For many people with diabetes, metformin comes first. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that doctors prescribe this medication to their newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes before trying other drugs. And yet despite being one of the most prescribed medications worldwide, metformin is not mundane. In addition to its ability to lower blood glucose—safely and inexpensively—metformin may have some other tricks up its sleeve. It continues to intrigue researchers, doctors, and patients, even after more than 15 years on the U. Recent studies suggest that it may be an antidote to everything from obesity to cancer. It's not yet clear whether this humble pill will live up to the hype, but researchers are optimistic. Type 2 diabetes is marked, in part, by insulin resistance, the body's inability to lower blood glucose levels in response to the hormone insulin. Metformin helps restore the body's ability to respond to insulin, particularly in the liver. Rarely, too much metformin can build up in the body and cause a serious (sometimes fatal) condition called lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is more likely if you are an older adult, if you have kidney or liver disease, dehydration, heart failure, heavy alcohol use, if you have surgery, if you have X-ray or scanning procedures that use iodinated contrast, or if you are using certain drugs. For some conditions, your doctor may tell you to stop taking this medication for a short time. Stop taking this medication and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as unusual tiredness, dizziness, severe drowsiness, chills, blue/cold skin, muscle pain, fast/difficult breathing, slow/irregular heartbeat, or stomach pain with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Show More Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program and possibly with other medications to control high blood sugar. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Metformin works by helping to restore your body's proper response to the insulin you naturally produce. It also decreases the amount of sugar that your liver makes and that your stomach/intestines absorb. Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking metformin and each time you get a refill.
Metformin is the first-line drug of choice in the treatment of type II diabetes. Today's major problem is not drugs available in other countries that Americans can't. Metformin is primarily used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.