Metformin – Why Would You Take This Drug?

The following information was garnered from the Metformin website. I’m amazed that this drug is still being allowed on the market.

We see several diabetics each month, and we are privileged to show them how  to take charge of the their health and overcome their dependence on Metformin.  If you are using this drug to control your diabetes, please take the time to read about the dangers associated with this drug.  Type 2 diabetes can be reversed and you can live a wonderful life free from the debilitating side affects of drugs like Metfomrin.

Perhaps some day all doctors will recognize the importance of living foods and good  nutrition and the dangers that pharmaceuticals present in lowering our immune systems and depleting our bodies of the nutrients needed to prevent disease. Until then, it’s up to each of us to make the choice,  to take charge of our health and to give our bodies what they need.

Blessings,

Bobby

  • Metformin may cause a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis. Your risk of lactic acidosis increases with other medical conditions, including congestive heart failure  (CHF), kidney failure, and liver problems, including liver failure and cirrhosis.
  • Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of lactic acidosis. Drinking large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis or drinking a large amount of alcohol at once (binge drinking) should be avoided while taking Metformin. 
  • Since liver disease (including liver failure and cirrhosis) can increase your risk of lactic acidosis, you should not take Metformin if your liver is not functioning normally.
  • Your kidney function needs to be monitored while you are taking  Metformin. This means that you should have blood tests to check your kidneys before you start metformin and then at least once every year. If your kidney function is very poor, you should not take metformin due to increased risk of lactic acidosis.
  • Taking Metformin and contrast dye at the same time can increase your risk of kidney damage. Contrast dye is used for certain radiology procedures, including some x-rays, CT scans, and heart catherizations. Also, metformin should be temporarily stopped for most major surgeries and should be restarted when you are eating normally again.
  • Fever, infections, injury, or surgery can temporarily increase your blood sugar, even in people with well-controlled diabetes. Metformin may not be enough to treat your diabetes at these times, and the use of insulin may be required.

Contact your healthcare provider if you have a fever, infection, injury, or will be having surgery. Also, make sure you know the symptoms of high blood sugar and how to check your blood sugar levels.

  • Let your healthcare provider know if you drink a much lower amount of liquid than normal or if you have an illness that causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. These conditions can lead to severe dehydration (loss of water in your body). You may need to stop taking Metformin for a short time.
  • Metformin can decrease your levels of vitamin B12. Your healthcare provider should monitor your vitamin B12 levels, especially if you have a vitamin B12 deficiency (including pernicious anemia).
  • Metformin can interact with certain medications. 
  • Metformin is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use in pregnant women, although the full risks of Metformin during pregnancy are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking Metformin during pregnancy .
  • Metformin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about this.
  • Rarely, Metformin can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This usually occurs when Metformin is combined with other diabetes medications.  Low blood sugar is reported more frequently in elderly people and in people with adrenal, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems — as well as during fasting before surgery and after prolonged exercise. Low blood sugar symptoms may include irritability, trembling, cold sweats, or blurry vision, among other things.

Metformin Warnings and Precautions: Summary

There are several situations where metformin should not be taken, along with a number of precautions and warnings people should be aware of with this drug. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions for metformin were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific ones that may apply to you.
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10 thoughts on “Metformin – Why Would You Take This Drug?

  1. Metformin is certainly inferior to more natural methods for controlling insuling-resistant diabetes in most cases, but your web site’s huge warning “Metformin: why would you take this drug?” is silly and clearly written by someone who whould not be writing about medications.

    None of the terrible warnings you list are actually significant; indeed, they are no more compelling than the warnings associated with Aspirin — or multivitamins and many herbal remedies, for that matter. For instance, I would worry more about the repercussion of taking raw/fresh/naturally unmeasured doses of Ginkgo Biloba or extra doses of Niacin than standard doses of Metformin.

    Much more important to people who rely upon Metformin to control dangerous increases in blood glucose is the unnerving fact that much like some sugar substitutes, Metformin can actually induce increased hunger, binge eating, impulsive diet changes/failures, and “apple-shape” obesity. This is the kind of obesity most closely associated with heart disease and several cancers.

    It is important to always strive to educate our clients about the risks and benefits of therapies of all sorts. Next time you decide to send out a warning about a medication, please give the task to someone more prepared to do so effectively.

    Thank you,

    Gregory Ramos, MSN, RN-CS

    • Gregory,
      Thank you for your comment. As someone who deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with Metformin, I felt it was necessary to draw attention to the possible problems associated with this drug. I am glad the article caught your eye and you have given us some further insight. I look forward to hearing more from you again.
      Blessings

  2. im 74,,been on metformin for 2 years,,,this summer i had kidney stone opperation,,,teeth remov ed and a colonostopy,,,i started having servere pain in my right side at bottom of ribs,,,,i never stopped taking metformin,,,no doctor told me too,,,,i lost 28 lbs and was going down hill fast,,,,,,i was sure i would not live thru winter,,,,,,sweeats,,shakes etc,,,then they put me on glyruride,,,that was awlful,,,low sugar reactions wer terrible,,,now im on jan uvia,,,my test r always nrmal now,,,but my dr has not did any tests,,,,i hav blood in stool and urine,,is this all because of metformin…thank u

    • I am so sorry you have had such severe adverse reactions to Metformin. If you need help in regaining your health, please contact us and we would be happy to teach you how to get started.
      Blessings,
      Bobby

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  4. My husband experienced kidney problems after using Metformin. How can we reverse these awful affects. His kidney function is low.

    • Your question is valid, but we would need more information, so we can assist you properly. Please feel free to call our offices and talk with Angel or Bobby.

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