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Fitness Minutes: (3,607) Posts: 296 8/3/07 1:14 A
Definitely take it as prescribed. I understand your issue with forgetting to take your medication. The ONE medicine I'm on that I need to take twice a day (and the 2nd dose is at around 3:00 pm -- a bad time for me to remember to take medicine), is the one I usually forget to take. Bah.
Good luck with the metformin. I really believe that it DOES help me. It's not a miracle drug, but it definitely helps what I'm doing RIGHT show up on the scale. Before Metformin I'd be doing the same things and the scale wouldn't budge. It's still slow going, but at least so far it's moving in the right direction.
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SW: 188 GW by 5/18/11 - 163
Pounds lost: 44.0
Posts: 833 8/2/07 2:30 P
Definitely follow your doctors orders:
Since it helps with the digestion process I think its important to take it separately and to take at the same time(s) every day. Right now I'm taking after lunch on a full stomach with a decent amount of water. Last time I was on it, I took it haphazardly and I got Bad sideeffects. So far so good for me, but then again, its day 2.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 3 8/2/07 8:03 A
Ok my doc prescribed met for me in May and I haven't really been taking it simply because I don't remember to take it. I'm one of those people that if I feel healthy I don't take medicine. My downfall I know. I was wondering she has me taking one pill twice a day. Does anyone know if this is a medicine that I could take all at once. So take 2 pills once a day?
Posts: 833 7/31/07 10:27 P
My doc. just prescribed met for me for the first time in three years, I had bad side effects last time, but I wasn't being careful about when I was taking it, and I wasn't being good with my diet. I really hope it helps me this time! Which works better, taking it with lunch or dinner?
The first month I was on Met, I lost 20 pounds without changing anything else. Once I started watching what I ate and exercising, I lost a total of 80 pounds. I unfortunately have put on 20 again but wasn't exercising or watching my diet. I am at 2000 mg a day, back to exercising and watching my diet so hopefully those 20 pounds will come off again.
Fitness Minutes: (550) Posts: 26 7/27/07 8:04 P
In the past everytime I dieted I would lose a few pounds and then gain it back plus 5 to 10 more. And that was when I was still on the diet and exercise regime! Since I have started using Metformin I feel like my diet is actually working. I'm fortunate that I do not have some of the side effects that others have had. Good luck!
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Posts: 1,983 7/27/07 6:03 P
It did at first. But not now.....
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Pounds lost: 5.2
Posts: 977 7/19/07 1:25 P
If you havent noticed any changes within 2 months (besides weight loss too), your doseage is probably not high enough for your body. I suggest going back to your doctor and asking for an increase. Also, some do better on Metformin ER version.
Typical therapeutic dosing is 1500mg to 2000mg. The average PCOSer is on 2000mg per day.
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Posts: 300 7/18/07 7:01 P
I have been on met for about a month and a half. I have not seen any changes with my weight. I actually think that I was doing better before I started taking met. I know that it took me two weeks or more to lose 1 lbs. I know that the side effects are real bad. I go back to my doctor in August and I hope that he will either take me off of it or let me know how long it takes before it makes some kind of difference or the side effects stop.
current weight: 213.2
Posts: 35 7/3/07 8:22 P
When first diognosed 3 years ago i was put on met at 1000mg per day. with exercise and right eating i lost about 30kg (approx 65lbs) in 4 months a huge weight loss. I then stopped my meds and slowely got out of being healthy and put it all back on over a period of about 3 years. 3 months ago i decided to get healthy again, so i am following the same rotuine with food and exercise and in 3 months i have only lost 13kg (approx 30lbs), now with the calorie restriction and the exercise it should be more than that, so i went back to my doc yesterday and am going back on the met as of today starting at 1000mg, so it will be intresting to see how much of a diff it does make. I am not intrested in a magic pill, i just want my body to be able to reflex the hard work i put in each month. And for it to be able to utilize the food i do give it properly. Have a good day all, will let you know how it goes Rebecker
current weight: 373.0
Posts: 14 6/22/07 2:53 P
After messing around with metformin for a few years now I've kind of determined that as long as I don't expect it to help me lose weight, it works fine for me. If I expect it to be yet another magic pill, it doesn't work, I get frustrated, and don't even watch my diet. But using it as it's intended, to stabilize my insulin levels and nothing more, it works quite well. Too bad there aren't any magic pills!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 52 6/22/07 3:20 A
Metformin helped me lose weight before. I feel like after losing the first 15 lbs, my weight loss has stalled out. I plan to go see my ob[gyn soon and ask for a prescription and see if that helps me again. I never was on higher than 1000 mg a day. It's worth a shot!
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current weight: 182.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,956) Posts: 9,096 6/21/07 3:16 P
Not sure if my weight loss has anything to do with the Metformin or not... I have been on it and off of it while on this journey. I prefer being on it though as it allows me to have a normal cycle and not just bleed and bleed and bleed with no end in sight. I take 1,500 mg a day - when I remember all 3 pills about 1/2 of the time it is only 1,000 mg a day. I can say that losing the weight has really improved my health though. My liver enzymes are now normal and before were elevated - I also have a family history of these enzymes being elevated so that is a real big deal to my DR. In general I feel a lot better, am a lot more energetic and feel better about myself. I still have a ways to go until I meet my goal and although the going is rougher with losing I think that the benefits and such are well worth the effort.
