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Metformin And Renal Function

Use Of Metformin In The Setting Of Mild-to-moderate Renal Insufficiency

Use Of Metformin In The Setting Of Mild-to-moderate Renal Insufficiency

ADVANTAGES OF METFORMIN There is some evidence that early treatment with metformin is associated with reduced cardiovascular morbidity and total mortality in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients (4). However, the data come from a small subgroup of a much larger trial. In contrast, despite multiple trials of intensive glucose control using a variety of glucose-lowering strategies, there is a paucity of data to support specific advantages with other agents on cardiovascular outcomes (5–7). In the original UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS), 342 overweight patients with newly diagnosed diabetes were randomly assigned to metformin therapy (8). After a median period of 10 years, this subgroup experienced a 39% (P = 0.010) risk reduction for myocardial infarction and a 36% reduction for total mortality (P = 0.011) compared with conventional diet treatment. Similar benefits were not observed in those randomly assigned to sulfonylurea or insulin. In an 8.5-year posttrial monitoring study, after participants no longer were randomly assigned to their treatments, individuals originally assigned to metformin (n = 279) continued to demonstrate a reduced risk for both myocardial infarction (relative risk 33%, P = 0.005) and total mortality (relative risk 27%, P = 0.002) (9). The latter results are even more impressive when one considers that HbA1c levels in all initially randomly assigned groups had converged within 1 year of follow-up. Unlike sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, and insulin, metformin is weight neutral (10), which makes it an attractive choice for obese patients. Furthermore, the management of type 2 diabetes can be complicated by hypoglycemia, which can seriously limit the pursuit of glycemic control. Here, too, metformin has advantages over insulin and some Continue reading >>

Changes In Metformin Use In Chronic Kidney Disease

Changes In Metformin Use In Chronic Kidney Disease

Background Glucose-lowering biguanides were discovered in the 1920s. One of these was metformin (dimethylbiguanide), but it was then forgotten [1]. The first human trial on biguanides that used the name Glucophage (glucose eater) was published in 1957 [2]. In the next couple of years reports were published on phenformin [3] and buformin [4]. However, due to their association with lactic acidosis (LA), both phenformin and buformin were withdrawn from many countries. Similar concerns were raised for metformin, but it remained on the market and has been available in the UK since 1958, although it only became available in the USA in 1994. Clinical benefits in diabetes mellitus type 2 Metformin acts primarily in the liver by reducing glucose output and also by enhancing peripheral uptake of glucose, mainly in muscles. It is not generally associated with a risk of hypoglycemia unless there is excessive exercise, severe calorie reduction or when mixed with other antidiabetic medicine. There is absence of weight gain along with modest reductions in triglycerides [5]. It causes a reduction in mortality by decreasing cardiovascular complications [6]. Metformin has shown some effectiveness in polycystic ovarian syndrome, some gynecological cancers, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and for premature puberty. However, its main role remains in the management of diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2). The International Diabetes Federation lists it as one of the first antidiabetic medicines to be used for DM2 [7]. The World Health Organization lists it as one of two essential medicines for diabetes [8]. Fear of LA Metformin is chemically similar to phenformin, but has a different mechanism of action. Although the fear of LA remains, no absolute definitive causal relationship has been proven be Continue reading >>

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Fda Drug Safety Communication: Fda Revises Warnings Regarding Use Of The Diabetes Medicine Metformin In Certain Patients With Reduced Kidney Function

Fda Drug Safety Communication: Fda Revises Warnings Regarding Use Of The Diabetes Medicine Metformin In Certain Patients With Reduced Kidney Function

[ 4-8-2016 ] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring labeling changes regarding the recommendations for metformin-containing medicines for diabetes to expand metformin’s use in certain patients with reduced kidney function. The current labeling strongly recommends against use of metformin in some patients whose kidneys do not work normally. We were asked1,2 to review numerous medical studies regarding the safety of metformin use in patients with mild to moderate impairment in kidney function,3-14 and to change the measure of kidney function in the metformin drug labeling that is used to determine whether a patient can receive metformin. We have concluded our review, and are requiring changes to the labeling of all metformin-containing medicines to reflect this new information. Health care professionals should follow the latest recommendations when prescribing metformin-containing medicines to patients with impaired kidney function. Patients should talk to their health care professionals if they have any questions or concerns about taking metformin. Metformin-containing medicines are available by prescription only and are used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. When untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious problems, including blindness, nerve and kidney damage, and heart disease. Metformin-containing medicines are available as single-ingredient products and also in combination with other drugs used to treat diabetes (see FDA Approved metformin-containing Medicines). The current drug labeling strongly recommends against metformin use in some patients whose kidneys do not work normally because use of metformin in these patients can increase the risk of developing a serious and potentially dead Continue reading >>

