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Review: could Metformin cause Irritable bowel syndrome?

We study 97,208 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 87 have Irritable bowel syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Irritable bowel syndrome and more.

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Metformin

Metformin (latest outcomes from 100,693 users) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in type 2 diabetes.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (latest reports from 71,045 patients) has been reported by people with acne, osteoporosis, depression, osteopenia, high blood pressure.

On Jul, 13, 2014: 97,167 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 87 people (0.09%) have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They amount to 0.12% of all the 70,853 people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome on eHealthMe.

Trend of Irritable bowel syndrome in Metformin reports

Time on Metformin when people have Irritable bowel syndrome * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Irritable bowel syndrome0.00%0.00%0.00%20.00%0.00%60.00%20.00%

Gender of people who have Irritable bowel syndrome when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Irritable bowel syndrome72.73%27.27%

Age of people who have Irritable bowel syndrome when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Irritable bowel syndrome0.00%0.00%1.39%0.00%1.39%16.67%44.44%36.11%

Severity of Irritable bowel syndrome when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Irritable bowel syndrome0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Irritable bowel syndrome ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Irritable bowel syndrome0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (11 people, 12.64%)
  2. Anxiety (9 people, 10.34%)
  3. Diabetes mellitus (8 people, 9.20%)
  4. Hypertension (7 people, 8.05%)
  5. Blood cholesterol increased (7 people, 8.05%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (56 people, 64.37%)
  2. Lisinopril (24 people, 27.59%)
  3. Aspirin (23 people, 26.44%)
  4. Lipitor (17 people, 19.54%)
  5. Simvastatin (16 people, 18.39%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • He has severe hiccups with vomiting that will last for weeks at a time & tend to come in cycles lasting 10-12 days continuous & cycle every 2-3 weeks........ He is unable to speak once it starts and even has severe breathing attacks during hiccups. He has been to the ER multiple times, to no avail. He has had CT's, c-scopes & e-scopes. He has excessive GI reflux & takes Nexium daiiy, with no relief. He has also taken muscle relaxers, tranquilizers, anti-nausea meds, etc....NONE of which resolve the issue.

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  • From this study (6 days ago):

  • I started taking Zyclara as a topical ointment on my back to treat Basil Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer. It worked in removing the cancer. However, the process has been most difficult. It has been 8 months since I started the 6 week process, and I still am losing my hair, have severe diarhea, and the doctors can not find anything wrong with me. They found Candida in the beginning and treated that, they found some small ulcers in my small intestin. I have been cleared of Crohns, Celiac disease, just about everything you could think of. I am still fighting an uphill battle to stop the diarhea, hair loss, and stomach cramping. IBS is another thing I was diagnosed with after the candida cleared.

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    O&O on Jul, 25, 2014:

    You may have seen from my other posts that I am a lawyer in Ontario, Canada who has been speaking with a number of people who have suffered side-effects from Aldara, so I can get the word out through the media about this medication.

    Your symptoms sound just terrible. I may not be able to help you if you are not in Canada somewhere, but I may be able to find a lawyer for you in your area if you are interested in contacting me: aoakley@oakleylegal.com

    Reply

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