Metformin-associated Lactic Acidosis: Current Perspectives On Causes And Risk.
Metformin-associated lactic acidosis: Current perspectives on causes and risk. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA. Elcelyx Therapeutics, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA. Elcelyx Therapeutics, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA. Electronic address: [email protected] Metabolism. 2016 Feb;65(2):20-9. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2015.10.014. Epub 2015 Oct 9. Although metformin has become a drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, some patients may not receive it owing to the risk of lactic acidosis. Metformin, along with other drugs in the biguanide class, increases plasma lactate levels in a plasma concentration-dependent manner by inhibiting mitochondrial respiration predominantly in the liver. Elevated plasma metformin concentrations (as occur in individuals with renal impairment) and a secondary event or condition that further disrupts lactate production or clearance (e.g., cirrhosis, sepsis, or hypoperfusion), are typically necessary to cause metformin-associated lactic acidosis (MALA). As these secondary events may be unpredictable and the mortality rate for MALA approaches 50%, metformin has been contraindicated in moderate an Continue reading >>