Review: could Metformin cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome?


Irritable bowel syndrome is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take medication Aspirin, and have Type 2 diabetes mellitus . We study 41,587 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 40 have Irritable bowel syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Irritable bowel syndrome and more.

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Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from Metformin 117,555 users)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, constipation, abdominal pain upper, abdominal pain, diarrhea (latest reports from 17,030 Irritable bowel syndrome patients).

On Aug, 23, 2016

41,587 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 40 people (0.1%) have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Irritable bowel syndrome?

Time on Metformin when people have Irritable Bowel Syndrome *:

  • < 1 month: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 0.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 100 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 67.5 %
  • male: 32.5 %

Age of people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 2.78 %
  • 20-29: 2.78 %
  • 30-39: 5.56 %
  • 40-49: 5.56 %
  • 50-59: 30.56 %
  • 60+: 52.78 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (11 people)
  • Diabetes Mellitus (7 people)
  • Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease (3 people)
  • Blood Pressure Abnormal (3 people)
  • Blood Cholesterol Increased (3 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Aspirin (11 people)
  • Lisinopril (7 people)
  • Lantus (7 people)
  • Furosemide (6 people)
  • Celebrex (6 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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