Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Metformin Can Increase Neuropathy

Metformin is a very commonly prescribed drug for Diabetes, polycystic ovaries, and even has been touted as an anti-aging therapy.  However, a Swedish study has found that metformin can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency, which in turn has been linked to peripheral neuropathies.  If you are taking metformin, you should be tested for B12.  If you already have a neuropathy a trial of B12 injections might be beneficial.

 See Family Practice News, October 15, p. 3.


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