Review: could Metformin cause Parkinson's disease?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 7, 2014)
Severity ratings: 1.5/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 91,513 people who take Metformin. Among them, 117 have Parkinson's disease. See who they are, when they have Parkinson's disease and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Metformin (latest outcomes from 100,457 users) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes, type 2 diabetes. Commonly reported side effects of Metformin include blood glucose increased, nausea, nausea aggravated, weight decreased, nausea and vomiting.
Parkinson's disease (latest reports from 59,181 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia.
On Feb, 24, 2014: 91,358 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 112 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||44.74%||55.26% |
Age of people who have Parkinson's disease when taking Metformin * :
|Parkinson's disease||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||2.17%||9.78%||8.70%||79.35% |
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 * :
- Hypertension (17 people, 15.18%)
- Diabetes mellitus (17 people, 15.18%)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (12 people, 10.71%)
- Parkinson's disease (12 people, 10.71%)
- Bipolar disorder (10 people, 8.93%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Metformin hcl (65 people, 58.04%)
- Aspirin (40 people, 35.71%)
- Lipitor (19 people, 16.96%)
- Clonazepam (17 people, 15.18%)
- Seroquel (16 people, 14.29%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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