November 8, 2014
Skin Diseases/*drug therapy
Abstract: For several decades, metformin has been used as an oral hypoglycaemic agent, where it is the first line of treatment in overweight and obese type 2 diabetic patients. This is because it decreases the hepatic glucose output and acts as an insulin sensitizer by increasing the glucose utilization by muscles and adipocytes. As a result of the improvement in glycaemic control, serum insulin concentrations decline slightly, thus improving hyperinsulinaemia and its signs. In addition, it has been shown that metformin has platelet anti-aggregating and antioxidant effects. These pharmacological properties have allowed metformin to be effective in non-diabetic situations including cutaneous conditions. This is an evidence-based review on the use of metformin in the treatment of skin disorders such as hirsutism, acne, hidradenitis suppurativa, acanthosis nigricans, psoriasis, skin cancer, among others. In addition, cutaneous side-effects such as leukocytoclastic vasculitis, bullous pemphigoid, psoriasiform drug eruption, lichen planus and acute alopecia have been associated with metformin use and are discussed in the article.
Notes: Badr, D
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013 Nov;27(11):1329-35. doi: 10.1111/jdv.12116. Epub 2013 Feb 26.
Author Address: Department of Dermatology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon.
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4479Author: Bagatin, E. and Miot, H. A.
Title: How to design and write a clinical research protocol in Cosmetic Dermatology
Journal: An Bras Dermatol
Short Title: How to design and write a clinical research protocol in Cosmetic Dermatology