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5/8/13 12:26 P

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I take the ER. I'm at 500 mg per day, to be increased by 500 mg each week until I reach 1500 mg. I am DYING. The side effects are so terrible.

I don't even think I have insulin resistance. I'm giving it a go because I'm desperate. I just hope it is the solution to my inability to lose weight. It'd be a shame to put my body through this without reason.

I'm only on day 6, and I have to increase the dose tomorrow. Today was particularly bad. I may have to leave work early. What an embarrassing medication!

Also, I don't think I lost any weight on it yet. (I've been following low carb, Atkins Induction, no fake sugars, all wholeful foods, etc. for over 12 weeks now). I know it's too early to tell if it's working. I'm not complaining. I'm just not hopeful.

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The ER Metformin is gentler. Lots of folks have intestinal issues with Metformin. The ER Metformin works much better for me. I do often wonder if it has the same results though. I'm not sure the weight loss is as effective on the ER.

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5/8/13 7:13 A

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I'm on metformin too. I had been on the ER, but got put back on the regular metformin. What is
the difference? The ER tabs are smaller, which I like, but not sure why I was switched. Any info would be helpful

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Thanks for giving me further incentive to continue with metformin. You are so right it is hard for persons with PCOS to lose weight without the metformin. I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant (Celiac)for many years before using metformin and eat a lot of salads and even though I stopped gaining weight losing was still difficult. It has become much easier to lose weight using metformin. Thanks also for the reminder to take vit B calcium and vit D. I hate taking tablets and it is good to be reminded why I should.
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I was diagnosed when the only solution was birth control as well and birth control did NOT help me at all. It made everything worse actually. I finally found an amazing doctor who was willing to put me on Metformin last year, I took it for a few weeks and then stopped due to the weird stomach issues.

I got back on it because I realized I would rather have stomach issues than keep batteling the horrible symptoms of PCOS. I have just finished my first month of taking it, my belly has literally flattened out a lot, I am losing weight and dun dun dun my periods are normal. For me that is a HUGE deal. I can honestly say if you take it at the same time every single day (I take it after dinner) and eat healthy while taking it, you don't have that many stomach issues and of course the stomach issues start to fade out the longer you take it. For the first time in a long time I have my energy back!

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2/27/13 11:38 A

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I had mixed feelings before about taking metformin. I was only using if for a moth and stopped. Now that in reading all these messages I'm starting to think I should start back up again and really read all the side affects and what it's goid for. I was worried before when I saw it was good for the insulin ore-diabetic thing but maybe I need to consider this! Thanks to all of you and your information!

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JENNIFERPS -- definitely ask for ER. I couldn't take more than 500mg of the regular due to side effects, but I now take 2000mg of ER every day and have no side effects at all.

Met has worked really well for me... I have been losing slow and steady at 2 pounds a month over a couple years now. I do hope I can get on a lower dose at some point, but I'm not their yet.

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I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome 2 years ago. Unfortunately it took several doctors and a 150 pound weight gain for someone to realize what was going on. During the 2 years since I was diagnosed my doctor has had me try everything and nothing has helped. Finally she decide to give me metformin. I've been on it for 10 days now. I'm currently only up to 1000 mg, but I've already lost 5 pounds. I've hardly had any side effects. Also my facial hair growth has slowed and I'm breaking out less. Know more here www.internationaldrugmart.com/metfor
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Metformin seems to really be working for me. I've been taking for about a month, and have lost 5 lbs. I never could lose weight before, so I'm really happy about that. Met's side effects have gone away, thank God! But now I have the worst break out of cystic acne I've ever had!! Is metformin supposed to help with this symptom of pcos? I'm going to the dr. today. Hopefully she can help me. I don't want to go anywhere cause it's so bad. I just put a ton of make up on, and I don't usually wear make up.

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Motercrow: I didnt know people with PCOS had problems absorbing Vitamin B....I am taking a B12 vitamin daily. Is that bad for me?

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10/29/10 1:38 A

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Hi! I just started taking the entire 1000mg right before i go to bed..I've only did this for 3 days now and so far I haven't noticed any difference from when I took 500 in the mornign and 500 at night..

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I am having 850mg of Metmorfin BUT I don't see any positive changes, at first I had problems 'cause my blood sugar got low and I got dizzy, but no weight loss effect sadly :(

I've stopped birth control pills and I dropped 4 pounds in one month, so I'm hoping to get better results now... or maybe I'm not getting enough Metmorfin?

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I'm glad to see that others have/had success with metformin. I've only been on this drug for about a month and I really haven't noticed any difference yet except for the common GI side effects. One question I do have for those who've seen positive benefits from taking metformin is generally how long did it take to see a difference?

