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Can riomet (biguanides) be used to treat obesity?

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Anonymous 10 Jul 2010

Hi, the answer to your question is no... sorry. Riomet is not designed to treat obesity... it is made for type 2 diabetes

Weight Loss and Metformin: An Overview

Metformin (Glucophage) is a prescription medication licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The drug is commonly thought to cause weight loss, although studies have shown mixed results.

Any type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (such as weight loss, a diabetic diet, and exercise). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at managing diabetes, diabetes medications, such as metformin, may be necessary.

READ THE FOLLOWING... please from a caring individual

What Is Riomet?
(metformin oral solution) is a prescription medication licensed to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). Riomet is the only liquid form of metformin available, and is especially useful for people with difficulty swallowing tablets.

What Is Metformin Used For?
Metformin (Glucophage) and long-acting metformin ER (Glucophage XR) are licensed to treat type 2 diabetes. The drugs are intended to be used together with diet and exercise to control blood sugar.

Using Metformin for Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It is also sometimes called adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition involving insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, the cells of the body do not respond to insulin as well as they normally should. As a result, the cells of the body do not remove sugar from the blood very well. This is why type 2 diabetics have high blood sugar.

Over time, high blood sugar can lead to a number of problems, including diabetic impotence, diabetic neuropathy, kidney failure, and heart disease. The cause of type 2 diabetes is not fully understood, although it is known that obesity and genetics play an important role.

There are many ways to treat high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Some diabetes medications force the pancreas to produce more insulin. These medications are effective, but can cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Metformin works differently, having several effects in the body. The drug lowers blood sugar by the following actions:

Decreasing the amount of sugar (glucose) made by the liver
Decreasing the amount of sugar absorbed into the body (from food)
Making insulin receptors more sensitive, helping the bodrespond better to insulin.

Because metformin does not force the pancreas to produce more insulin, it is much less likely to cause dangerously low blood sugar levels compared to many other diabetes medications

Metformin as Part of Diabetes Treatment
The main goal of any diabetes treatment is to lower your blood sugar levels (as measured by your hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]) enough to reduce your risk for developing problems related to diabetes.

Good luck and contact a NUTRIOLOGIST

Anonymous 11 Jul 2010

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