Metformin In People With Kidney Disease

Metformin In People With Kidney Disease

Just over one year ago here at Diabetes Flashpoints, we discussed the possibility that hundreds of thousands of people with both diabetes and kidney disease might benefit from taking the diabetes drug metformin. As we noted then, this drug has carried a “black box” warning on its label — mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — ever since it became available in the United States in 1994, due to concerns about lactic acidosis. This rare but extremely serious reaction was found to be an unacceptably common side effect of a drug related to metformin — phenformin — which was pulled from the U.S. market in 1977. Lactic acidosis is much more common in people with impaired kidney function. Since metformin’s warning label is based, in part, on concerns about a different drug entirely, many researchers have tried to estimate how safe metformin is for people with diabetes whose kidney function is impaired. Last year, we noted that many researchers believe metformin is safe for people with mild to moderate kidney disease, defined as having an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 30–60 ml/min. And one study found that using a safety cutoff of an eGFR of 30 ml/min, nearly one million people in the United States who currently don’t take metformin because of the FDA’s labeling might be able to safely do so. So what’s changed in the last year? The evidence, it seems, has only grown stronger in favor of metformin being more widely prescribed to people with kidney disease. As noted in a recent article at DiabetesInControl.com, the blood-glucose-lowering benefits of loosening restrictions on metformin could be enormous. One study cited in the article, published last August in the journal Diabetes Care, found that depending on how eGFR is ca Continue reading >>

Ema Approval For Metformin In Patients With Renal Impairment

Ema Approval For Metformin In Patients With Renal Impairment

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a positive opinion recommending extension of the label for all metformin-containing products to included patients with stable moderate renal failure (chronic kidney disease stage 3). The maximum daily metformin dose will be 2000 mg/day in CKD stage 3a (GFR = 45-59 ml/min) and 1000 mg/day in CKD stage 3b (GFR = 30-44 ml/min), allowing a large additional group of type 2 diabetes patients with reduced kidney function to benefit from the treatment. The product information for these medicines will be updated to revise the current contraindication and give information about doses, monitoring and precautions in patients with reduced kidney function. Following a routine evaluation of the safety of metformin medicines, it was found that based on scientific evidence and clinical guidelines, patients with moderate renal failure may stand to benefit from treatment with metformin, and that the contraindication may therefore no longer be justified. Based on this evidence, the EMA issued an Article 31 referral requesting a cumulative review of the benefit and risk in this patient group across all companies selling metformin companies in the European Union. The EMA reviewed the data submitted by all companies, and as a result, the CHMP has issued a positive opinion on lifting the contraindication for treatment of type 2 diabetes patients with renal impairment CKD stage 3. More information EMA summary on metformin in moderate renal failure Continue reading >>

Using Metformin In The Presence Of Renal Disease

Using Metformin In The Presence Of Renal Disease

Using metformin in the presence of renal disease Using metformin in the presence of renal disease BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 14 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1758 Tahseen A Chowdhury, consultant in diabetes, M Magdi Yaqoob, professor in clinical nephrology 1Departments of Diabetes and Nephrology, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London E1 1BB, UK. Correspondence to: T Chowdhury Tahseen.Chowdhury{at}bartshealth.nhs.uk Current guidelines are too restrictive, and many patients who could benefit are missing out In January, the electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) updated the Summary of Product Characteristics for Glucophage (metformin), approved by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The summary states that Metformin may be used in patients with moderate renal impairment, stage 3a (creatinine clearance [CrCl] 45-59 mL/min or estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] 45-59 mL/min/1.73 m2) only in the absence of other conditions that may increase the risk of lactic acidosis . . . If CrCl or eGFR fall <45 mL/min or <45 mL/min/1.73 m2 respectively, metformin must be discontinued immediately.1 This is reiterated in the patient information leaflet. Interestingly, the summary for generic metformin states that Renal failure or renal dysfunction (creatinine clearance <60 ml/min) is a contraindication to use. In the face of burgeoning levels of type 2 diabetes and associated renal disease, we believe that this restriction is too conservative and will deny an important drug to many thousands of people with diabetes who Continue reading >>

