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Question:

From Newton, Massachusetts, USA:

Is it common to use Glucophage with type 1 diabetes?

Answer:

Oral agents such as Glucophage [metformin] are not used in Typeá1 diabetes. Without lab tests, it is sometimes difficult to tell if it is Typeá1 or Type 2 diabetes. Measurement of antibodies are useful as well as tests of insulin reserve, albeit somewhat expensive.

We are now-a-days recognizing children with type 2 diabetes that we initially thought had type 1 diabetes. Other centers are reporting similarly. Metformin is excellent for type 2 diabetes -- but it isn't approved by the FDA for children, although many physicians use it.

LD

DTQ-19991016201522
Original posting 25 Dec 1999
Posted to Medications: Pills for Diabetes

  
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