Metformin may reduce side effects of systemic steroids: study

Small trial shows better glucose, lipids and stabilisation of insulin resistance

Metformin reduces the metabolic complications of systemic glucocorticoid therapy while preserving its anti-inflammatory benefits, according to results from a proof-of-concept phase-2 trial.

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UK researchers evaluated the potential of metformin to reduce the metabolic side effects of glucocorticoid therapy in their randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 53 patients without diabetes but with an inflammatory disease treated with continuous prednisolone.

Because of discontinuations due to various reasons, only 19 patients in the&nbsp

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