In Brief: New Recommendations For Use Of Metformin In Renal Impairment

In Brief: New Recommendations For Use Of Metformin In Renal Impairment

The FDA has required labeling changes that replace serum creatinine (SCr) with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) as the parameter used to determine the appropriateness of treatment with the biguanide metformin (Glucophage, and others) in patients with renal impairment. These changes will allow more patients with mild to moderate renal impairment to receive metformin, which is generally the first drug prescribed for treatment of type 2 diabetes. Metformin was previously contraindicated in women with a SCr level ≥1.4 mg/dL and in men with a SCr level ≥1.5 mg/dL, but use of SCr as a surrogate indicator tends to underestimate renal function in certain populations (e.g., younger patients, men, black patients, patients with greater muscle mass). The calculation of eGFR takes into account age, race, and sex, as well as SCr level, providing a more accurate assessment of kidney function. A literature review summarized in an FDA Drug Safety Communication concluded that, based on eGFR, metformin is safe to use in patients with mild renal impairment and in some patients with moderate renal impairment.1 The eGFR should be calculated before patients begin treatment with metformin and at least annually thereafter. Metformin is now contraindicated in patients with an eGFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m2, and starting treatment with the drug in patients with an eGFR between 30 and 45 mL/min/1.73 m2 is not recommended. If the eGFR falls below 45 mL/min/1.73 m2 in a patient already taking metformin, the benefits and risks of continuing treatment should be assessed. Metformin should be not be administered for 48 hours after an iodinated contrast imaging procedure in patients with an eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73 m2 or a history of liver disease, alcoholism, or heart failure, or in those receiving Continue reading >>

Fda Issues Guidance For Metformin Use In Renal Impairment

Fda Issues Guidance For Metformin Use In Renal Impairment

FDA Issues Guidance for Metformin Use in Renal Impairment The FDA has issued new guidance for the use of the first-line diabetes drug metformin in patients with renal impairment. Metformin was approved by the FDA in 1994 for the management of type 2 diabetes. Since its approval, its labeling has warned of a contraindication in elevated serum creatinine (>1.5 mg/dL for males, >1.4 mg/dL for females) due to a risk of lactic acidosis secondary to metformin accumulation.1 Other risk factors for lactic acidosis include contrast dye exposure within 48 hours, chronic or excessive alcohol intake, dehydration, sepsis, acute congestive heart failure, and age. This absolute contraindication was based on clinical trials of an older biguanide called phenformin, which showed a greater risk of lactic acidosis associated with significant mortality and was subsequently pulled off the market in 1977.2 Although phenformin is no longer available in the United States, its still available in European and South American markets. Notably, the incidence of lactic acidosis associated with metformin is as low as 0.03 cases per 1000 patient-years. The FDA reviewed several studies to determine whether patients with mild to moderate renal impairment could safely continue on metformin to manage their type 2 diabetes. One of the larger trials reviewed was an observational study of 51,675 type 2 diabetes patients to determine the effect metformin would have on primary outcomes of cardiovascular disease (CVD), all-cause mortality, and acidosis or serious infections with varying degrees of renal function.3 Based on subgroup analyses of patients with varying degrees of renal impairment, the investigators determined that patients with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) >45 mL/min/m2 showed no Continue reading >>

