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I was recently diagnosed PCOS & a year ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid. I have not lost any weight so far & have have been on Metformin for about a month. I recently started walking laps at the track and I am watching my diet although I am not where I need to be yet. The doctor that diagnosed me PCOS also put me on BC but I have not started taking them because I am already on so much medication. I went to get a second opinion - he put me on a daily progesterone pill to make my period start. I have very abnormal period (probably due to being 100 LB overweight). But, again I am not taking the progesterone until I find a new doctor because he was 2 hours away and I need someone closer.

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Reading your posts, I am not sure if I should feel accomplished and be worried.

My main symptoms were irregular menstruations and strong insulin resistance. My normal weight used to be around 65 kg and I went up to 90. Started taking 3x500 mg of metformin per day on the 30th of April and I now weigh 73 kg. I seem to be losing appetite as well, even though the things I eat didn't change much, only the amount did, as the body doesn't demand for sickening amounts of food anymore.

Is this normal?

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9/4/14 11:55 A

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I have been taking Metformin for almost a year now. I honestly don't know if it has helped me lose weight or not, though it has helped with regulating my period which was amazing for me. I think the only thing that has truly helped me lose weight is sticking to a strict diet of low sugar and no processed food. I eat meat, vegetables and I get one piece of fruit a day, those things seem to agree with my body and the weight falls off. The minute I introduce carbs back into my life I gain the weight back. I try to think of it like someone with a wheat intolerance, I can't eat certain foods anymore because they don't agree with my condition or how my body handles them. But like I said above, the Metformin has helped me with other issues with PCOS.

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hello everyone i m new to the site , so i wanted to share my story also !!
The last 2 years i gained 17 kilos,i dieted all the time but the weight seemed to stay the same!!!
I've been diagnosed with Pcos last march!!!I was on yasmin for 4 months but instead of seeing any results my cysts got bigger,so my gyno advised me to see an endocrinologist,so the endo put me on metformin (glucophage).I've been taking it for a week now !!!i wanna say that the side effects were awful it was a torture for me ,today i'm much better.the good part is i lost 2.5 kilos just in 6 days, i hope i will continue to loose and i will be pco free!!!!

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The funny thing about metformin is that it isn't approved by the FDA to treat women for PCOS. The studies done are very inconclusive and almost all of them center around fertility. So for women who wonder why a doctor might not want to prescribe metformin to a woman who isn't trying to conceive, this is why.

Some people it seems to help a lot, and others not at all. I couldn't stomach the stuff...literally.

In theory the way it works is by keeping the insulin lower the body isn't producing as much testosterone. In turn that means easier pregnancies, more balanced hormones, and a lessening of general PCOS symptoms. Personally I think everyone should first try to treat their symptoms with proper diet and exercise. If there is still a large issue then it is time to talk to your doctor about some added help.



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5/26/14 7:20 A

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I don't know if I can honestly say that Metformin has "helped" me lose weight. This is the second time I've taken it (I was on it before my pregnancy and they took me off of it 3 months in). I've been working hard to get the weight off, even before being put back on it, to help regulate my cycles...which still hasn't happened and I'm 21 lbs down. I know for some it makes a big difference.

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Metformin has helped a lot of people with PCOS. You have to really monitor intake...

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I had a trainer and had to track my food. I honestly think he thought I was cheating because I saw no real weight loss. When I mentioned my concern to my Doctor she just said well just keep working out it's good for your heart. After several months I started searching YouTube and found Metformin reviews. So I asked my Doctor if I could try it and within the first month I started losing weight.

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Hello everyone. Just want to share that I was diagnosed with pcos in july 2013. And I was put on metformin since then. I didnt experience weight loss at first but I lost 8 kgs since then by working out and keeping control over my diet. It was actually easier losing weight on it because before that I had to starve myself to shed pounds.

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i think it helps. Actually for today for the first time in a year I got my cycle. :) All due to the metformin and losing 10 pounds the last few months. that is a really good feeling!

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7/8/13 7:40 P

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When I was speaking to my endo she told me that they had done a study in which people who were eating healthy and exercising while not in meds, had the same weight loss results as people eating healthy and exercising.
She basically told me I didn't need the meds if I planned on eating healthy and exercising.

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Glad you are seeing positive results!

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7/7/13 11:12 A

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yes it has and I am thankful for it!

