Review: could Metformin cause Pancreatic Cancer?


Pancreatic cancer is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Januvia, 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, 200 have Pancreatic cancer. Find out below who they are, when they have Pancreatic cancer 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)

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer has been reported by people with death, rashes, thrombocytopenia, malignant neoplasm progression, diarrhea (latest reports from 11,374 Pancreatic cancer patients).

On Aug, 24, 2016

41,587 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 200 people (0.48%) have Pancreatic Cancer

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Pancreatic cancer?

Time on Metformin when people have Pancreatic Cancer *:

  • < 1 month: 5.88 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 29.41 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 17.65 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 5.88 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 11.76 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 23.53 %
  • 10+ years: 5.88 %

Gender of people who have Pancreatic Cancer when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 44.62 %
  • male: 55.38 %

Age of people who have Pancreatic Cancer when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 0.0 %
  • 30-39: 0.68 %
  • 40-49: 6.85 %
  • 50-59: 17.12 %
  • 60+: 75.34 %

Severity if Pancreatic Cancer when taking Metformin **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 100 %
  • severe: 0.0 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (115 people)
  • Diabetes Mellitus (44 people)
  • Hypertension (22 people)
  • Angina Pectoris (5 people)
  • Hyperlipidaemia (4 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Januvia (80 people)
  • Byetta (48 people)
  • Victoza (34 people)
  • Aspirin (31 people)
  • Simvastatin (30 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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