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Why was I prescribed Glycomet SR for PCOS?

Q: I am 26 years old and have always had irregular periods. I have been obese, but after I got married, I gained a lot of weight. My doctor diagnosed me with PCOS and prescribed Glycomet SR. Am I at a risk of being diabetic, if I take this medication?

A:Glycomet SR is the brand name of a medicine called metformin. It is used in the treatment of diabetes also. Hence it will not cause diabetes. However patients of PCOS have resistance to the utilisation of insulin produced by the body; hence metformin is given to them. Other risk factors of diabetes include family history and obesity. Hence every attempt should be made to loose weight.


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