fish odor

15 Feb: Diabetes drug may be a little fishy

  New studies released today found that many who take the popular diabetes medication, metformin find the odor off-putting, and some have trouble taking the medication. The “fishy” odor is especially noticeable in the immediate release versions. “Metformin is an excellent drug, but the immediate-release formulation may have an odor to it. The smell is fishy or like the inside of an inner tube, and in a patient’s mind, because it smells like something that has gone bad, they may think the drug isn’t good,” explained one of the letter’s authors, J. Russell May, a clinical professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Georgia. However, May said, “some metformin products on the market…