Can Metformin Cause Severe Diarrhea?

Question Asked by Tracey: Can Metformin Cause Severe Diarrhea?

My mother has Type 2 diabetes and is suffering with severe diarrhea. This is now making her avoid going out because she's afraid of needing a bathroom all the time. Can anything be done about this?

Answer

Yes, metformin can cause severe diarrhea, which is needless, because we can easily avoid it. The problem is that our doctors may start us with a dose that is far too high and/or increase the dosage far too soon.

Metformin is one of the safest drugs that we have for type 2 diabetes as well as having few side effects. It is one of our most powerful drugs and is one of the least expensive too.

Answered by David Mendosa