Mostly Reported Metformin Side Effects

date: 3 June 2024

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Metformin is effective for managing type 2 diabetes but can have side effects. Understanding these helps in managing your health better.

Common Side Effects

The most common side effects of Metformin include nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, and a metallic taste in the mouth.

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Gastrointestinal Issues

Many patients experience gastrointestinal issues like bloating, gas, and cramps, especially when starting Metformin.

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Hypoglycemia Risk

When combined with other diabetes medications, Metformin can cause low blood sugar levels, leading to symptoms like dizziness and sweating.

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Long-term use of Metformin can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency, which may cause anemia and nerve damage.

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Symptoms of B12 Deficiency

Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, numbness, and tingling in the hands and feet. Regular monitoring is essential.

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Risk of Lactic Acidosis

A rare but serious side effect is lactic acidosis, a condition characterized by the buildup of lactic acid in the blood.

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Skin Reactions

Some people may experience skin reactions like rash, redness, or itching when taking Metformin.

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Allergic Reactions Though rare, severe allergic reactions such as hives, swelling, and difficulty breathing require urgent medical care.

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Understanding Metformin's side effects is crucial for safe use.  Regular monitoring and communication with your doctor can help manage these effects effectively.


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