Dear Pharmacist: Answer to “whys” for Metformin benefit patients

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“When you block the calcium-dependent membrane function in your gut with the drug metformin (used for diabetes), you lower vitamin B12 levels. A deficiency of B12 is well-documented. It can cause painful neuropathies. This answers the “why” question in case you have more numbness or pins and needles in your hands and feet. Probiotics, calcium and B12 could help if you take metformin.”
“Coffee mugs minerals that you need to make thyroid hormone. Wine mugs thiamine which can cause calf muscle tenderness and memory loss.” The author, Suzy Cohen, uses the verb “mugs” for “blocks the efficacy of.”

via Herold-Review.com Aug 14, 2014

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