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Finally up to 1000mg a day, hoping next month to add to 1500 and not get stomach affects.




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I have hashimotos and PCOS too! My thyroid was removed a couple of years ago. I have found a low GI diet helps with both...good luck!




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I wanted to say think you all for sharing your stories I have read through all of the post and I have to say that it is hard to find support. I was dx with pcos w/ IR about 4 wks ago and have only been on metformin for 2 weeks on tuesday I will go up to 1500mg a day I have loss 6.5 lbs so far without changing anything for me that it a big deal I am having trouble with not drinking soda but even that seems to be easier I am not craving the soda like I would be for met I know that I need to go on a low carb diet but its a work in progress the only side effect I have is going to the bathroom but its not a problem b/c before I was having trouble going to the bathroom I also have hashimoto thyroiditis. before the dx of pcos the endo told me that is what she thought I had so I went home and started looking it up and it seem that everything I found on it was negative I did not even think to look for info on this site I dont know why SP has everything! its nice to read your stories even the ones that it is not working for are not negative about it they are just simply sharing what met has done for them so I would like to say thank you all reading this has given me so much more hope then ever before!

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1/11/11 3:30 P

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I have been on Metformin for 2 years. If I don't take it I gain weight so fast. I definatley think it helps to maintain weight loss though.

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I've been on it for 3 years and I haven't lost any weight except for when I was trying to through diet and exercise

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My OB-GYN just took me off the metformin. (I am 16 weeks pregnant), I am so afraid that I am now going to gain tons of weight!

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1/4/11 1:44 P

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I have been on Metformin ER 1500 mg a day for 5 years. I haven't seen it help a lot with weight loss but I have seen other benefits and I only had side effects for about a week.

"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." ~Matthew 19:26


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hey just wanted to let you know but in sure you already figured out the side effects go away

never leave the one you love for the one you like. the one you like will leave you for the one they love..... madlin-tini


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When I was on Metmorphine, I didn't lose weight. I was happy to get off of it because of the side effects. I just didn't like being on it.

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Without changing my diet or my exercise very much I lost about 16 lbs with Metformin, but now the weight loss seems to have stopped (for the last 4 months). I don't know if I will continue to use it for weight loss, but I think it has been helpful.

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I was a conscious/healthy eater before I started Metformin and though the medication has helped considerably, it hasn't been in the way of weight loss.

My weight loss only comes from consistently working out, eating well and no break from the routine.

Also, as for the Wellbutrin, as many medications especially (anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, mood stabilizers and enhancers.. etc) can act as appetite suppressant. It all depends on the person. Many of the same medications inhibit weight loss but some claim to be weight neutral (like Cymbalta) meaning, their research didn't show a significant gain or loss during human trials.

I find it helpful to be honest about your eating habits, why you seek to use a mood stabilizer/enhancer and ensure that your perscriber is knowledgeable. I've had some ding-bat doctors in my time (as I'm sure many of you have!)

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I am not on metformin yet. I am considering asking my doctor to start me on it, or something like it. I have read that metformin can help you lose weight if you do not have type 2 diabetes, which is what metformin is usually used to treat. My grandmother has type 2 diabetes&is on metformin, she says she has never lost any weight with metformin&she believes it is because she has to take it with food or she gets sick.

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I have struggled with my weight ever since puberty (which was over a decade ago); I only recently was diagnosed with PCOS and started metformin this week.

I really wasn't expecting to see any results until I'd been on it for awhile; but just within a week, I've managed to lose 5lbs.

That doesn't sound like much, but for me, that's a huge step. I've followed a strict diet and exercise regime for months; but the numbers on the scale just kept creeping up. This past week, though, the scale has been moving- down. I'm ecstatic.

I have some gastrointestinal issues, mostly stomach pain, but if I take it with a large *balanced* meal, no issues.

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About 4 1/2 years ago, I lost 80 pounds, and then gained it all back. About 2 1/2 years ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS, and started taking Metformin. This time I lost 90 pounds and have managed to maintain that with minor fluctuations from time to time. (I still have 40 to 50 to go).

Ultimately, the metformin and the weight loss had an unforseen effect on my body. After 12 years of not being able to conceive with my ex-husband, I got accidentally pregnant!

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That's a really great attitude to have Waves! Thanks for sharing that story.

