Can people with type 1 diabetes take metformin?

People with type 1 diabetes should not take metformin. This prescription medication for controlling blood sugar levels is designed for treating type 2 diabetes only and is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications. Brand names for metformin include Glucophage, Fortamet, Glumetza and Riomet.

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