Metformin Diabetes Medicine Linked to Cancer
The FDA has recently recalled Metformin. Metformin is a medicine that helps control blood sugar. It is regularly used for type-2 diabetic patients. The problem is, an impurity in the medication can cause cancer.
The presence of NDMA has been found in Metformin. Several manufacturers recalled their Metformin tablets in June of 2020. They are no longer available to the public. But, for some patients, the damage is already done.
Warning: Do not stop taking prescription medication without talking to your doctor. Additionally, if you believe your medicine is dangerous, discuss alternatives with your doctor.
Metformin Cancer Risk
Testing revealed NDMA in Metformin tablets. This led to an FDA recall. Immediate-release tablets have not been recalled to date and are still available. Only extended-release tablets were pulled from shelves. Lower milligrams of the medicine may still be available. Contact your doctor to find an alternative.
What Is NDMA?
NDMA stands for N-Nitrosodimethylamine. It is a cancer-causing contaminant found in unsafe amounts in Metformin. Metformin isn’t the only medication contaminated with NDMA.
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Dairy, meat, soil, water, and vegetables all contain trace amounts of NDMA. We are all exposed to NDMA regularly. However, high levels of exposure cause cancer. The risk of cancer increases with exposure at higher levels for prolonged periods of time.
The WHO (World Health Organization) states high doses of NDMA may cause health problems in the following:
- colorectal (cancer)
- gastric (cancer)
Dr. Guy Mintz, director of cardiovascular health and lipidology at New York’s Northwell Health’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, states: “The FDA does not expect to cause harm at levels below this cutoff.”
Talk To Your Doctor
If you or a loved one take Metformin, it is imperative to consult your doctor. You must NOT stop taking Metformin cold turkey. Equally important, talk to your doctor about a safe alternative treatment.
If you stop taking Metformin all at once, you could negatively impact your blood sugar levels. When this happens, you may land in the hospital with ketoacidosis or hyperglycemia. This is very dangerous!
When To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been a loyal user of Metformin, talk to your doctor. Additionally, contact a personal injury lawyer. Your health and safety is very important.
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