Metformin, a molecule belonging to the biguanide family, represents one of the most commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in the world. Over the sixty years during which it has been used, many benefits have been described, which are not limited to the treatment of diabetes mellitus. However, since metformin is similar to other members of the same drug family, there is still much concern regarding the risk of lactic acidosis. This article aims to highlight the correlation between the use of metformin and the onset of renal damage or lactic acidosis. Metformin-associated lactic acidosis exists; however, it is rare. The appropriate use of the drug, under safe conditions, induces benefits without risks.

Metformin: When Should We Fear Lactic Acidosis?

Di Mauro, Stefania;Filippello, Agnese;Scamporrino, Alessandra;Purrello, Francesco;Piro, Salvatore;
2022

Abstract

Metformin, a molecule belonging to the biguanide family, represents one of the most commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in the world. Over the sixty years during which it has been used, many benefits have been described, which are not limited to the treatment of diabetes mellitus. However, since metformin is similar to other members of the same drug family, there is still much concern regarding the risk of lactic acidosis. This article aims to highlight the correlation between the use of metformin and the onset of renal damage or lactic acidosis. Metformin-associated lactic acidosis exists; however, it is rare. The appropriate use of the drug, under safe conditions, induces benefits without risks.
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