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and thank you everyone for replying it means a lot :)

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Whoa I didn't realize how many replies this got lol last time I came there were only two or so! I'm glad I'm not the only one whose had success with it. Of course I'm stabilizing my diet too, but the Metformin helps me do that. It cuts down cravings a HUGE deal for me. Before if I wanted to lose any weight I'd have to eat below 1200 calories which of course is not normal, but with the Metformin I can eat up to 1700 calories and still lose a good amount of weight. It just feels nice to put the effort in and see normal results instead of putting tonsss of effort in and seeing minimal results which is what happened before. I'm also on BC too which helps with the PCOS. I've heard of bad side effects too and i feel for anyone who has to go through them, that must be tough =( But for me the side effects are tolerable. I got an upset stomach at first but it went away recently, I think I just had to get used to it.

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I was diagnosed with PCOS in the Spring of 2008, I was at my heaviest, my liver was swollen and I was insulin resistant (family history of diabetes). Before being put on Metformin I wanted to try to lose weight by myself. I managed to lose about 50 pounds from April to September that year. I managed to normalize the enzymes in my liver. However, I was still insulin resistant. So, I started Metformin, and since then it has helped me manage my blood sugar levels.

The thing is, you still have to put in the work. I find that the side effects (especially the stomach problems) are worse when I consume a lot of carbohydrates. So you should try to watch what you eat. Also, when I was studying for my PhD exams I did a lot less exercise and this meant that I stayed about the same weight and gained a little more, even with the Metformin. I've come to realize that with this condition I will always have to put exercising and activity high on my list of priorities. Metformin helped but I really think you need to take ownership of your behavior.


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Thanks Mothercrow! I have a call in to my doctor, but she was away for Eid. I'm sure I'll touch base with her on Monday. I'll hold off until then!
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I would think that if you want to be sure you would definitely have to call your doctor's office. My opinion has always been that cinnamon is found in all kinds of foods, so if the medicine reacted with it, then the label would warn against it. For example, my Lipitor bottle says not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Lipitor. But again, you should call the doctor's office--this is the kind of question they should be able to answer over the phone.

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Does anyone know if Cinnamon Extract reacts with any other medications? I'd like to start taking it, but I also take Eltroxin for hypothyroidism and it is a very sensitive drug.

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I take 1000mg twice a day. My doctor told me take it with lunch and dinner. He told me that a lot of people don't eat enough for breakfast. I did have some issues with side effects, when I first started taking it. But, after a while they went away. Unless, I had a greasy meal.

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I had been taking it with food and the side effects were not tolerable in my case. I think the ER formula sounds like something I should try.

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Just throwing my two-cents in again! I have the ER formula and I noticed a significant drop in side effects! I also take with food -- that really helps.

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Thank you for the info MOTHERCROW. I am planning to ask my doctor about the ER form at my next appointment.

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ASHUM86, more power to you. Good luck, and if you don't need the meformin, fabulous. I'm coming from a place where I did what the doctors told me, I religiously followed their diets, I exercised, and they spent fifteen years telling me it was my fault I didn't lose and that I must be lying. But, if you can do it without metformin, then why put the medicine in your body? I can understand that. It's not a supplement meant to give you more of what you need, it's a medicine.

JENNIFERPS, I will tell you what my doctor told me about when to take it BUT I have the extended release tabs so I'm not sure if this applies to any other form. His original prescription said to take it twice a day, then the renewal said to take it all at once. When I asked him which was correct, he said whatever worked for me. As for the side effects, make sure that you are taking it with food, ideally with a meal. The food helps (at least it helps me) to prevent stomach upset, and I've actually read that metformin is designed to be taken with food so it works better with a meal. I like to take it during the meal, so there's already food in my stomach and there will be food following. That seems to help prevent stomach upset for me. As for the way I take metformin, I take 750mg in the morning and 750mg at night.

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I've tried Metformin, but can't seem to get past the side effects. I get terrible diarrhea. I've seen some folks on here say they take all prescribed Metformin before bed. I'm supposed to take 500 mg with breakfast and 500 mg with dinner. Would it hurt to take it all at night? Has this worked for others?

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I just started taking Metformin yesterday and was wondering what to expect. Looks like it can be a good thing. I am having no side effects so far.

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Wow, it seems like this is the first thread I've seen where someone likes Metformin! I'm too scared of the side effects to try it. :(

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Don't get me wrong, I hate having to take medicine everyday. But, I am glad that I have found something that is helping to get my cycles regulated. I have always been very irregular but with the metformin I have a cycle every month. But, the whole idea is to live a health life. Mothercrow, I totally agree metformin is a very serious medicine that has some very serious side effects. With PCOS, you just have to take it day by day. Hopefully, soon they will find a solution that does not include any kind of medication.

