May 23 2022

Active ingredient: metformin

This happens not only in presentations containing metformin alone, but also in those that contain at once other antidiabetic agents[1][2][3]. However, clinical relevance of this reduction of bioavailability is low.

Other studies seem to suggest that the decline in the rate of absorption is reduced only in the presence of low-fat meals (and high in carbohydrates)[4].

Despite the above, it is preferable to take this medicine with or after meals to reduce gastrointestinal side effects of metformin[2].

Alcohol should be avoided, as well as drugs that contain it, for risk of lactic acidosis, particularly in patients with liver disorders.


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2: He YL, Flannery B, Campestrini J, Leon S, Zinny MA, Ligueros-Saylan M, Jarugula V. Effect of food on the pharmacokinetics of a vildagliptin/metformin (50/1000 mg) fixed-dose combination tablet in healthy volunteers.Curr Med Res Opin. 2008 Jun;24(6):1703-9. doi: 10.1185/03007990802114070.
3: Marathe PH, Arnold ME, Meeker J, Greene DS, Barbhaiya RH. Pharmacokinetics and bioavailability of a metformin/glyburide tablet administered alone and with food.J Clin Pharmacol. 2000 Dec;40(12 Pt 2):1494-502.
4. Saffar F, Aiache JM, Andre P.Influence of food on the disposition of the antidiabetic drug metformin in diabetic patients at steady-state.Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 1995 Sep;17(7):483-7.