Does Metformin Cause Cancer?

November 11, 2020 | By Riddle & Brantley Accident Injury Lawyers
Does Metformin Cause Cancer?

In the wake of an FDA investigation and Metformin recalls, many patients and doctors are asking, "Does Metformin cause cancer?"

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Metformin is one of the most popularly prescribed oral medications used to control blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients. Metformin has also been found to contain NDMA, a probable carcinogen that has been linked to the increased risk of up to 20 different types of cancers.

If you have taken metformin and were later diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to a Metformin cancer lawsuit or claim. Call 1-800-525-7111 today or fill out the convenient form below and we will provide you with a FREE, no-obligation consultation to see if you qualify for a claim.

If you have been taking Metformin to control you type 2 diabetes and you have been later diagnosed with certain cancers, you may be asking yourself “Does metformin cause cancer?”

NDMA in Metformin and Potential Cancer Risk

While there is not yet a conclusive link between metformin and cancer, the FDA discovered the presence of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in 76 lots of metformin drugs and because of this has issued a voluntary recall order for these metformin products.

NDMA is known to cause cancer. It is actually used to cause cancer in rats in laboratory tests.

Other drugs such as Zantac have been recalled due to the presence of NDMA and its probable link to many cancers. In lab tests, NDMA was found to consistently cause cancer in mice and is considered very dangerous when high doses are ingested. The FDA and other independent researchers have suggested that “sustained higher levels of exposure may increase the risk of cancer in humans."

Exposure to NDMA has been linked to up to 20 different types of cancer including:

  • Throat and nasal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lung cancer
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These links make clear that Metformin contaminated with NDMA may cause cancer. Patients wondering, "Does Metformin cause cancer?" are advised to talk with their doctor about the potential cancer risk associated with Metformin.

If you have taken metformin and developed cancer, you may be entitled to a metformin lawsuit or cancer claim. Our experienced metformin cancer lawyers are available for FREE consultations to determine your eligibility. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Was My Cancer Caused by Metformin?

Due to the presence of above-acceptable levels of NDMA found in many metformin products, if you have taken metformin you may be at an increased risk for cancer.

The FDA states that “Nitrosamine impurities may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them at above acceptable levels over long periods of time.”

Due to these findings, the FDA has issued voluntary recalls on metformin products in which it has found above acceptable levels of NDMA present in samples.

If you were not at risk for certain cancers prior to taking a metformin product that has tested positive for elevated levels of NDMA, and you later developed cancer, you may qualify for a metformin cancer claim.

IMPORTANT: The FDA advises that “Patients taking recalled metformin should continue taking it until a doctor or pharmacist gives them a replacement or a different treatment option. It could be dangerous for patients with type 2 diabetes to stop taking their metformin without first talking to their health care professional.”

Other NDMA-contaminated products such as Zantac have been the subject of class action lawsuits due to the possible link between NDMA exposure and cancer. These lawsuits followed a similar FDA recall for ranitidine products found to contain elevated levels of NDMA similar to those found in metformin.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer after taking metformin, call us today at 1-800-525-7111 so we can review your case and see if you are eligible for a claim.

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Why Riddle & Brantley for My Metformin Cancer Claim?

If you believe NDMA-contaminated Metformin caused your cancer, Riddle & Brantley is here to help. The best answer to the question, "Does Metformin cause cancer," is maybe — a link has been established between cancer and the NDMA that has been found in Metformin. Given the evidence, it is certainly possible that Metformin causes cancer.

Riddle & Brantley’s dangerous drug lawyers have more than 220+ years of combined experience handling drug injury cases, including claims against NDMA-contaminated drugs such as Zantac and metformin. We are dedicated to holding potentially negligent manufacturers accountable for dangerous products.

Led by attorney Gene Riddle, our attorneys have been recognized with such prestigious awards and memberships (see disclaimer below) as:

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
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  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
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  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Together, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for deserving victims (see disclaimer below).

"This settlement changed me and my family's lives."

-Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

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If you have developed cancer after taking metformin, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today at 1-800-525-7111 or fill out the form below for a FREE consultation.  

Our experts will carefully review each claim we receive and determine your eligibility for a claim. We work on contingency, meaning there is no cost to you unless you receive compensation for your claim.

Dangerous drug companies have lawyers to fight for them against the people that their products injure, make sure you have a team on your side fighting for you. One that is dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve after being injured due to corporate negligence and greed.

Let Riddle & Brantley fight for you and show you that Justice Counts.

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