Review: could Metformin cause Constipation?


Summary

Constipation is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Byetta, and have Diabetes mellitus . We study 97,203 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,628 have Constipation. Find out below who they are, when they have Constipation and more.

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Metformin

Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from Metformin 99,381 users)

Constipation

Constipation has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, fever, pain, weakness, diarrhea (latest reports from 77,061 Constipation patients).

On Jul, 26, 2016

97,203 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 1,628 people (1.67%) have Constipation


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Constipation?

Time on Metformin when people have Constipation *:

  • < 1 month: 7 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 34 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 7 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 11 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 15 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 22 %
  • 10+ years: 4 %

Gender of people who have Constipation when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 55.57 %
  • male: 44.43 %

Age of people who have Constipation when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.44 %
  • 20-29: 0.58 %
  • 30-39: 4.59 %
  • 40-49: 11.44 %
  • 50-59: 23.54 %
  • 60+: 59.4 %

Severity if Constipation when taking Metformin **:

  • least: 4 %
  • moderate: 48 %
  • severe: 32 %
  • most severe: 16 %

How people recovered from Constipation **:

  • while on drug: 7.14 %
  • after off the drug: 14.29 %
  • not yet: 78.57 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Diabetes Mellitus (306 people)
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (263 people)
  • Diabetes Mellitus Non-Insulin-Dependent (169 people)
  • Hypertension (157 people)
  • Blood Cholesterol Increased (69 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Byetta (385 people)
  • Aspirin (320 people)
  • Lisinopril (233 people)
  • Lantus (178 people)
  • Glipizide (160 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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