With only 40% of those with gestational diabetes able to achieve normal blood glucose levels with carbohydrate counting alone, the use of medications to ensure the safety of baby are paramount. But what about other drugs for diabetes such as metformin which have not been used for as long?
Insulin has long been the first drug of choice (and still is) but Metformin is now increasingly being used with success in the treatment of diabetes in pregnancy. Insulin has been around a very long time and there have been extensive trials both during pregnancy and beyond in following up babies until adults to ensure we know it is safe to use. It is also chemically almost identical to our own natural insulin supplies made in our pancreas.
But what about other drugs for diabetes such as metformin which have not been used for as long?
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