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i am not a diabetic. however, my physician suggested that i use metformin for weight loss.. can anyone say if this is a wise choice? i know the final decision is mine to make but i wanted to have some feedback on the subject. Thank you.

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    From a healthcare professional point of view there is very little evidence to support the use of metformin in this way - has this come from your GP or consultant ? Either way it is an unlicensed use and I doubt there is much practical experience with using it solely for this reason in non-diabetics.

    Tarun (hospital pharmacist)

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    I think your GP may have come across some research suggesting its possible use. When used in patients with type 2 diabetes it has a mild weight loss effect, whereas some other diabetes medicines can induce weight gain. Because of this there is ongoing research as to whether metformin in non-diabetic patients can produce similar benefits. I think your GP needs to be clear that this is an unlicensed use of a licensed medicine. I'm not saying it couldn't or shouldn't be used, because ultimately the GP will take clinical responsibility for prescribing such medication. There are other examples of medicines being used for conditions they have not been originally licensed for, so if you both think that the potential benefits are worth it then you could consider it.


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    thank you very much tarun for the information. if metformin is not licensed for weight loss i definitely wont be the guinea pig for testing. i will take your advise greenshield and practice healthy eating habits not that i havent tried before and given up. not every overweight person is diabetic or will be diabetic and its sad and frightening that my doctor sees this for me and is prescribing in advance for what is not. input appreciated psychochief.
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