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For me, I think it has helped.

I did lose a little when I started met, about 20-25 pounds. I wasn't doing much exercise (though I should have), and it seemed like each day a pound had fallen off.

I'm on 1500 now (I started with 500 and worked up). So now I know another thing about these pills: they stink to all that is good, literally. I hate to even open the bottle. I take them at night, and by morning, I seem to smell like the pills! So I make that stink my motivation to take a walk or ride my bike before I shower - almost like if I move fast enough, the stink won't catch up with me, and what does I scrub off in the shower. Doing this also helps me drink more water during the day, starting with morning exercise. Unfortunately, I usually don't remember to document all this in Spark, but I figure, at least I moving.

I got diagnosed this past spring, and back then my knees, elbows, inner thighs, and ankles were dark black (and had been for as long as I could remember). As a kid I was told this was scarring - which is what it looked like from a distance - so I never even assumed I could get rid of it. I figured that, even if I lost all the weight I kept finding, I'd never wear a swimsuit in public or even shorts or capris. But now - thx to the met, probably - most of the darkness is gone. It gives me a little extra motivation, knowing that I look the same color from head to toe!

I don't seem to lose pounds without a whole lot of effort, but, I look in the mirror and see a bit of a shape being carved out of my blob. Before, if I lost weight, it just made me look like a smaller blob. There may be a curvy cutie buried somewhere in here (a little more motivation).

Plus, I've heard that met can damage your liver over time. So, I know I want to get off this, and the only way I could is if I get myself down to a much healthier weight.

I think it can help you lose weight, but it's probably more about unlocking the door to weightloss (since insulin resistance kept it locked) and motivation, than about walking you through the door to weightloss.

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Interesting comment about the Metformin and Wellbutrin. I've been on Wellbutrin for a while now, but I just started Met last week after recommendations from my endo. I hope to have the same effects....congrats! ;)

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I've discovered that like Pinkhilites, I end up going to the washroom more if I eat something fatty/greasy (since being on the Metformin).
I'm now up to 500mg twice a day and not having the nasty stomach issues that I was before. My weight is slowly and steadily going down which is great! It's not just the Metformin though, it is exercise and eating clean. The Metformin has definalely helped because when I was seeing a personal trainer before restarting the Metformin, I was not losing much weight and she actually has the nerve to accuse me of lying in my food journal and lying about exercising (she thought I wasn't). Then after going back on the Metformin, I am losing weight so I really think, for me anyways, that it helps.

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I can't say that taking it in and of itself has helped me lose weight, but I don't know for sure. I started taking it in January. It wasn't until I started Spark in March (adding exercise and really tracking my intake) when I started to lose some weight. Metformin has helped to an extent in regulating my periods, which is why I was put on it, but it didn't make them completely regular like they used to be (and now I'm pregnant, so I haven't had one for several months). I'm still taking the Metformin and tracking what I eat, and I'm actually still down about 10 pounds from what I weighed when I first got pregnant.

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YES IT WORKS!!! BUT YOU HAVE OT MAKE IT WORK!!!

I was put on it, 2x500mg a day, back in 05. I stopped gaining weight but never lost any. BUT I also wasnt eating right or exercising much. I weighed myself in October of 09 I noticed I was down 6 pounds. Thats around the time I was watching what I was eating. That November they changed it to 3x pills a day. I am now down 13 more pounds. I know that if I really watch what I eat and exercise I will drop more weight.

The side effects of them all depends on what you eat. I notice that when I eat fatty greasy foods I go to the bathroom more BUT I think its kinda healthy because Ive noticed that before I would only go to the bathroom every other day and now its everyday which is healthy.

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I have been on Metformin for years and go between 1000 to 2000mg a day. Sadly I am one of the ones it does nothing for my weight. I almost think it does nothing for me at all. I also take the birth control pill Yasmin. My endo said it helps with PCOS. I notice when I stop taking the BC pill I start losing weight. So maybe it's teh pill that keeps the weight on.

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I've been on met for years. This go around I'm on 850mg 3x/day. Anything less throws off my cycles and I gain weight (tried going to 2, nope). So I don't lose weight on this dose but I don't gain typically either. My dr added phentermine, my first wk weigh in was down 13lbs, which is great, but I know at some point my pcos is going to block my efforts and my meds will have to be adjusted again.

