Recall of metformin extended release
In May 2020, the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)recommended that some makers of metformin extended release remove some of their tablets from the U.S. market. This is because an unacceptable level of a probable carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) was found in some extended-release metformin tablets.
If you are currently taking this drug, you should call your healthcare professional. They will tell you whether you should take your medication or not.
Metformin is a drug for managing blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. You may have heard that metformin can also help you lose weight. But is it true?
Here is what you should know about the benefits of the drug for weight loss and why a doctor may prescribe it for you.
The FDA does not approve a stand-alone weight loss drug.
However, people using metformin for other means may lose weight as a side effect. The exact mechanism of this is unclear. Unlike other diabetes medications, metformin doesn’t cause weight gain.
Metformin may affect the gut microbiota, cause the release of appetite-suppressing hormones, and affect appetite-regulating parts of the brain.
Some people taking metformin may experience symptoms of scurvy, nausea, and vomiting. The side effects may make a person want to eat less.
Long-term weight loss
However, taking the drug without following other healthy habits may not lead to weight loss. Individuals who follow a healthy diet and exercise while taking metformin tend to lose the most weight.
You can only lose weight if you take the medication. If you stop taking the drug, you have a good chance of regaining your original weight. You may gain back some of the weight you lost while taking the drug.
In fact, a doctor
The FDA has not approved a drug for a specific use, which is why it is called off label. There is less information about how effective it is.
Metformin is a medication used for diabetes. There are no official dose recommendations for it.
If you are prescribed off label, the doctor will decide on a dose that is right for you. You will probably start with a low dose and gradually increase it over time. This can help reduce the effects of side effects.
One off-label use of metformin is for antipsychotic drug-induced weight loss. Doses for immediate-release metformin can range from
If you are losing weight while taking the medication, it may be because of something else. Other factors can result in weight loss.
Weight loss may be caused by issues with the bicyle. These issues are related.
- There is a lot of diarrhea.
- Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition.
- There are infections of the stomach and the intestines.
- The stomach or the intestines have surgeries.
Other health conditions
Some health conditions may also cause loss of appetite, which can lead to weight loss. These conditions include:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- The disease AIDS.
- “Parkinson’s disease is a disease.”
Certain thyroid medications boost your metabolism, which can cause weight loss. One symptom of an underactive thyroid is weight gain. Taking medications to treat this may cause weight loss as hormones rebalance. These drugs include levothyroxine, liothyronine, and liotrix.
Other drugs that may cause weight loss as a side effect include some attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs, such as amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Concerta).
Metformin is a relatively safe drug with side effects that usually go away over time. It is important that any weight loss you may have is gradual and minimal.
“If you are concerned about the amount of weight you have lost, talk to a doctor. They can help you figure out what’s causing your weight loss.”
If you lose weight quickly and have no appetite or energy, you should call a doctor. You should be able to call any time you have questions about your health or weight.
The road to weight loss varies from person to person. Still, the weight loss method doctors typically recommend is a combination of a balanced diet and exercise. For more information, read about diabetes-safe diets and exercise tips for people with diabetes.
Talk to a doctor about weight loss and the drug metformin. They can answer your questions and help you find a plan that works for you. Some questions you might ask are listed.
- Can you suggest a diet and exercise program to help me lose weight?
- Do I need to take medication to lose weight?
- What is a reasonable weight loss goal for me?
- Should I work with a dietician?
- If I lose weight, could I stop taking some medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure?