Definition of metformin
: a drug C4C11N5 used in the form of its hydrochloride to treat type 2 diabetes
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To learn more about the pros and cons of metformin and other treatments, read our Guide to Managing Diabetes.
The task force considered two medications that are sometimes used to help kids lose weight, orlistat and metformin.
Currently the main treatment option is the drug metformin .
About 30 percent of patients who take metformin develop nausea, bloating and abdominal pain.
In 2013, Filipe Cabreiro showed that metformin—a drug that’s used to treat type 2 diabetes, and that’s being investigated for anti-aging properties—lengthens the lives of nematode worms, but only if the worms have microbes in their guts.
A study of the diabetes drug metformin, published two years ago in The Lancet, failed to show any impact on the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Eventually, Dr. Machineni found a drug combination that had a lasting effect — the diabetes drug metformin, which can have a side effect of weight loss, and lorcaserin, or Belviq, a new weight-loss drug that acts on the brain to control appetite.
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Origin and Etymology of metformin
methyl + -formin (as in phenformin, an earlier antidiabetic drug)
First Known Use: 1961See Words from the same year
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 ◆Trademarks for preparations containing metformin include Glucophage, Glucovance, Invokamet, Janumet, Jentadueto, and Kombiglyze.
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