Metformin appears to be safe and effective for children and adolescents with obesity, suggests a study published in the Obesity Journal.
Metformin, sold under the brand name Glucophage among others, is the first-line medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, particularly in people who are overweight. It is also used in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. It is not associated with weight gain and is taken by mouth. Few treatments exist for pediatric obesity. Metformin holds potential for pediatric weight loss.
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