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Hi Mothercrow, I appreciate you concern, waiting on taking metformin was kind of my idea too.
I do take cinnamon, fish oil, chromium, and a multi vitamin. I am doing a low carb diet I will be starting atkins next Monday. Right now I've been doing a lower carb, low calorie, low GI diet. My Dr was suggesting I at least attempt to try a healthy diet and exercise first before jumping on meds. I was eating really poorly, like fried food everyday, didn't exercise at all. So I wanted to try it out first before looking to meds to help me, and my doctor backed it saying that's what she was going to suggest that too. I've only been dieting for a bit over a week and I've already lost 7 lbs and I haven't even started exercising yet lol.

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I would like to get off the metformin eventually, but I started in a similar place and I remember how happy I was, how thrilled to finally have some control of my life back! Now, I hope that you're supplementing your metformin with a healthy diet and exercise, because that is the best way for you to maximize feeling great. :)

ETA: ASHUMS86, I'm concerned about your doctor telling you to lose the weight BEFORE putting you on the metformin. If you're insulin resistant, you *will not* be able to lose the weight easily, and the metformin is a tool to help your body recognize the insulin. I shudder to think of the difficult path your doctor has put you on. 30 to 40 lbs! That's a lot of weight to lose BEFORE you get assistance! I'm sticking my nose in where it doesn't belong here, but let me make a few suggestions:

1) Take cinnamon supplements. Cinnamon has been proven to help diabetics manage their blood sugar, and it won't hurt you.

2) Go low-carb. Even if you just eat whole grains instead of processed, that will help. My nutritionist told me to make sure to fit in one salad every day and really push the vegetables. Protein is also your friend. The Insulin Resistance Diet recommends a certain amount of protein for every gram of carb, but I don't remember what it said.

3) Women with PCOS are typically low on vitamin D, which has been linked to weight loss, so a supplement wouldn't hurt. If you're taking calcium supplements, vitamin D will improve the efficacy of the calcium as well.

4) Women with PCOS have trouble processing vitamin B, so supplementing B or taking Inositol or D-chiro-inositol is helpful.

I wish you the best of luck! If you want, you can tell your doctor that I've lost almost 100 pounds *on* metformin but none of my symptoms have gone away.

Edited by: MOTHERCROW at: 9/5/2010 (14:57)
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I took Metformin for a year and lost 30 pounds. Then, I stopped taking it and gained a lot back. I have been on for almost three months this time and lost almost 12 pounds. Once, you get over the side effects it not so bad. I like the fact that it helps to regulate my cycles.

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Oh my goodness! That's wonderful! Congratulations. I haven't been put on metformin yet, my dr told me to lose about 30-40 lbs and if my symptoms have cleared and I am still having irregular Aunt Flos then she would put me on it. So that's my first goal. Great job!

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I say ditto to everything in this post. thanks for the reminder to keep getting your RX reviewed.

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MJ_XOX: I love Metformin too -- oral contraceptives never helped me and only Metformin has been able to help control my PCOS symptoms. It took about 6 months for me to see any real benefits and then I noticed that the benefits were incredible. I have lost a lot of weight, and I just wanted to offer a word of caution. Please continue to go to your doctor and monitor your progress. Metformin (although I love it) is a pretty serious drug with major side effects. As you lose weight, your dose may need adjusting as mine did. I went from 2000mg a day to years ago down to 500 over those two years!

Congratulations on your progress and I hope you continue this high!

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thanks!!

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Congrats! That is awesome...keep up the great work!

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I was diagnosed at age 17 w/ PCOS, but they hardly did anything to treat it...I was put on Trinessa birth control which was awful and I kept gaining more and more weight. (Not because of the BC but because of the PCOS symptoms along with my own habits). Well, I was put on Metformin and Ortho Tri-cyclin 2 months ago, and I have lost 27 pounds! The first week on Metformin alone I lost 10 pounds...That's CRAZY...SO it must be doing SOMETHING to help me lose so much weight. I also notice my cravings are gone, I'm not as anxious all of the time, and my stomach doesn't always look so bloated. My face is also clearing up! For the first time this month I had a NORMAL period! I'm just so excited to have everything falling into place. I'm almost at 30 pounds lost. :) Yahh! There's hope!!!

I know it's working because in order to lose ANY weight before, I'd have to eat 1200 calories a day...Which is NOT reasonable for someone who loves food like me!! But since I was put on Metformin I can eat up to 1700 calories and still lose the same amount of weight. I'm just really excited to have found something that works. I started in the 260's now I'm almost in the 220s!

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