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7/15/09 2:13 P

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Thanks! The one I'm supposed to be taking is 500mg 2 times daily it's the Metformin ER. Thanks again for all the info.

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TAVERA Posts: 11
7/15/09 7:16 A

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one more thing i wanted to tell you - if $ is an issue with your prescriptions, go to those places that offer the $4 scripts (walmart, target, kroger, rite aid, etc..) - i have insurance but for some reason it is more expensive for me to have my script filled with my insurance (go figure!) - my metformin (i take 1500 mg a day) is $36 for 3 months worth from Kroger with NO insurance being filed. I take the extended release version and if i were to take the regular version it would be even cheaper....

STANGGIRLTASHIE's Photo STANGGIRLTASHIE Posts: 7
7/14/09 7:52 P

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Thanks so much I appreciate all the help. I am going to try going back off the birth control and starting metformin again after I can see that I have control over my diet good enough so it won't make me sick all the time. Again thanks!

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7/14/09 5:02 P

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this is my opinion and you need to do what you feel is best for you. But - with pcos you already don't ovulate, taking bcps is almost useless in these cases. Not to mention that if you want to get pg. down the road, you are just throwing more hormones at your already messed up hormonal body. i was on bcps when i was younger and it caused my pcos to go undiagnosed for a very, very long time. then when it was diagnosed it took almost 4 years worth of infertility treatments (that did not work) before i found low-carb and started working on my insulin. BCPs are not going to do anything for your insulin levels - and could potentially mess up your hormones further - you'd do better off doing low-carb with no medication than using bcps (Again this is all my researched and experienced opinion based on what i went thru and researched and lived)
As far as the metformin - it does that to almost everyone in the beginning - start off slow and you need to give yourself a good month to adjust to the medication - also if you are taking met. and still eating a high carb diet, you will continue to have the GI issues - you cannot take met. effectively if you are still eating high GI foods. I've been on it for 5 years now and if i were to go and eat a piece of birthday cake, i'd be in the bathroom within an hour. There is some adjusting to your diet that will need to be done with the met.

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7/14/09 3:50 P

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I think my only problem will be that I am on birth control to regulate my periods and have been on it since I was 15 so I have been told it will take it about a year or longer to get out of my system when I go off of it. I tried going off of it once and did fine for 4 months (without a period of course) but started hurting really bad and had no insurance so couldn't go back to DR so went back on birth control. I should have insurance again soon my hubby just started a new job so waitin on the benefits to kick in and then will definitely be going to see my DR. Have metformin but I go to the bathroom non stop when I am on it so haven't taken it in about a year.

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7/14/09 12:45 P

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welcome - i HATE when dr's say that - is it harder, yes, but impossible? in most cases no. I went thru 3 yrs of infertility that they said was unexplained ({keep in mind this was 15 years ago so they know more now than they did then) - i finally did a low-carb diet (in hopes of losing weight) and within 4 months was pg - she just turned 9 - i didn't lose all that much weight, about 15 lbs, but it regulated my insulin and that in turn, helped me ovulate on my own and have normal cycles.
My 2nd child, i experienced NO fertility issues at all with - but by that time i was pretty sure that i had pcos and was eating low-carb already. My sister conceived her first child with metformin alone and no other intervention.
Take care of yourself, eat well, exercise, get on metformin if your dr. thinks you need it (some people are able to low-carb it and not have to take the met - we are all different) and i bet you have no problems getting pg. when you are ready.

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7/14/09 12:10 P

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Hi everyone I'm Tashie 25 from Tennessee. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18 and was told I will not be able to have children but I will not accept that so I am trying to lose weight to get pregnant and be healthy before I have kids so they never have to live this way.

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