A patient taking metformin is complaining of diarrhea and GI discomfort. The nurse reassures the patient by stating which fact about metformin?


• Metformin often causes GI upset, but these side effects usually resolve within 2 weeks.

• Metformin is a biguanide used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. It decreases glucose production in the liver and glucose absorption in the GI tract. It also improves insulin sensitivity.

• The other three options are not reassuring to the patient.

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