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Vitamin deficiency caused by metformin

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by chrisdoh1983, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. chrisdoh1983

    chrisdoh1983 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hello,

    I take 500mg metformin x4 daily and was yesterday prescribed 80mg Gliclazide to try bring my levels down. I forgot to ask the nurse if there are vitamins I should be taking? I've heard that metformin reduces your B-12 levels?
     
  2. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    Not for everyone , I had my b12 injections years before learning I was diabetic , for malabsorption problems
    You can always ask for a blood test from GP if you have iron or B12 problems


    You say you have heard , very different from knowing ....best wishes ...Kat
     
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  3. Totto

    Totto Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It is common for people on metformin to go low on B12 but it takes a while. On the other hand it isn't uncommon to go low on B12 anyway with advancing middle age.
     
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  4. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    Many causes any worries ...do seek medical advise ...kat
     
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