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What Is Metformin?

Metformin Uses And Benefits

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Metformin is approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in pediatric and adult patients. Although it is not officially approved for the treatment of type 1 diabetes, doctors may sometimes prescribe it off-label for this purpose. Physicians might consider it when treating patients with obesity. Studies suggest it may reverse weight gain that occurs as a side effect of olanzapine and other atypical antipsychotics. The medication could be beneficial for certain patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome as well, and some healthcare providers may prescribe it for patients with prediabetes, metabolic syndrome, or fatty liver disease. Metformin is currently being studied for its potential benefits in cancer prevention.

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