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* In early 2016, metformin monotherapy remains the treatment of choice for most patients with type 2 diabetes. There are several alternatives for patients in whom metformin is poorly tolerated or ineffective. However, dapagliflozin and canagiflozin have an unfavourable harm-benefit balance and should not be used to enhance the action of metformin. Empagliflozin is the third glifozin to be authorised in the European Union for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of empaglifloznin, in combination with other glucose-lowering drugs, involved 7020 patients with type 2 diabetes, an average glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) concentration of about 8%, and a history of at least one cardiovascular event...
June 2016: Prescrire International
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