Daibetes Treatment with Metformin Hydrochloride
Metformin is an oral hypoglycemic agent of the biguanide
class. It is currently one of the most commonly used oral hypoglycemic drugs in
clinical use. Metformin has basically the same function and use as phenformin,
and can be used to treat adult non-insulin-dependent diabetes and partial
insulin dependence Type 2 diabetes. Metformin has fewer side effects than
phenformin, but it can also cause mild gastrointestinal reactions and rashes.
Anemia and vasculitis are rare side effects. Metformin hydrochloride is the hydrochloride salt of metformin, and its hypoglycemic effect is weaker than that of phenformin. It is mainly used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes who are unsatisfied with simple diet control, especially those with obesity and hyperinsulinemia.
Impact of Metformin
Metformin can promote fat tissue uptake of glucose, increase
anaerobic glycolysis of muscle tissue, increase glucose utilization, reduce
insulin resistance, reduce glucose absorption through the digestive tract, and
lower blood sugar.
Metformin can be used in adults with non-insulin-dependent
diabetes and partially dependent diabetes.
For most juvenile diabetes and lean diabetes with sulfonylurea treatment, this product can also lower blood sugar after application.
Clinical metformin can be combined with sulfonylurea or insulin to enhance its hypoglycemic effect. Obese patients can also lose weight with this product.
Properties of Metformin: White crystal or crystalline powder, odorless.
What are some popular brands of Metformin Hydrochloride?
| Brand Name ||Manufacturer|
| Baymet || Bayer Ltd|
|Bemet|| Bewell Labs|
|Begesens|| Zydus Cadilla Healthcare Ltd.|
| D Met || Grandix Pharmaceuticals|
What is the Usage History of Metformin?
In the late 1950s, phenformin was used in the treatment of
type 2 diabetes, and in 1957 metformin was used in clinical practice.
the incidence of lactic acidosis due to biguanides is relatively high, and was
banned by many countries in the late 1970s.
Since the 1990s, due to the unique therapeutic effect of biguanides, metformin has been widely used in clinical practice again.
What are Metformin Drug effects and clinical application?
Metformin can inhibit the absorption of glucose, amino acids,
fat, etc. in the intestine, suppress appetite, and reduce and delay blood
glucose after a meal.
- It can increase the affinity of insulin receptors and insulin in
peripheral tissues, promote the uptake of glucose by peripheral tissues, and
accelerate the anaerobic glycolysis of glucose.
- It inhibits hepatic gluconeogenesis and reduces hepatic glucose output.
- Also, it can increase the number of
insulin receptors in target cells, increase the affinity and sensitivity to
insulin, and enhance the role of insulin.
- It is ineffective in Type 1 diabetes is ineffective when used alone, and is effective in combination with insulin.
- It can enhance anaerobic
glycolysis of peripheral tissues.
- Increase the utilization and oxidation of
glucose by skeletal muscles. Increase glucose metabolism in adipose tissue.
- Inhibits the growth of human arterial smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts and
delays the occurrence of vascular complications.
- Is suitable for the
treatment of type 2 diabetes that is more than middle-aged, especially those
who are obese and cannot be controlled by diet and exercise therapy.
- Is also
used for sulfonylurea treatment failure.
- For type 1 diabetes treated with
insulin and those with insulin resistance, this product can be added to reduce
the insulin dose.
- Type 2 diabetes and obesity can be combined with sulfonylurea or other hypoglycemic drugs to improve the hypoglycemic effect.
Oral metformin is mainly absorbed in the
small intestine. The absolute bioavailability of oral administration of 0.5 g
of metformin in the fasting state is 50% to 60%.
Eating at the same time
slightly reduces the rate and extent of drug absorption.
The plasma drug
concentration time of this product is 2 hours, and the average plasma
concentration drug clearance half-life is about 4 hours. Metformin hardly binds
to plasma proteins.
Oral administration of this product in accordance with
commonly used clinical doses and dosing regimens can reach steady-state plasma
concentrations within 24 to 48 hours.
This product does not bind to plasma
proteins. A part can be secreted by the renal tubule, so the renal clearance
rate is greater than the glomerular filtration rate.
This product is mainly excreted by the kidney in the original form, and it is excreted by about 90% within 12h, and the half-life is 1.7 to 4.5h. It can accumulate in the body and cause hyperlactemia or lactic acidosis.
What are the Indications for Metformin Hydrochloride?
Metformin hydrochloride is mainly used for
patients with type 2 diabetes who are not satisfied with simple diet control,
especially obesity and hyperinsulinemia.
Not only does this product have a hypoglycemic effect, but it may also reduce weight and hyperinsulinemia Effect.
Metformin has basically the same function and use as
phenformin. This medicine is effective for both obese and non-obese type 2
For patients who get no response with diet control alone,
metformin alone can reduce the basic blood sugar by more than 20%.
What is the Metformin Effect with Sulfonylurea Drugs?
sulfonylurea drugs have poor blood sugar lowering effect, combined treatment
with metformin can reduce blood sugar by more than 20%. Metformin's
hypoglycemic effect is related to the dose of drugs.
