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Is my father at risk of lactic acidosis from taking metformin?

Anyone who takes the diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet) can be at risk of developing lactic acidosis, a potentially life-threatening buildup of lactic acid in the bloodstream. A number of factors can increase a person's risk of lactic acidosis while taking metformin, including liver or kidney disease, heart failure or a serious infection.

Dehydration and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can also increase a person's risk of lactic acidosis, so anyone who takes metformin should be sure to drink plenty of fluids and not binge on alcohol.

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