Effects of Metformin on Low Back Pain

  • End date
    Dec 10, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Gwendolyn Sowa
Updated on 10 July 2022
back pain
low back pain


The purpose of the current study is to determine the effects of metformin in non-diabetic patients with low back pain, and identify novel targets for future treatments

Condition Low Back Pain
Treatment Placebo, Metformin
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04055012
SponsorGwendolyn Sowa
Last Modified on10 July 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Age 18 and above
Diagnosed with axial low back pain (low back pain more severe than pain in other parts of the body, without radiation of pain into the lower extremities)
Women of child bearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test at baseline

Exclusion Criteria

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, other autoimmune/systemic inflammatory arthropathies
Progressive lower extremity weakness or numbness
Recent oral steroid use (within last 3 months)
Chronic kidney disease (eGFR <60)
Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
Subjects must not be pregnant or breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant or breastfeed during the course of the trial
Unable to take an oral medication in a non crushable pill form
Taking metformin presently or within the last 6 months
History of allergy to metformin
History of lactic acidosis
Severe Hepatic dysfunction
Currently taking a diabetic medication such as sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, alogliptin, sitagliptin with metformin
Currently taking a Carbonic anhydrase inhibitor such as topiramate, zonisamide, acetazolamide, dichlorphenamide, methazolamide
Currently taking cimetidine
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