Metformin, sold under the brand name Glucophage among others, is the first-line medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, particularly in people who are overweight.
It is also used in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.
Want to know about metformin dosage and learn about metformin side effects for diabetes or PCOS?
Metformin has multiple dosages and how to take metformin makes a big difference in how many side effects you can get from the drug.
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.
In this video, Dr. Ergin talks about everything you need to know about metformin.
In addition to the above, he discusses why metformin was recalled, is metformin good or bad for your heart, and whether it is associated with cancer or not.
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