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Review: could Metformin cause Itching?

Summary: Itching 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 97,464 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,880 have Itching. Find out below who they are, when they have Itching and more.

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Metformin

Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from 101,000 Metformin users)

Itching

Itching has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, multiple sclerosis. (latest reports from 88,273 Itching patients)

On Feb, 11, 2015: 97,426 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 1,864 people (1.91%) have Itching.

Trend of Itching in Metformin reports

Time on Metformin when people have Itching * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Itching36.23%24.64%7.25%11.59%8.70%8.70%2.90%

Gender of people who have Itching when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Itching57.51%42.49%

Age of people who have Itching when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Itching0.00%0.00%0.28%0.48%3.87%14.93%25.50%54.94%

Severity of Itching when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Itching5.00%25.00%55.00%15.00%

How people recovered from Itching ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Itching0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (323 people, 17.33%)
  2. Hypertension (235 people, 12.61%)
  3. Blood cholesterol increased (223 people, 11.96%)
  4. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (172 people, 9.23%)
  5. High density lipoprotein decreased (135 people, 7.24%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (1,002 people, 53.76%)
  2. Aspirin (527 people, 28.27%)
  3. Niaspan (461 people, 24.73%)
  4. Lisinopril (268 people, 14.38%)
  5. Metformin hydrochloride (219 people, 11.75%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • intermittent, no physical explanation, no rashes, no hives, etc.

    Reply

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • mostly on right palm...about 3 times a day for 45 min...since starting statin

    Reply

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Have been itching all over, scalp, ears, face, arms, legs, buttock, everywhere. I have never had this problem before. I have been on lorazepam for years with no problems.

    Reply

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