Could Metformin cause Diverticulitis - from FDA reports


Summary

Diverticulitis is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Lantus, and have Diabetes . We study 91,607 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA. Among them, 186 have Diverticulitis. Find out below who they are, when they have Diverticulitis and more.

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Metformin

Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from Metformin 183,204 users)

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis (digestive disease which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) within the bowel wall) has been reported by people with rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, multiple myeloma (latest reports from 14,665 Diverticulitis patients).

On Dec, 02, 2016

91,607 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 186 people (0.2%) have Diverticulitis


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Diverticulitis?

Time on Metformin when people have Diverticulitis *:

  • < 1 month: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 25 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 50 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 25 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Diverticulitis when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 61.36 %
  • male: 38.64 %

Age of people who have Diverticulitis when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 1.38 %
  • 30-39: 0.69 %
  • 40-49: 6.9 %
  • 50-59: 25.52 %
  • 60+: 65.52 %

Severity of Diverticulitis **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 50 %
  • severe: 50 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Diabetes (43 people, 23.12%)
  • High Blood Pressure (41 people, 22.04%)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (40 people, 21.51%)
  • High Blood Cholesterol (31 people, 16.67%)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (19 people, 10.22%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Lantus (21 people, 11.29%)
  • Lipitor (18 people, 9.68%)
  • Crestor (16 people, 8.60%)
  • Nexium (15 people, 8.06%)
  • Amlodipine (14 people, 7.53%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Diarrhea (34 people, 18.28%)
  • Nausea (32 people, 17.20%)
  • Dizziness (30 people, 16.13%)
  • High Blood Pressure (24 people, 12.90%)
  • Breathing Difficulty (24 people, 12.90%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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