Abstract Title:

Comparison of Metformin andAcetylcysteine on Clinical, Metabolic Parameter and Hormonal Profile in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Abstract Source:

J Obstet Gynaecol India. 2019 Feb ;69(1):77-81. Epub 2018 May 28. PMID: 30814814

Abstract Author(s):

Nidhi Chandil, Shubha Pande, Shashwati Sarkar Sen, Durgesh Gupta

Article Affiliation:

Nidhi Chandil


Objective: Comparison of metformin andacetylcysteine on clinical, metabolic parameter and hormonal profile in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Design: Prospective comparative study.

Setting: Obstetrics and Gynecology department in Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital Allahabad.

Patients: On the basis of inclusion and exclusion criteria, 100 patients of PCOS were selected for study and assigned randomly in two groups to receive either metformin (1500 mg/day) (group M) oracetylcysteine (1800 mg/day) (group N) for 24 weeks.

Interventions: Metabolic parameter and hormonal profile were determined before and after the treatment.

Main Outcome Measures: Metabolic parameters, fasting glucose, fasting insulin and testosterone changes.

Results: Forty-five patients of both groups were ultimately evaluated. There was a significant improvement of body mass index, waist circumference and waist-hip ratio in group N, but there was no significant difference found in weight reduction among two groups. The biochemical marker of insulin resistance like fasting insulin, fasting glucose/insulin ratio improved significantly in group N. Greater reduction of total testosterone was observed in group N.

ConclusionS: Better improvement of metabolic and hormonal profile was observed inacetylcysteine group. Because of its less side effect comparing to metformin, NAC can be used as a substitute for insulin-sensitizing agent in treatment of PCOS.

Study Type : Human Study

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