metformin

noun
met·​for·​min | \met-ˈfȯr-mən \

Definition of metformin 

: a drug used in the form of its hydrochloride C4H11N5·HCl especially to treat type 2 diabetes

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The major players are rapamycin, metformin, resveratrol and hydroxycitrate. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 The cost of common drugs like the generic version of the cholesterol drug Zocor, or the diabetes drug metformin, differ significantly from coast to coast. Katie Thomas, BostonGlobe.com, "What does a drug cost? It depends on where you live.," 7 July 2018 The lifestyle changes proved to be especially effective for people older than 60, while metformin was especially helpful for those between the ages of 25 and 44 as well as those with a BMI over 35. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 Carla takes inexpensive metformin—just $3 a month—for diabetes, and doesn’t yet need insulin. John Tozzi, Bloomberg.com, "Sky-High Deductibles Broke the U.S. Health Insurance System," 26 June 2018 Carla takes inexpensive metformin — just $3 a month — for diabetes and doesn’t need insulin. John Tozzi And Zachary Tracer, latimes.com, "How sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system," 26 June 2018 The Method: Pop metformin, a common treatment for type 2 diabetes. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "The Science Behind the Pursuit of Youth," 27 Mar. 2018 The company is giving away $1 million in metformin, glipizide and pioglitazone, used to treat Type 2 diabetes, at participating pharmacies including Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Kroger and Kmart, among others. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free diabetes medications for a year at area pharmacies from Blink Health," 9 Apr. 2018 The few clinical trials testing the concept in people have mostly used already approved compounds such as metformin. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "To treat some diseases, researchers are putting immune cells on a diet," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of metformin

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metformin

methyl + -formin (as in phenformin, an earlier antidiabetic drug)

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metformin

noun
met·​for·​min | \met-ˈfȯr-mən \

Medical Definition of metformin 

: an antidiabetic drug used in the form of its hydrochloride C4H11N5·HCl especially to treat type 2 diabetes in patients unresponsive to or intolerant of approved sulfonylurea drugs

Note: Trademarks for preparations containing metformin include Glucophage, Glucovance, Invokamet, Janumet, Jentadueto, and Kombiglyze.

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