Some people have studied that at a daily dose of 0.5g, 1.5g, and 3.0g, the blood glucose reduction rates are 13%, 34%, and 41%, respectively. The primary failure rate of metformin is ≤10%, and the secondary failure rate is 5% -10% every year.
Usage and Dosage
At the beginning 0.5g each time, twice a
day, or 0.85g, once a day, take with meals. It can be increased by 0.5g every
week, or 0.85g every 2 weeks, and gradually increased to 2g per day, taken in
The maximum recommended dose for adults is 2.55g per day. For
patients in need of further blood sugar control, the dose can be increased to
2.55g per day (ie 0.85g per time, 3 times per day).
When the daily dose exceeds 2g, in order to better tolerate, the drug is best taken in divided meals with three meals.
What are the Adverse Reactions of Metformin Hydrochloride?
Adverse effects of metformin are as follows:
nausea, vomiting, bloating, fatigue, indigestion, abdominal discomfort, and
Other rare ones include abnormal stools, hypoglycemia, myalgia,
dizziness, dizziness, nail abnormalities, rash, increased sweating, abnormal
taste, chest discomfort, chills, flu symptoms, hot flashes, palpitations, weight
This product can reduce the absorption of vitamin B12, but rarely
Within the therapeutic dose range, lactic acidosis is rare.
Metformin has fewer side effects than phenformin, but it can
also cause mild gastrointestinal reactions and rashes.
Anemia and vasculitis
are rare side effects.
Occasionally it can inhibit the absorption of vitamin
B12 and certain amino acids, which can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency.
Metformin can also cause lactic acidosis, but it is extremely rare.
Lactic acidosis is a serious adverse reaction of biguanides, but it is rare.
Biguanide drugs can promote the anaerobic digestion of glucose in tissues and lactic acid accumulation occurs, especially when accompanied by liver and kidney dysfunction or severe infection, cardiopulmonary disease, shock, hypoxia, alcoholism, etc. Phenformin tends to occur at higher doses, and the incidence of metformin is very low.
It is forbidden for those who are allergic to this product;
(1) Women during pregnancy and lactation, children under 10 years old, and elderly people over 80 years old.
(2) Diabetic ketoacidosis, diabetic hyperglycemia and hyperosmolar syndrome, diabetic lactic acidosis.
(3) Severe liver and kidney dysfunction, hypovolemic shock, heart failure, AMI, and other serious heart and lung diseases.
(4) Serious infection or trauma, major surgical operations, clinical hypotension and hypoxia.
(5) Combining severe diabetic nephropathy and ocular fundus lesions.
(6) Alcoholics, vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency are not corrected.
What Precautions we need to observe with Metformin Hydrochloride?
(1) It should not be used alone for type 1 diabetes and should be used in combination with insulin.
(2) Regularly check the renal function. If the blood lactic acid increases to more than 3mmol / L during the medication, those with positive urine ketone bodies and serum creatinine exceeding 120μmol / L are contraindicated, and those with positive urine ketone should be discontinued immediately.
(3) If angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, intermittent claudication, and infection poisoning, the heart, lung, liver, and kidney function deteriorates should be discontinued, and other hypoglycemic drugs or insulin should be used in time.
(4) Suspension before surgery and iodine X-ray photography examination is required.
(5) Stress state: such as fever, coma, infection and surgery, should temporarily stop and switch to insulin, and then resume use after the stress state is alleviated.
(6) The elderly, debilitated or malnourished patients, as well as patients with reduced adrenal and pituitary function and alcoholism are more prone to hypoglycemia; drinking alcohol is prohibited during medication.
(1) Metformin and anticoagulant drugs can cause bleeding tendency, and the dosage of anticoagulant drugs needs to be adjusted. Agars can reduce the absorption of this product.
(2) Cimetidine can increase the bioavailability of this product and reduce the renal clearance rate, so the dose of this product should be reduced.
(3) The combination of metformin and thiazide drugs or other diuretics, glucocorticoids, estrogen, oral contraceptives, phenytoin, sympathomimetics, calcium channel blockers, isoniazid, etc. can cause blood sugar to rise.
General Formulations and Specifications
Metformin hydrochloride tablets: 0.25g × 48 (× 12, × 24, × 60, × 96, × 100) tablets / box (bottle); 0.5g × 24 (× 20, × 30, × 36, × 40, × 48 , × 72) tablets / box (bottle). 0.85g × 20 pieces / box (bottle).
Enteric-coated tablets of metformin hydrochloride: 0.25g × 48 (× 24, × 60, × 100) tablets / box (bottle); 0.5g × 30 tablets / box (bottle).
Metformin hydrochloride capsules: 0.25g × 36 (× 48, × 60) capsules / box (bottle).
Enteric-coated capsules of metformin hydrochloride: 0.25g × 24 (× 36, × 48, × 72) capsules / box (bottle); 0.5g × 24 capsules / box (bottle).
Mechanism of Action
Metformin is a biguanide oral hypoglycemic agent. It has multiple mechanisms of action, including delaying the uptake of glucose from the gastrointestinal tract, increasing the use of peripheral glucose by increasing insulin sensitivity, and inhibiting excessive gluconeogenesis of the liver and kidney, without reducing blood glucose levels in non-diabetic patients.
