Metformin is a prescription drug used to treat common conditions such as Diabetes. It is primarily used to treat polycystic ovaries and weight gain due to medications used for treating psychoses. The generic names for this drug are Glumetza, Glucophage, and Fortamet. Metformin as a whole is a well tested drug and for the most part is safe. However there is a question that arises whether it can be used to treat patients who do not suffer from a chronic condition for weight loss. There have been studies that have shown that it is safe to use for these exact reasons. The drug has shown to decrease appetite and oppose unfavorable fat storage in peripheral tissues.
With using this drug there are probable side effects that people should be aware of. It has been shown to cause blood glucose levels to drop too low in people who do not suffer from Diabetes. This can lead to a direct cause of kidney damage if the issue is not given attention to. Also Metformin can cause minor side effects such as headaches, muscle pain and weakness, nausea, vomiting and stomach intestinal issues. Where as in men it may also cause reduction in testosterone levels and sex drive. All of these side effects need to be monitored by your primary care physician no matter what the drug is being used for.
With that said Metformin is not an over the counter prescription. With any medication such as that it is recommend that you go through your doctor for. This is the easiest way to obtain the drug in a safe manner in Australia or anywhere in the world. Taking this medication is not advised to be done so in any other fashion. Though the weight loss goals seem nice, it is not worth compromising your health to do so. With the safety of visiting your doctor it can be ensured that it is a healthy weight loss or control over your chronic health problems. Any side effects can be avoided for so you may not have to stop using the drug all together or cause health problems that were avoidable.
I might add that it is not a very common way people think to use to lose weight. This drug is normally used for strictly common chronic conditions. Not until recently did it even start to be considered for weight loss. That being said I do believe that it is still in the experimenting phase as we are not completely sure as to what the drug does over time. If it starts causing side effects than you are usually advised to stop taking it. You have to be weaned off of the drug however or it can cause those side effects caused above and more with your body going through withdrawals. Which it is why it is very important for you to be monitored at all times by a doctor while taking Metformin just in case it starts causing issues.
One last interesting issue that Metformin is tested to be used in is anti aging. In recent studies it has been shown to stop the aging of progressive genes as well as cancer. Once again these studies are only in the experiment phase and we are not sure that will not cause issues down the road. But if it does show due cause to aid these conditions that maybe it will stop the suffering of even more patients in the future.
Overall I think that a drug used for Diabetes strictly being able to be used in other conditions is extremely thoughtful and amazing. The fact we can study other conditions and see results is a step forward. We must bear in mind the risks but if there is a chance that we will help more than hurt, than I think it is worth the research. Everyone struggles with something in there life and there is an urgent need to provide research on new drugs to treat conditions. Modifying a drug is cost saving and time saving for people who need it the most. If we did this with even more diseases maybe even more people would be suffering less and be able to live life a little bit easier.