Could Metformin cause Headache - from FDA reports


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 Byetta, and have Diabetes . We study 176,252 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA. Among them, 5,989 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 183,262 users)

Headache

Headache (pain in head) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, depression, pain (latest reports from 306,080 Headache patients).

On Dec, 26, 2016

176,252 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 5,989 people (3.4%) have Headache


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Headache?

Time on Metformin when people have Headache *:

  • < 1 month: 39.89 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 30.6 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 9.29 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 4.37 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 9.84 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 2.19 %
  • 10+ years: 3.83 %

Gender of people who have Headache when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 65.93 %
  • male: 34.07 %

Age of people who have Headache when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.04 %
  • 2-9: 0.12 %
  • 10-19: 0.65 %
  • 20-29: 1.64 %
  • 30-39: 6.06 %
  • 40-49: 14.34 %
  • 50-59: 31.16 %
  • 60+: 45.98 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Diabetes (1,343 people, 22.42%)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (1,188 people, 19.84%)
  • High Blood Pressure (850 people, 14.19%)
  • High Blood Cholesterol (610 people, 10.19%)
  • Depression (368 people, 6.14%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Byetta (711 people, 11.87%)
  • Aspirin (548 people, 9.15%)
  • Lisinopril (523 people, 8.73%)
  • Simvastatin (480 people, 8.01%)
  • Lantus (473 people, 7.90%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Nausea (1,810 people, 30.22%)
  • Dizziness (1,183 people, 19.75%)
  • Fatigue (1,103 people, 18.42%)
  • Diarrhea (950 people, 15.86%)
  • Blood Glucose Increased (850 people, 14.19%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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