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I'm happy to report, that the nasty side effects of the Metformin seem to be subsiding substantually! YAY! I've worked up to 250mg twice a day. I'll try over the next few weeks to get it up to 500mg with each meal. Thanks ladies who either posted here or messaged me...you gave me hope to stick with it!

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So far, it is working for me. I have been on Metformin for 15 days and have lost 8 lbs. I am getting diarreah a lot and am nauseated regularly, but I think the health benefits outweigh the discomfort.

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hi ROBYNBRAD on you sparkpage you can configure, all the steps you may find here: www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_a
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And answering the question for this discussion, NO, saddly Metmorfin have not helped me on the weight loss, I guess it just works different for every person.

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Thanks for letting me know about your experience with Metformin. I started back on the Metformin a few days ago at a much reduced dose and the plan is to build up slowly! Thanks again, I was feeling so frustruated and your advice made me feel less like I was the only one who had problems with it, and you gave me hope to try it again and that the side effects (GI upset) will wane! : )

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Sorry, kind of off topic, but where does everyone get those neat little weight loss trackers you have at the bottom of your posts? Thanks

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I actually didn't have significant weight problems *until* I took metformin. I'd always been able to maintain a healthy weight and had about 8 periods a year. I took metformin and all of a sudden starting gaining weight like crazy with no other changes to account for it. Also, my periods stopped as soon as I started taking it and it took me 3.5 years until I managed to have another one. I only took it for 2 months, small dose (the intention was to work my way up, but it was never an option) and felt really weak, lethargic and just generally felt unwell and became jaundiced.

The clinical guidelines for taking metformin if you have PCOS are if you are insulin resistant and have a BMI over 35. If you have a BMI of less than 35 you should not take it. It's also *not* recommended during pregnancy for the prevention of gestational diabetes.

I suspect, from my own experience and that of others' who've shared on online forums, that I reacted badly because either:
1) I was one of the few who develop lactic acidosis from metformin
2) it was just an inappropriate drug, as I already ate a healthy diet, exercised regularly and was a normal weight. My BMI back then was probably in the low 20s.

It seems that the majority of people who react badly to metformin are of a healthy weight, eat well and exercise regularly. Those it helps, seem to be overweight and/or eat an unhealthy diet and/or don't get regular exercise.

For those who are seriously overweight metformin can be a useful tool to get the process started, but my understanding is that it should be discontinued as soon as the BMI has come below 35. A study a couple of years ago found that regular exercise and a low GI/GL diet were more effective than metformin anyway and without the nasty side effects.

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I also could NEVER lose weight until I started taking Metformin -- Making NO other changes I lost 20lbs the first year on MetFormin. Metformin gets your body to use insulin correctly. I also had bad GI problems with metformin -- Probably for about 3 months, then that dwindled. Now, 15 months on metformin, I have no trouble. I do, however always take it with meals (which is when you need it anyway, to motivate cell insulin utilization)

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Metformin does cause those GI symptoms in a good number of people but they usually go away. Many years ago when I started on metformin my doctor took 1 whole month to get me on a therapeutic dose of it. So each week we added a little more until I was at 1000mgs in the am and PM. Also during the first few months I always took it at meal times.

My Endo said that going slow was the key to Metformin. Also I notice if I skip doses I will sometimes have GI symptoms. So what I take from that is take my meds as ordered and don't miss doses.

All of us are different though and perhaps Metformin will never agree with you. I know that metformin helps me maintain my weight and has really helped with all the other symptoms of PCOS.


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I was on Metformin last year and dropped almost 20lbs in 2 months. That part was great, but it really really makes me feel sick to my stomach and gives me diarrhea the whole time I'm on it. Does/did anyone else have this problem? I'd be more inclined to go back on it if there were someone else who was able to tell me that either the bad stomach or the diarrhea goes away.

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10/21/10 11:52 A

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I am taking Metformin and Wellbutrin both and I am pretty sure that they have assisted me in losing the 75lbs that I have lost since the end of February / beginning of March. Yes, I am watching what I eat, eating smaller portions, eating more healthy foods and moving more but I tried all that before with no success. I don't know if it is the combination of the medications that is making the difference or not but I am so happy with what I have achieved so far.

It is a little daunting to think that I am only 1/2 way to my personal goal but I try not to think about that.

