Understanding and overcoming metformin gastrointestinal intolerance.
; Scheen, André
in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism (2017), 19(473-481),
Metformin is the most widely prescribed drug for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and the first-line pharmacologic option as supported by multiple international guidelines, yet a rather large ... [more ▼]
Metformin is the most widely prescribed drug for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and the first-line pharmacologic option as supported by multiple international guidelines, yet a rather large proportion of patients cannot tolerate metformin in adequate amounts because of its associated gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events (AEs). GI AEs typically encountered with metformin therapy include diarrhoea, nausea, flatulence, indigestion, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort, with diarrhoea and nausea being the most common. Although starting at a low dose and titrating slowly may help prevent some of metformin's GI AEs, some patients are unable to tolerate metformin at all and it may also be difficult to convince patients to start metformin again after a bout of GI AEs. Despite this clinical importance the underlying mechanisms of metformin's GI intolerance are poorly known. This review discusses the epidemiology of metformin GI intolerance; its underlying mechanisms; genotype variability and associated factors affecting metformin GI intolerance, such as comorbidities, co-medications, and bariatric surgery; clinical consequences, and therapeutic strategies to overcome metformin GI intolerance. These strategies include appropriate titration of immediate-release metformin, use of extended-release metformin, the promise of delayed-release metformin and gut microbiome modulators, and alternative pharmacological therapies when metformin cannot be tolerated at all. Given the available data, all efforts should be made to maintain metformin before considering a shift to another drug therapy. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 12 (3 ULg)
Inhibiting or Antagonizing Glucagon: A Progress in Diabetes Care ?
LEFEBVRE, Pierre ; Paquot, Nicolas ; Scheen, André
in Diabetes, obesity & metabolism (2015)
Absolute or relative hyperglucagonemia has been recognized for years in all experimental or clinical forms of diabetes. It has been suggested that excess secretion of glucagon by the islet alpha-cells is ... [more ▼]
Absolute or relative hyperglucagonemia has been recognized for years in all experimental or clinical forms of diabetes. It has been suggested that excess secretion of glucagon by the islet alpha-cells is a direct consequence of intra-islet insulin secretory defects. Recent studies have demonstrated that knock-out of the glucagon receptor or administration of a monoclonal specific glucagon receptor antibody make insulin deficient type 1 diabetic rodents thrive without insulin. These observations suggest that glucagon plays an essential role in the pathophysiology of diabetes and that targeting the alpha-cell and glucagon are innovative approaches in the management of diabetes. Despite active research and identification of promising compounds, no one selective glucagon antagonist is presently used in the treatment of diabetes. Interestingly, besides insulin, several drugs used today in the management of diabetes appear to exert their effects in part by inhibiting glucagon secretion (GLP-1 receptor agonists, DPP-4 inhibitors, alpha glucosidase inhibitors and, maybe, sulfonylureas) or glucagon action (metformin). The potential risks associated with total glucagon suppression include alpha-cell hyperplasia, increased mass of the pancreas, increased susceptibility to hepatosteatosis and hepatocellular injury and increased risk of hypoglycaemia and should be considered in the search and development of new compounds reducing glucagon receptor signalling. In conclusion, more than 40 years after its initial description, the hyperglucagonemia of diabetes can no longer be ignored or minimized and its correction represents an attractive way for improving diabetes management. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 29 (3 ULg)
Pharmacokinetics of dipeptidylpeptidase-4 inhibitors.
in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism (2010), 12(8), 648-58
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is a complex disease combining defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. New compounds have been developed for improving glucose-induced insulin secretion and glucose control ... [more ▼]
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is a complex disease combining defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. New compounds have been developed for improving glucose-induced insulin secretion and glucose control, without inducing hypoglycaemia or weight gain. Dipeptidylpeptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are new oral glucose-lowering agents, so-called incretin enhancers, which may be used as monotherapy or in combination with other antidiabetic compounds. Sitagliptin, vildaglipin and saxagliptin are already on the market in many countries, either as single agents or in fixed-dose combined formulations with metformin. Other DPP-4 inhibitors, such as alogliptin and linagliptin, are currently in late phase of development. The present paper summarizes and compares the main pharmacokinetics (PK) properties, that is, absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination, of these five DPP-4 inhibitors. Available data were obtained in clinical trials performed in healthy young male subjects, patients with T2DM, and patients with either renal insufficiency or hepatic impairment. PK characteristics were generally similar in young healthy subjects and in middle-aged overweight patients with diabetes. All together gliptins have a good oral bioavailability which is not significantly influenced by food intake. PK/pharmacodynamics characteristics, that is, sufficiently prolonged half-life and sustained DPP-4 enzyme inactivation, generally allow one single oral administration per day for the management of T2DM; the only exception is vildagliptin for which a twice-daily administration is recommended because of a shorter half-life. DPP-4 inhibitors are in general not substrates for cytochrome P450 (except saxagliptin that is metabolized via CYP 3A4/A5) and do not act as inducers or inhibitors of this system. Several metabolites have been documented but most of them are inactive; however, the main metabolite of saxagliptin also exerts a significant DPP-4 inhibition and is half as potent as the parent compound. Renal excretion is the most important elimination pathway, except for linagliptin whose metabolism in the liver appears to be predominant. PK properties of gliptins, combined with their good safety profile, explain why no dose adjustment is necessary in elderly patients or in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment. As far as patients with renal impairment are concerned, significant increases in drug exposure for sitagliptin and saxagliptin have been reported so that appropriate reductions in daily dosages are recommended according to estimated glomerular filtration rate. The PK characteristics of DPP-4 inhibitors suggest that these compounds are not exposed to a high risk of drug-drug interactions. However, the daily dose of saxagliptin should be reduced when coadministered with potent CYP 3A4 inhibitors. In conclusion, besides their pharmacodynamic properties leading to effective glucose-lowering effect without inducing hypoglycaemia or weight gain, DPP-4 inhibitors show favourable PK properties, which contribute to a good efficacy/safety ratio for the management of T2DM in clinical practice. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 50 (0 ULg)