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Pounds lost: 20.0
Posts: 331 6/20/07 9:23 P
I took metformin for about six months shortly after I was diagnosed with PCOS. I gained weight while I was on it. I guess everyone responds to it differently. It's not going to take the place of good old-fashioned diet and exercise.
Pounds lost: 109.5
Posts: 13 6/20/07 10:59 A
I've been on met for about 2 years now (1k mg) and I haven't lost any weight as a result of being on it.
I was following a diabetic diet even tho I am not IR or anything, and I was dropping about 10 lbs a month just doing that and walking between 1-3 miles a day. But that had nothing to do with the met.
The docs said that it would help me drop weight... still waiting. lol.
Posts: 17 6/11/07 12:30 P
I have been on met since the beginning of May and do believe that it is the reason that I have been able to lose weight. As CHRISANDHEATHER said, it has helped my exercise actually make a difference. Before I was diagnosed and on met I would workout out 3-4 times a week for 60mins and never really noticed anything except some toning, no weight loss. My regular eating habits haven't changed dramatically except that I'm more diligent with how many calories I eat. I kept track of my food for about two weeks not following any kind of plan and found that I was only eat about 800 calories a day and the proportions were very off in terms of carbs/protein/fat ratios.
In the past it was always very difficult for me to lose weight, even if I was working out and following a diet plan like Weight Watchers for example. The met has made my body use food differently and I think it is assisting dramatically in my current weight loss.
Posts: 3,045 5/24/07 3:30 P
The first time I was on met, I did lose weight. I lost about 75 lbs. Then I had problems getting back to my doc due to business travel (and his extremely limited office hours), and he took me off until I could see him again. I gained 45-50 lbs back.
When I went back on, I lost a little weight, and then became pregnant. That put on another 30 lbs. I lost 20 of those right after my daughter was born, but then I had PPD and possibly a thyroid problem - and gained 10 of them back. Then I was on anti-depressants for the PPD, and put on another 12. HIGHER than when I was 9 months pg! Ouch!
I'm still on Met, and I do think it's helping me. It's slow, but it's coming off. I'm also learning to not blame PCOS, or possible thyroid problems, or PPD. Those conditions are indeed making it harder to lose the weight, but they're not the only problem.
The condition of putting too much food in my mouth and sitting on my tush IS THE REAL PROBLEM. No more excuses for me!
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current weight: 284.8
Fitness Minutes: (135,153) Posts: 14,761 5/23/07 6:16 P
I hear so many people say that met helped them get the weight off i've been on the stuff for over 3 years now at the same dose of 1,000 mg (500 morning and 500 evening) and its not helped me get the weight off what so ever.
I have about 50 pounds to get off for my goal (yes my goal is not below 200, since thats impossible when I have over 200 pounds worth of muscle to start with).
Cals Burned for 6 years = 2,359,000 6 years Deficit Total = 1,729,800 Should have lost: 250 to 495 pounds Actual loss = 139 lbs and 50 inches from core
Pounds lost: 51.1
Posts: 11 5/23/07 4:15 P
My endo said that the more overweight you are, the more likely you are to see weight loss as one of the effects of met. She said its still doing its work (controlling the IR of the cells), but that the weight loss would be slower and less for someone who is not really overweight to start with. I started out taking it when i was about 30lb over what I wanted to be, and i don't really know if the met or my dieting has helped, but she said not to expect much, or to expect it to be slow. So, as with everything else with PCOS, i think everyone is probably different in how their body responds.
Also, i can't remember how long you've been on it (the screen isn't showing me all the posts, just the last one before mine), but I've been told it can take about 6 months for it to really get everything regulated.
Oh, and Luvhummingbirds - i too am only on 1,000 mg for now, and i've heard that 1,500 is the typical therapudic dosage, but again, i guess everyone is different. :) I figured my endo would up it at my next visit, but who knows - i see a lot of people only on 1,000.
Fitness Minutes: (34,080) Posts: 3,041 5/23/07 11:45 A
The first time I was on Met a few years ago I lost a quick 20 lbs due to the side affect. I was thrilled when another dr pulled me off it. (Turns out that probably wasn't the best thing seeing as the one that put me on it did it for the PCOS and the one that pulled me off it did it cuz he didn't think my blood sugar was high enough to warrent it's use) I wasn't all that thrilled when my new DR put me back on it. But this time I had no trouble at all. I take my pill mid meal and am OK. I did loose weight at first but now have stabled out and am holding steady. I am only on 1000mg a day, and have heard that isn't a high enough dose but I'm not TOC so mine is just to controll the IR. I need to go back to the doc and get another A1C and see how my blood sugar has been doing for the last few months.
Most people will loose on Met but everyone is different. I think some of it has to do with what you are eating. I do a lower carb/diabetic diet that the nutritionist has me on that seems to be working pretty well for me. I think I need to get back with her a tweek things a bit and see if I can start loosing more again.
Pounds lost: 103.0
Posts: 1,106 5/23/07 10:57 A
Met assists with insulin resistance and promotes ovulation. The stomach upset that may come with it can assist with losing weight and breaking down the IR can assist with weight loss. Some people seem to lose while others don't. For me, the Met allowed my diet and exercise to make a difference rather than acting like a diet drug. But everyone is different...good luck!
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Posts: 1 5/23/07 10:25 A
OK, so i am new to the boards. HI!!! I have been on 2000mg of Metformin for about a month. I feel a little better.But the reason my doc put me on it, was because of my dramatic weight gain. 55 pounds since Octt 06. I have PCOS. Any help ideas. i am all open ears
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