Review: could Metformin cause Parkinson's disease?
Summary: Parkinson's disease is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, 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, 118 have Parkinson's disease. Find out below who they are, when they have Parkinson's disease and more.
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Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from 101,000 Metformin users)
Parkinson's disease has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia. (latest reports from 24,989 Parkinson's disease patients)
On Mar, 1, 2015: 97,464 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 119 people (0.12%) have Parkinson's Disease.
Time on Metformin when people have Parkinson's disease * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Parkinson's disease||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Parkinson's disease when taking Metformin * :
|Parkinson's disease||42.40%||57.60% |
Age of people who have Parkinson's disease when taking Metformin * :
|Parkinson's disease||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||1.98%||8.91%||9.90%||79.21% |
Severity of Parkinson's disease when taking Metformin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Parkinson's disease||50.00%||50.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Parkinson's disease ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Parkinson's disease||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Diabetes mellitus (20 people, 16.81%)
- Hypertension (17 people, 14.29%)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (13 people, 10.92%)
- Parkinson's disease (13 people, 10.92%)
- Bipolar disorder (10 people, 8.40%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Metformin hcl (65 people, 54.62%)
- Aspirin (43 people, 36.13%)
- Lipitor (19 people, 15.97%)
- Clonazepam (17 people, 14.29%)
- Glipizide (17 people, 14.29%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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After my mother died, i gain 54 pounds in 1 year - at that point my fasting blood sugar was 6.8. I have lost 49 pounds and have changed my diet and activity level.
My fasting blood sugar was 6.1 2 months ago. In the past 8 months, my symptoms have not gone away and I have been advised that my sodium level (from blood test) is less than 1%. For the last 2 weeks, I have had a blood sugar reading of 5 or less 2 hours after eating. I stopped taking the metformin yesterday and had a blood sugar reading of 4.2 2 hours after eating breakfast this morning. (even after a glass of wine last night and a small dessert - it was Thanksgiving after all). I need this pain and weakness to be gone - I have always been strong and capable. I am still in process with weight loss and want to lose another 16 pounds and get back to the gym.
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