metformin

noun
met·​for·​min | \ met-ˈfȯr-mən How to pronounce metformin (audio) \

Definition of metformin

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Since then, more than 10 companies have issued recalls on ER metformin tablets: Amneal Pharmaceuticals. Apotex Corp. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "'Don't panic.' Anti-diabetes medication recalled, may contain high levels of cancer-causing compound," 9 Oct. 2020 An article on Tuesday about the dangers of taking inappropriate prescriptions misstated the anti-diarrheal medication Lisa McCarthy said some patients use to counter the effects of metformin. New York Times, "Corrections: Sept. 12, 2020," 12 Sep. 2020 Other compounds, like the antiaging drug rapamycin and the diabetes treatment metformin, have shown similar effects in mouse experiments. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Bodybuilding supplement promotes healthy aging and extends life span, at least in mice," 1 Sep. 2020 The day before that first subject signed up, on March 16, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the drug, sparking interest among the crowd that wants to extend its life with metformin and blood from young people. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Info War Over Chloroquine Has Slowed Covid-19 Science," 1 May 2020 Iranian scientists have launched least a dozen other clinical trials, exploring the COVID-19 fighting promise of compounds such as tocilizumab, normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and metformin, a diabetes medication. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Iran confronts coronavirus amid a ‘battle between science and conspiracy theories’," 29 Mar. 2020 To find a good price on metformin, Rifai recommends checking out goodrx.com. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Meijer to stop offering some free prescription drugs: What to know," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent studies show the drug somehow alters the mix of gut microbes in ways that make metformin more effective. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020 Another drug that gets a microbial helping hand is metformin, the first-line medication for type 2 diabetes. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metformin. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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metformin

noun
met·​for·​min | \ met-ˈfȯr-mən How to pronounce metformin (audio) \

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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