Metformin In Chronic Kidney Disease: Time For A Rethink

Metformin In Chronic Kidney Disease: Time For A Rethink

Go to: The Case Against Metformin The main problem with metformin is its association with LA. Lactic acidosis is defined as an arterial lactate of > 5 mmol/L and a blood pH ≤ 7.35 (1,2). There are two forms of LA. Type A is anaerobic LA caused by lactate overproduction in order to regenerate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the absence of oxygen, and is usually seen in the presence of circulatory collapse, e.g. heart failure, sepsis, and shock. Type B, the aerobic version, is caused by underutilization of lactate due to impaired removal by oxidation or gluconeogenesis, and is the type seen in liver disease, diabetes, cancer, and alcohol and metformin intoxication. Combinations of Type A & B are possible. The therapeutic trough level for metformin is 0.7 (0.3-1.0) mg/L (3) (for μmol/L, multiply by 7.75). The pragmatic upper therapeutic limit is 5 mg/L (4). There is no doubt that metformin in toxic doses is a cause of LA. In rats, plasma lactate begins to rise if the metformin concentration is > 20 mg/L (5). Intentional metformin overdose usually leads to hyperlactemia (6), and often to LA. This can be fatal in cases with plasma metformin > 50 mg/L (7). Some cases are accompanied by a raised creatinine. Since the most common symptom of metformin intoxication is vomiting and diarrhea, it is possible that the reduced renal function is caused by prerenal dehydration and/or circulatory collapse. Metformin is renally excreted (8,9), with a clearance approximately linearly correlated to glomerular filtration rate (GFR). There are thus two situations where metformin intoxication can occur: failure to reduce the dose in the presence of CKD, and acute uremia. It is possible that a vicious cycle can develop with acute uremia causing metformin accumulation leading to vomiting, deh Continue reading >>

Metformin And Renal Function

Metformin And Renal Function

etformin is first-line therapy for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus, based on the American Diabetes Association and American College of Clinical Endocrinology guidelines. Unless there is a contraindication, metformin should be considered part of a patient’s regimen for type 2 diabetes mellitus. A controversial contraindication for metformin is renal disease or dysfunction. Absolute cut-offs in serum creatinine has been published as times to discontinue metformin therapy (≥1.4 mg/dL for women; ≥1.5 mg/dL for men). Lipska KL, et al, published recommendations for metformin among patients with mild to moderate renal dysfunction. This publication has been used in clinical practice to support “relaxed” dosing of metformin. Based on this publication in Diabetes Care (2011), the following recommendations were suggested: For patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) above 60, then metformin can be continued and renal function should be monitored on an annual basis. For patients with eGFR between 45 and 60, then metformin can be continued but the frequency of monitoring increases to every 3 or 6 months. For patients with eGFR between 30 and 45, there are several options depending on the individual. These options include lowering the dose by 50%; increasing the monitoring of renal function; or discontinuing metformin. For patients with a baseline eGFR 30 and 45, metformin should not be initiated. For patients with eGFR less than 30, then metformin should be stopped (if prescribed) or not initiated (if considered for new patients). As diabetes educators, it is essential to check package inserts and/or drug references for the method (CrCl or eGFR) to assess renal function and appropriate dose adjustments. On Friday, April 8, the Food and Drug Admi Continue reading >>

Metformin - Renal Impairment And Risk Of Lactic Acidosis

Metformin - Renal Impairment And Risk Of Lactic Acidosis

Publications Key Messages Metformin is generally considered to be first line treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus. The most important adverse effect is lactic acidosis due to the high fatality rate. Renal impairment is a risk factor for the development of lactic acidosis in patients taking metformin. Metformin can still be used in patients with stable renal impairment but the dose MUST be reduced. Patients should be advised to seek medical attention if they experience symptoms of lactic acidosis or acute kidney injury. Metformin is recommended as the first line oral hypoglycaemia medicine for patients with type 2 diabetes in international guidelines1. However, use has been restricted in patients with renal impairment due to the increased risk of lactic acidosis. The New Zealand metformin data sheets have recently been updated to allow for the use of metformin in patients with stable renal impairment. The contraindication cut-off level for creatinine clearance has changed from <60 mL/min to <15 mL/min. Patients with renal impairment MUST take a lower dose of metformin to avoid toxic concentrations. The maximum daily dose to be used in renal impairment is specified in the metformin data sheet, according to degree of impairment. The metformin data sheets can be found on the Medsafe website (www.medsafe.govt.nz/Medicines/infoSearch.asp). Lactic acidosis Lactate is produced by most tissues and is rapidly cleared by the liver. Levels of lactate increase as a consequence of intracellular acidosis and help to slow down the onset of acidosis. High lactate levels are generally considered to be those above 4 mmol/L2. Lactic acidosis is a condition of high lactate and a pH below 7.352. There are many causes of elevated lactate including2: sepsis and septic shock regional tissue i Continue reading >>

