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Review: could Metformin cause Diverticulitis?

Summary: Diverticulitis could be caused by Metformin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Metformin hcl, and have Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

We study 97,056 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 192 have Diverticulitis. Find out below who they are, when they have Diverticulitis and more.

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Metformin

Metformin (latest outcomes from 100,539 users) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes.

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis (digestive disease which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) within the bowel wall) (latest reports from 63,456 patients) has been reported by people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, multiple myeloma.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 97,158 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 192 people (0.20%) have Diverticulitis. They amount to 0.30% of all the 63,290 people who have Diverticulitis on eHealthMe.

Trend of Diverticulitis in Metformin reports

Time on Metformin when people have Diverticulitis * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Diverticulitis0.00%75.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%25.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Diverticulitis when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Diverticulitis59.09%40.91%

Age of people who have Diverticulitis when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Diverticulitis0.00%0.00%0.00%0.58%0.00%21.05%23.39%54.97%

Severity of Diverticulitis when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Diverticulitis0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Diverticulitis ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Diverticulitis0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (25 people, 13.02%)
  2. Diabetes mellitus (24 people, 12.50%)
  3. Hypertension (23 people, 11.98%)
  4. Osteopenia (15 people, 7.81%)
  5. Multiple myeloma (14 people, 7.29%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (126 people, 65.62%)
  2. Aspirin (74 people, 38.54%)
  3. Simvastatin (42 people, 21.88%)
  4. Lisinopril (36 people, 18.75%)
  5. Byetta (35 people, 18.23%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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