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Obesity and Weight Management

Metaformin ????

08/24/2006

Question:

hi there i have just been prescribed Metaformin Hydrochloride 500mg (diabex tablets) for weight loss i weigh 116kg and i am 5 ft 7 my BMI is 39.2. I want to know whether this is a good option for me?

Answer:

The first question I would ask is has your doctor ever diagnosed you with diabetes? Actually, Metformin Hydrochloride is an oral antihyperglycemic agent that is prescribed for Type 2 diabetes. In other words, Metformin is used to control blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics.

If you are concerned, I would suggest speaking with your doctor in more detail about why you have been prescribed this medication and the potential side effects that may occur as a result of taking this medication.

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Response by:

Jaime  Ackerman Foster, MPH, RD, LD Jaime Ackerman Foster, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Nutrition Associate
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University