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What is glycomet used for?

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Posted on Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Question: My son is just 12 and his obesity doctor has asked him to take Glycomet for three months. the doctor says all his reports are normal then why has he told him to take this tablet?
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Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth (22 minutes later)
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Glycomet ( metformin) is supposed to have some indirect effects


1. Loss of weight and loss of appetite are the known side effects of this drug.


It prevents sugar release from the liver and hence decreases the appetite.


There are some research studies which say that this prevents a patient from becoming a diabetic by few years.


However in your son what exactly is the reason to give a short course may be one of the above.


Why don't you discuss with your doctor?


Good luck


Dr Uma

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Brief Answer: listed Detailed Answer: Hi, Glycomet ( metformin) is supposed to have some indirect effects 1. Loss of weight and loss of appetite are the known side effects of this drug. It prevents sugar release from the liver and hence decreases the appetite. There are some research studies which say that this prevents a patient from becoming a diabetic by few years. However in your son what exactly is the reason to give a short course may be one of the above. Why don't you discuss with your doctor? Good luck Dr Uma