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Metformin makes me nauseous and have intestinal issues....this is my third round of trying it, and sticking to 500mg for a whole month before I try and up the dose. My doctor suggested taking at bedtime for me since then if I get nauseous, I might be sleeping, so I am trying that now.
I'm surprised you still have the symptoms on the extended release. When I switched from regular to ER, my side effects went away completely. I take 2000mg of the ER a day.
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I am only on 250 mg of Metformin daily which I take after dinner. The first few weeks were hell, I woke up with stomach aches and had really bad one's in the morning but it eventually got better. Eventually things leveled out for me and I was able to take it comfortably without any stomach issues once so ever. I have probably been on it since January 2013. It was prescribed to me last year but I was a full time student and worked full time with no spare time for stomach aches so I put it off till I graduated.
As long as I eat healthy, exercise and take it at the same time each day I don't have any stomach issues, I lose weight, it has reduced my PCOS symptoms and I have a normal period. Which is an amazing feeling let me tell you. It should get easier as your body adjusts, if it doesn't ask your doctor if you can lower the dosage or take longer before you up the dosage, it seems like a lot really fast.
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Hello WANDERLUSTROUS I have been on Metformin since November 2012. I started off on 500mg twice a day and did not have any side effects. In February my dose went up to 1000mg twice a day. I have side effects from that dose. I have been on the 1000mg for about three months now and I still have side effects but it's gotten better. I have also lost 16 pounds since I started taking the Metformin. The only problem I am having with the Metformin is that it hasn't helped to lower my insulin level at all.
I'm on Metformin HCL ER. My dose the first week was 500 mg. Today marks day one of week two, to be increased to 1000 mg. Next Thursday, the dose will be increased to 1500 mg.
I take it mid-meal at lunch, and I will soon take it mid-meal at dinner.
The side effects are killing me. You know what I'm talking about... It's really embarrassing at work! I'm afraid I may have to ask to work from home for a couple of days as I adjust to the increase in dose.
People say these side effects subside with time. Is it true?
I'm not going to stop taking it. I've struggled ridiculously hard and I cannot lose weight through meticulous diet, exercise and supplement taking. I've been working my butt of 5 years without results.
Please say that this gets easier, and that it works. I haven't lost any weight yet- even though you'd think I would have all things considered...
Edited by: WANDERLUSTROUS at: 5/9/2013 (11:52)
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