Advertisement

Is metformin safe for long term use?

Most people have mild side effects with metformin. This drug is safe for long term use; however it should be accompanied by a diet and exercise plan. In addition, this medication may not work as well over time as your body adapts to it.


If you become elderly, while taking metformin, you should have regular kidney function tests. If there is decreased kidney function, taking metformin could put you at risk for lactic acidosis, which is very serious and sometimes fatal. Metformin should be temporarily discontinued in people who are having radiologic tests that require iodinated contrast materials, as this can cause problems with renal function. If you start to drink alcohol excessively, you should no longer take this medication.


Continue Learning about Metformin

Metformin Drug: The New Fountain of Youth?
Metformin Drug: The New Fountain of Youth?
Metformin, a common prescription drug that’s used to treat type 2 diabetes, is making headlines worldwide – but the big news has nothing to do with di...
Read More
Can I take metformin with insulin for my type 2 diabetes?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet) is a prescription medication that helps to control blood sugar le...
More Answers
How does the diabetes drug glucophage work?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Glucophage (metformin) treats type 2 diabetes by helping to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in...
More Answers
What are oral hypoglycemic agents for type 2 diabetes?
American Diabetes AssociationAmerican Diabetes Association
Oral hypoglycemic agents are medicines taken by mouth by people with type 2 diabetes to keep blo...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.