Metformin is an oral drug used primarily to treat type II diabetes. It can be used in combination with other drugs, and cannot treat type 1 diabetes. The derivative of Metformin is a plant called Galega officinalis, which is a French lilac. In medieval Europe, this plant was thought to have had herbal benefits, containing guanidine which showed hypoglycaemic properties. Unfortunately, it was too toxic to use as a treatment.
You should not take metformin if you have any history of liver or heart disease.
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