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10/20/10 4:41 A

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When I went off it years ago, I had reached my ideal weight and was not having symptoms of PCOS anymore. A year after going off it, I had my hormones rechecked and they were still good. In fact, despite being told when I was 17 that I would need fertility drugs to get pregnant someday, I got pregnant the first month I tried because the metformin and weight loss had regulated my hormones. This was 5-6 years after going off metformin. I am back dealing with the PCOS because of the 80 lbs I've put on over the last 4 years, having 2 children (both almost 10 lbs)and 2 c-sections.

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The only way I will get off met in general is if it stops working for me that or my body starts rejecting it totally then my endo will be forced to take me off of it and I'll just be one more insulin dependent diabetic that met doesn't work on.

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I am wondering, when do you get OFF metformin? What is criteria so you know when you don't need it ( or need as much of it) as you use to? I hate taking meds that I don't truly need and am hoping to reduce the amount I take eventually. I don't have an appointment to see the doc until next june and I would love to start taking less of this as soon as I can... What have others done? How did you get off of it the first time?

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I took it years ago and it really helped me lose weight. I lost 60-70 then. I kept the weight off for 6 years when I got pregnant with my first child. I put on 70 lbs with that pregnancy and only lost 15 of those lbs before becoming pregnant with my second child. I gained 36 with him. After he was born I lost most of it, but then gained all but 6 bls back. I now weight about 80 lbs more than when I got pregnant in 2006. I just went back on metformin last week and am hoping to have the same results I had years ago.

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10/15/10 1:05 A

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I've been on Metformin for a little over a year. I had trouble losing prior to metformin unless I did something extreme, like the induction phase of adkins, then I'd gain everything I lost while in diet mode (most I could go was about 3 weeks) with in 2-3 months. I was eating 1400-1800 calories per day and I would gain.

Now, on metforin I lose weight eating at these calorie levels...just like a normal person! DOING NOTHING DIFFERENT I lost 20lbs the first year. This year, I started SP in August, and i've been losing about 5lb/month -- No speed records, but it IS coming off. I keep a food diary that you're welcome to look at to see what I eat. I calorie cycle, so about 2-3 lower calorie days/week and 4 higher calorie days, one day hitting at or near 18oo-2K calories. I feel better when I cycle because my higher cal days usually correspond to my strength-training days. Its wonderful suddenly seeing your actions reflected in your outcomes!

I am hypoglycemic, PCOS and pre-diabetes, though last blood work showed my blood sugar at near normal levels. I have trouble eating sugar on metformin -- I get those sugar highs very easily now -- so I stay away from sweets and eat as much protein as I can -- no one else seems to have that problem, so it might be something else... I did have to take Metformin with food when I first started it, but now, it gives me no problems at all. Metformin doesn't help everyone, but it has been great for me.

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Been on met for 8 years now (and been put on insulin in the past 2.5 years as well so that's had en negative effect on my weight in general) and I can't say that its helped with the weight loss - yes I've lost weight but I also went though a period of my life that I lost a lot more the just the weight so the main chunk of weight loss is related to that (side effect if you will).

Best I've managed to get off on my own without assistance though eating and working out is about 10 pounds in 2.5 years but I've kept it off so can't complain (on top of the 130 that I had lost before that point).

I've been gaining and lousing the same 10 pounds for a good year now - I get close to the lower end and it goes back up only to go back down again but its life, just have to live with it and work that much harder.

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Thank you for your answer. It's good to know someone is helped by it. I hope to get some more answers too :)

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I'm diabetic so metformin won't help me loose weight I've learned, however my friend down the street isn't diabetic, just PCOS and she's lost 65 pounds and is skinny now. She goes to an endo

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I'd like to know the answer too.

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I was diagnosed with PCOS about four years ago. I started doing spark people last year, but after losing weight and gaining it back over and over again, I stopped trying for a little while. I have been able to lose up to twenty lbs however it takes FOREVER to lose and comes back in a matter of weeks. Frustrating.

Anyway, I was started on metformin about two months ago. I haven't even tried to get in shape yet because it made me so sick and exhausted I had no energy or desire to do so. Now, my body is finally adjusting and I am ready to try again.

My question to you is: has metformin helped you? If you have been successful in losing some weight and keeping it off, do you have any specific tricks or tips to offer a newbie? I'm so tired of being overweight.

Thanks :)

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