BIGUANIDES (METFORMIN) Back

Medications

Metformin

Description

This drug helps people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes bring down their blood sugar level in three ways:

  1. It tells your liver to make less glucose.
  2. It lowers your insulin resistance, which means it makes your muscles use insulin better so glucose can get into them instead of staying in your blood.
  3. It helps your intestines absorb less glucose from your food.

It can lower your A1c, the "average" of your blood sugar control over a few months. It can also delay prediabetes becoming diabetes.

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin B12
Symptoms of Depletion

Folic Acid

  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Birth defects
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Elevated homocysteine
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Increased infections

Vitamin B12

  • Fatigue
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tongue and mouth irregularities
  • Macrocytic anemia
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Easy bruising
  • Dermatitis
  • Loss of appetite

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTATION:

Methyl B Complex
Additional Supplementation

Folic Acid

Dietary Supplements that have Potential for Interactions with Drug (or Drug Class)**

None

*Suggested supplements that may support overall health and are not at all intended to replace any prescription medications.

**These supplements listed may have the potential to interact with the drug or drug class. Use caution or avoid these supplements unless approved by your physician or preferred health care provider.