Features November 2016 Issue

Study: Many Patients Don’t Start New Therapy if Metformin Fails

Metformin is usually taken twice daily to control glucose.

Study: Many Patients Don’t Start New Therapy if Metformin Fails

The widely used diabetes drug metformin is generally well-tolerated, but for those who canít take it, alternative therapies should start soon.

Metformin is the most widely used drug to help control blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Though it is usually well tolerated, metformin doesnít work for everyone. For some people, it doesnít lower blood glucose levels enough. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) recommends that when metformin doesnít work after three months of treatment, an alternative aggressive glucose-lowering therapy should begin promptly.

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