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Review: could Metformin cause Cataract?

We study 97,314 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 484 have Cataract. Find out below who they are, when they have Cataract and more.

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Metformin

Metformin (latest outcomes from 100,800 users) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes.

Cataract

Cataract (clouding of the lens inside the eye) (latest reports from 136,126 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, osteopenia, diabetes.

On Sep, 18, 2014: 97,239 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 484 people (0.50%) have Cataract.

Trend of Cataract in Metformin reports

Time on Metformin when people have Cataract * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Cataract54.55%27.27%0.00%0.00%9.09%9.09%0.00%

Gender of people who have Cataract when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Cataract60.00%40.00%

Age of people who have Cataract when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Cataract0.00%0.00%0.00%0.76%3.05%11.17%16.50%68.53%

Severity of Cataract when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Cataract50.00%50.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Cataract ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Cataract0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (100 people, 20.66%)
  2. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (81 people, 16.74%)
  3. Hypertension (73 people, 15.08%)
  4. Osteoporosis (34 people, 7.02%)
  5. Depression (33 people, 6.82%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (316 people, 65.29%)
  2. Aspirin (131 people, 27.07%)
  3. Lipitor (91 people, 18.80%)
  4. Lisinopril (89 people, 18.39%)
  5. Metformin hydrochloride (68 people, 14.05%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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