Impact on Diabetes and Obesity
Clinically, metformin hydrochloride is mainly used to treat
type 2 diabetes patients with unsatisfactory diet control, especially obesity
The use of this drug not only has a hypoglycemic effect,
but may also reduce weight and hyperinsulinemia. effect.
It can be effective for some patients with poor efficacy of sulfonylurea, such as combined with sulfonylurea, intestinal glycosidase inhibitors or thiazolidinedione hypoglycemic drugs, the effect is better than the single use alone. It can also be used in patients with insulin therapy to reduce insulin consumption.
Does metformin really hurt the liver?
Case Study: A patient has been suffering from diabetes for more than 20
years and has been taking metformin for more than 20 years. However, he
recently saw a TV program, a liver disease expert said:
damage the liver." He was scared because he had been eating for more than
20 years, and he did not know what the liver was damaged, so he was very
Because if, as the liver disease expert says, he has been taking metformin for more than 20 years, the liver doesn't know what it has been rotten for a long time. There time to call for consultation.
Metformin is good, why are many sugar patients reluctant to
The reason for reluctance is 5 misunderstandings:
Misunderstanding 1. Long-term use may fail
inhibit the production of glucose-facilitated glucose and improve insulin
Metformin is the first choice for type 2 diabetes because of its hypoglycemic effect, it should be taken consistently, and Will not fail due to long-term use.
Misunderstanding 2. Gastrointestinal reaction, stop the medicine immediately
Gastrointestinal reactions such as nausea, nausea and
belching are the main and common adverse reactions of the hypoglycemic agent
Experts point out that the initial gastrointestinal reactions
of metformin will be more obvious, so it is recommended to start taking small
As the treatment time increases, the gastrointestinal reactions will gradually tolerate or disappear, and patients do not need to stop taking metformin.
Misunderstanding 3. Toxicity is too great, damage liver and kidney
Metformin is absorbed through the intestine after taking, but
not metabolized by the liver. The urine is mainly excreted by the kidneys after
the urine is produced, and the clearance rate is as high as 90%. Therefore, it
is unscientific to say that metformin damages the liver and kidneys.
In addition, patients with advanced liver cirrhosis and liver and kidney dysfunction may have lactic acid if taking metformin. Risk of poisoning.
Misunderstanding 4. Can only lower blood sugar, no other use
Usually patients with type 2 diabetes are accompanied by
abnormal blood sugar, blood lipids, and blood pressure.
Metformin can also
protect patients' cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems in addition to
lowering blood sugar.
In addition, clinical studies have found that metformin can reduce the risk of cancer for sugar friends.
What is the appropriate dose of metformin?
Doctors in the Department of Endocrinology recommend that
Tangyou adhere to the principle of "dosing starts small and gradually
increases." That is, it is best to start taking metformin at 500 mg twice
After the gastrointestinal reaction is tolerated or disappears, it can be increased to 1000 mg twice daily.
The principle of taking metformin can help patients avoid
gastrointestinal reactions such as nausea and vomiting to a certain extent.
In addition, there are two ways to avoid the adverse reactions of metformin:
1. Avoid taking metformin on an empty stomach and choose a meal time, because it does not affect the absorption of drugs and weaken the gastrointestinal reaction.
2. The choice of dosage form is also the key to avoiding adverse reactions, such as metformin enteric-coated tablets, metformin sustained-release tablets, etc.
For example, ordinary metformin tablets have the strongest nausea, nausea and vomiting and other adverse reactions, so it is recommended to take it during or after meals.
Metformin enteric-coated tablets contain enteric-coated
materials and reach the small intestine directly.
Based on the place of action of this drug, it is recommended to take it half an hour before a meal so that the drug can play the strongest hypoglycemic effect when the blood glucose is highest after a meal.
Metformin sustained-release tablets are wrapped in gel and
can be taken once a day.
The sustained-release effect can avoid
It is recommended to swallow the whole tablet during meals and take care not to break or chew it.
Although metformin is a very effective hypoglycemic agent, it is also contraindicated in clinical use.
Metformin is not suitable for everyone, The drug may be discontinued in 3 cases
First of all, sugar frpatients with heart and lung diseases such
as heart failure and pulmonary obstruction are in a state of hypoxia.
metformin is taken, it is likely to aggravate the symptoms of hypoxia and cause
In severe cases, there will be dangers such as sudden drop in blood pressure and unconsciousness.
Secondly, sugar friends with liver and kidney insufficiency taking metformin will have the problem of accumulation of metabolites, which is prone to lactic acidosis.
Finally, before performing CT and other tests, you often need to inject contrast media as required. If metformin is taken, it is likely to increase the burden on the kidneys or cause kidney failure.
Diabetics should correctly understand the hypoglycemic god of metformin, insist on taking medicine, and develop good living habits is also the key to maintaining blood sugar stability.
Education: MBBS, MD
Occupation: Medical Doctor
Specialization: Community Medicine, General Surgery, Natural Treatment
Experience: 18 Years as a Medical Practitioner
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