Review: Kidney stones in Metformin
(By eHealthMe on Dec, 4, 2013)
Severity ratings: 3.0/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
This is a review of Kidney stones by studying 9,493 people who take Metformin. We analyze: the time on Metformin when people have Kidney stones, gender and age of these people, the severity of Kidney stones, how they recovered, and common conditions and drugs used besides Metformin. The review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Metformin hydrochloride (latest outcomes) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes, type 2 diabetes. Commonly reported side effects of Metformin hydrochloride include nausea, nausea aggravated, blood glucose increased, renal failure acute, lactic acidosis.
Kidney stones has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, pain.
On Dec, 4, 2013: 9,493 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin hydrochloride. Among them, 49 people (0.52%) have Kidney Stones.
Time on Metformin hydrochloride when people have Kidney stones * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Kidney stones||0.00%||16.67%||0.00%||0.00%||33.33%||16.67%||33.33% |
Gender of people who have Kidney stones when taking Metformin hydrochloride * :
|Kidney stones||44.23%||55.77% |
Age of people who have Kidney stones when taking Metformin hydrochloride * :
|Kidney stones||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||9.38%||12.50%||37.50%||40.62% |
Severity of Kidney stones when taking Metformin hydrochloride ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Kidney stones||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Kidney stones ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Kidney stones||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Diabetes mellitus (15 people, 30.61%)
- Metastatic neoplasm (13 people, 26.53%)
- Breast cancer metastatic (11 people, 22.45%)
- Hypersensitivity (10 people, 20.41%)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (7 people, 14.29%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (23 people, 46.94%)
- Crestor (19 people, 38.78%)
- Zometa (19 people, 38.78%)
- Colace (18 people, 36.73%)
- Insulin (18 people, 36.73%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
Wil (10 months ago):
UPDATE: August and September 2012 had Lithotripsy for two large stones. Also stopped Metformin after consultation with Dr and reevaluation of the need. next recheck due in May 2013
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Kenneth Cruthis (10 months ago):
I am seventy years old and in pretty good health, I am borderline type two diabetic. My doctor prescribed Metphormin and within a week I was passing multiple small kidney stones and after about a week , still passing stones, then I quit for a couple of weeks and the stones subsided, then I started taking the drug again and the stones started back up again, now I have had a history of stones in the past but nothing as frequent as this. I started taking 2000 mg. of Calcium each day and haven't been bothered with stones in several years until I started taking Metphormin. This is the only Generic drug that I know of for non insulin dependent diabetes. I may try it again for another test. I have decided that my health is my reasonability with loosing weight, diet and exercise.
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Wil (2 years ago):
I have been on Metformin 250mg twice daily for about 7 months. My first ever kidney stone event occured at 5 months with a second event at 7 months. Metformin was the replacement for Avandia which I had taken for years without incident. I am 68 years old.
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Kreese (3 years ago):
I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic late 2010 and started onn Medformin 250 mg twice a day. very strange that my blood sugars were normal afdter 1 week on the meds and continued to be normal even after having a none fasting blood sugar and A1C done, which were all normal as well.
Recently I had kidney stones from hell and was rushed to the hospital after being on Medformin for 6 Months.
Being in the pharmaceutcal field I am convinced that Medformin causes Kidney Stones. Drug companies do not report all side affects from clinical trials to the FDA, this I can tell you they use the data that is good for them to get their dug approved. I am sure that the numbers are higher for people developing kidney stones from Medformin.
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