Long and Short-term Metformin Consumption as a Potential Therapy to Prevent Complications of COVID-19
Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin, doi:10.34172/apb.2023.066
The aim of the study is to evaluate the effect of metformin in complication improvement of hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Methods: This was a randomized clinical trial that involved 189 patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection. Patients in the intervention group received metformin-500 mg twice daily. Patients who received metformin before admission were excluded from the control group. Patients who were discharged before taking at least 2000 mg of metformin were excluded from the study. Primary outcomes were vital signs, need for ICU admission, need for intubation, and mortality. Results: Data showed that patients with diabetes with previous metformin in their regimen had lower percentages of ICU admission and death in comparison with patients without diabetes (11.3% vs. 26.1% (P = 0.014) and 4.9% vs. 23.9% (P ≤ 0.001), respectively). Admission time characteristics were the same for both groups except for diabetes and hyperlipidemia, which were significantly different between the two groups. Observations of naproxen consumption on endpoints, duration of hospitalization, and the levels of spO 2 did not show any significant differences between the intervention and the control group. The adjusted OR for intubation in the intervention group versus the control group was 0.21 [95% CI, 0.04-0.99 (P = 0.047)].
Conclusion: In this trial, metformin consumption had no effect on mortality and ICU admission rates in non-diabetic patients. However, metformin improved COVID-19 complications in diabetic patients who had been receiving metformin prior to COVID-19 infection, and it significantly lowered the intubation rates.
Competing Interests The authors declare no financial or non-financial conflict of interests.
Ethical Approval Full informed consent was obtained from the participants. The study was conducted under the Research Ethics Committee (REC) of Tabriz University of Medical sciences guidelines of good clinical practice under the authorization of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and the Helsinki Declaration. The presented data are part of the preliminary results of a clinical trial that is registered with the Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials, number IRCT20160310026998N10 and the ethics code of IR.TBZMED. REC.1398.1309.
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