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Review: could Metformin cause Cataract?

We study 97,185 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 100,693 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 135,731 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, osteopenia, diabetes.

On Jul, 18, 2014: 97,167 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 484 people (0.50%) have Cataract. They amount to 0.36% of all the 135,647 people who have Cataract on eHealthMe.

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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    Em on Jun, 23, 2014:

    HCTZ is a diuretic and should be taken in the morning.
    You need to drink more water or you will continue to have
    The odor of ammonia in your urine. The urine is concentrating in your bladder during the day and then when the HCTZ kicks in, you're urine is concentrated. You probably wet the bed because you were in very deep sleep and/or dreaming. This with the diuretic is a bad combination. To be safe ask your physician or pharmacist about the best time to take the HCTZ and tell your doctor about the odor of ammonia in your urine. I am not a primary care provider but have been a nurse for 27 years and have an MS degree so my advice and information are probably accurate but are not to be considered MEDICAL ADVICE. This information is only provided to assist you in discussing your medication and symptom, with a primary care provider (MD,DO, PA, FNP, NP. CNS...) and your pharmacist.

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