Metformin and Itching - from FDA reports


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 Niaspan, and have Diabetes . We study 176,252 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA. Among them, 3,312 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 Metformin 183,350 users)

Itching

Itching has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis (latest reports from 150,366 Itching patients).

On Jan, 26, 2017

176,252 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 3,312 people (1.88%) have Itching


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Itching?

Time on Metformin when people have Itching *:

  • < 1 month: 47.19 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 30.34 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 4.49 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 8.99 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 4.49 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 3.37 %
  • 10+ years: 1.12 %

Gender of people who have Itching when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 59.2 %
  • male: 40.8 %

Age of people who have Itching when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.04 %
  • 10-19: 0.36 %
  • 20-29: 0.97 %
  • 30-39: 3.22 %
  • 40-49: 12.2 %
  • 50-59: 25.94 %
  • 60+: 57.23 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Diabetes (741 people, 22.37%)
  • High Blood Cholesterol (577 people, 17.42%)
  • High Blood Pressure (479 people, 14.46%)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (467 people, 14.10%)
  • High Density Lipoprotein Decreased (150 people, 4.53%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Niaspan (481 people, 14.52%)
  • Aspirin (467 people, 14.10%)
  • Lisinopril (372 people, 11.23%)
  • Lipitor (233 people, 7.04%)
  • Simvastatin (224 people, 6.76%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Rashes (1,034 people, 31.22%)
  • Skin Blushing/flushing (457 people, 13.80%)
  • Urticaria (336 people, 10.14%)
  • Fatigue (310 people, 9.36%)
  • Nausea (305 people, 9.21%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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