Metabolic Effects Of Metformin In Patients With Acute Renal Failure

Metabolic Effects Of Metformin In Patients With Acute Renal Failure

Metformin use has been associated with significant disturbances in acid-base balance. Metformin remains the first-line therapy for majority of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Its metabolic effects have provided great support for its use in diabetes management. However, risks of renal impairment and lactic acidosis have always warranted close monitoring in patients with predisposing factors to these events. In fact, lactic acidosis has been associated with renal impairment. Metformin is not metabolized in the liver and is excreted by active tubular secretion. The risk of developing lactic acidosis greatly depends on the magnitude of each patient’s renal impairment and their age. Nonetheless, these studies fail to take into consideration those patients with renal failure. The majority of trials out there exclude patients with renal defects due to its nephrotoxic potential. The nephrotoxicity of increased levels of metformin relies on its effect on renal mitochondrial activity. Previous studies have demonstrated that therapeutic doses of metformin are not associated with risk of lactic acidosis. Renal mitochondrial dysfunction can lead to tubular cell ischemia and increased lactic acid production. Hence, those patients with renal impairment will warrant closer monitoring and dose optimization strategies to prevent these complications while obtaining optimal glucose control. Recently, renal dose adjustments changed. Now patients are to be monitored based on glomerular filtration rate and not serum creatinine for metformin therapy. A recent study conducted by David Cucchiari and colleagues evaluated the dose-related effects of metformin on acid-base balance in patients with diabetes who develop acute renal failure. In this cross-sectional study, 126 patients were i Continue reading >>

Prescribing In Renal Disease

Prescribing In Renal Disease

The appropriate prescribing of many drugs depends on knowledge of the patient's total renal function, which is proportional to their body mass. The Cockcroft-Gault method of calculating creatinine clearance takes into account the patient's weight. The recently introduced estimated glomerular filtration rate, which is now routinely reported with biochemistry test results, is useful for screening for renal disease, but is unsuitable for calculating doses as it does not take into account the patient's size. Both are unreliable at extremes of weight. The list of medications that need dosage adjustment according to renal function is long, but includes commonly prescribed drugs such as antivirals, hypoglycaemic drugs (metformin, sulfonylureas, insulin), spironolactone and allopurinol. Introduction The clearance of many drugs and their metabolites depends on adequate renal function. Renal clearance is especially important for some drugs where the gap between efficacy and toxicity is narrow. Doses of these drugs need careful adjustment if they are prescribed for patients with impaired renal function. Some drugs also have the potential to cause renal toxicity. This is particularly likely to occur in patients who already have some degree of renal impairment, although other factors can increase the risk. Estimating renal function An accurate estimation of renal function, or glomerular filtration rate (GFR), requires sophisticated techniques that are unsuitable for routine or repeated use. In practice, the serum creatinine concentration is used for day-to-day assessment of renal function. It has limitations, but it remains a robust and practical parameter for most clinical situations. Serum creatinine The serum creatinine concentration has important limitations when used for estima Continue reading >>

Metformin - Nice Guidance Regarding Renal Function - General Practice Notebook

Metformin - Nice Guidance Regarding Renal Function - General Practice Notebook

metformin - NICE guidance regarding renal function start metformin treatment in a person who is overweight or obese (tailoring the assessment of body-weight-associated risk according to ethnic group ) and whose blood glucose is inadequately controlled by lifestyle interventions (nutrition and exercise) alone metformin should be considered as an option for first-line glucose-lowering therapy for a person who is not overweight metformin should be continued if blood glucose control remains or becomes inadequate and another oral glucose-lowering medication is added the dose of metformin should be stepped up gradually over weeks to minimise risk of gastro-intestinal (GI) side effects. Consider a trial of extended-absorption metformin tablets where GI tolerability prevents continuation of metformin therapy in adults with type 2 diabetes, review the dose of metformin if the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is below 45 ml/minute/1.73m2: Stop metformin if the eGFR is below 30 ml/minute/1.73m2 Prescribe metformin with caution for those at risk of a sudden deterioration in kidney function and those at risk of eGFR falling below 45ml/minute/1.73m2 benefits of metformin therapy should be discussed with a person with mild to moderate liver dysfunction or cardiac impairment so that: due consideration can be given to the cardiovascular-protective effects of the drug (1) an informed decision can be made on whether to continue or stop the metformin Continue reading >>

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