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Review: could Metformin cause Headache?





Summary: Headache is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Metformin hcl, and have Diabetes.

We study 97,386 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 3,419 have Headache. Find out below who they are, when they have Headache and more.

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Metformin

Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from Metformin 100,917 users)

Headache

Headache (pain in head) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.(latest reports from Headache 199,069 patients)

On Dec, 13, 2014: 97,351 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 3,419 people (3.51%) have Headache.

Trend of Headache in Metformin reports

Time on Metformin when people have Headache * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headache37.59%21.28%7.80%9.93%15.60%6.38%1.42%

Gender of people who have Headache when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Headache67.23%32.77%

Age of people who have Headache when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headache0.03%0.03%0.69%1.44%6.61%15.43%32.15%43.62%

Severity of Headache when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Headache7.41%68.52%24.07%0.00%

How people recovered from Headache ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Headache0.00%11.11%88.89%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (636 people, 18.60%)
  2. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (482 people, 14.10%)
  3. Hypertension (426 people, 12.46%)
  4. Diabetes mellitus non-insulin-dependent (325 people, 9.51%)
  5. Depression (231 people, 6.76%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (2,294 people, 67.10%)
  2. Byetta (691 people, 20.21%)
  3. Aspirin (572 people, 16.73%)
  4. Lisinopril (419 people, 12.26%)
  5. Simvastatin (404 people, 11.82%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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