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7/17/07 5:17 P

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I just stopped taking Metformin again, I had only restarted it the prior week and the side effects reminded me why I had stopped taking it.
My doc prescribed it for the insulin resistance.


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7/17/07 1:08 P

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This is a really interesting post, because I've been considering restarting lately, I tried Met a few years ago, to no avail, and a lot of side effects, I think because I wasn't changing my diet. I have a few questions though, how much does it aid in getting pregnant? I don't want to get pregnant and am on BC for endo etc. and I don't want to increase my chances bc we aren't ready for kids! Also, what eating plans are you all following, and do certain eating plans help Met work? My doc suggested South Beach and thats been working, I'm just wondering if people are being successful on South Beach plus Met, because sometimes my weight loss goes so slow compared to my eating and exercise habits.

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7/12/07 2:39 A

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Oh, that is interesting to know about the Met vs. XR version. Keep us posted on that!

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I've heard the same thing from my doc (well-known reproductive endocrinologist) about the regular version of Met. Trouble is, the side effects are better with the XR and ER versions.

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7/10/07 2:52 P

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I was diagnosed by my OBGYN and he did do a battery of tests in order to come about with the diagnosis. He prescribes my Metformin for the PCOS and actually attends conferences and such to stay as much on top of PCOS and other fertility and OBGYN related things. Recently he attended a confrence and was told that the regular version of Metformin works better at treating PCOS than the XR or ER version and switched my med because of that. I have to say that I agree with the switch and things are even better for me symptom wise with the regular version that the XR or ER version. Just a side note.

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7/10/07 10:15 A

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I do drink a lot of water with met. The met started off good but it seemed to stall. The side effects are not that bad, except on an occasion. I have to go back to my doctor in August, so I sure then he will increase my dosage. I plan to give it some more time before I make any decisions on how good it is doing.

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7/9/07 7:53 P

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I just recently restarted Met and I swear that it has made a difference in trying to lose weight. Then again I also have the lovely (gastric) side effects from it which also might have aided in the weightloss. I am taking the XR (extended release) formula 2000mg (2 pills once a day at dinner). I started out with one pill a day and increased to two after the first week. I didn't notice anything my first week, but once I started the 2nd pill the effects hit me right away. I knew what to expect since I had been on Met before when trying to conceive (and through the first trimester of my first pregnancy). But then I was breastfeeding and Met isn't recommended while breastfeeding, so I stopped, became pregnant again (a shock after going through 2+ years of infertility treatment the first time) and so didn't take it then or while I was breastfeeding my second. Then I kind of just "gave up" and ballooned up at the same time.

Now I'm serious about getting healthier again, so I'm back on Met. My Endo said that he wasn't sure if it was going to help me since my fasting glucose and 2 hour glucose test actually came back fine! Still he prescribed it and said I could try it. I personally think it's helping.

As for PCOS testing, there is a lot of information out on the net about that. For me, the main thing was a blood test testing both LH and FSH levels. If they are not equal, it is indicative of PCOS.

For me personally, I started ballooning up after I stopped taking BCP and started trying to get pg after marriage. I had always struggled with my weight but never hit the numbers on the scale that I'm hitting now. Bah. I also have a blood clotting disorder so I can't take BCP now. :-(

Definitely get a 2nd opinion or get yourself to a reproductive Endocrinologist or to an endocrinologist who understand and treats women with PCOS.

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7/9/07 5:03 P

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Thanks, Schnoogles. Your reply was very helpful.

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Hi Phurst,

It depends on your doctor. A good endocrinologist who specializes in PCOS treatment (usually found at major university research hospitals) will run a battery of tests to rule out other conditions like Cushing's syndrome, Addison's disease, thyroid diseases, etc. If nothing more serious is detected and the patient displays a pattern of symptoms consistent with PCOS, then they will diagnose it and begin a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the patient's symptoms.

Unfortunately, this type of diagnosis and testing is still rare. It's more common for someone to be diagnosed by a general practitioner or an OB/GYN, usually when the person either complains of irregular periods or an inability to become pregnant. Often this type of diagnosis involves no testing to screen for other conditions. Treatment is usually throwing a scrip for BC pills if irregular periods are the problem, or maybe a referral to a fertility specialist if difficulty getting pregnant is a bigger concern. Some GPs and OB/GYNs are now starting to prescribe Metformin to PCOS patients; but again, not always with a full battery of testing to rule anything else out.

At least this has been my experience - anyone else with a different perspective is welcome to chime in.

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7/9/07 8:42 A

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Happy Monday.

Can any of you tell me how PCOS is confirmed; like, is there a lab test, or what?

Thanks!

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Jen, do you drink a lot of water with the met? When you are on met you have to make sure you drink a lot of water. I wasn't noticing any difference when I started either and then I started drinking more water and now I am having luck. I have lost a few pounds since starting met. As far as the side effects are concerned, there are some that have been on it for a few years and still get a little effect from it from time to time.

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7/8/07 10:04 P

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I have been taking Met for a month now, I still have some of the stomach problems. So, my question is how long does the side effect last.
I also was wondering if this medication is suspose to help you lose weight. My doctor mentioned that it would but I have not seen any difference. In fact I have put on a little weight and I seem to stay bloated a lot.
I am currently taking 500 mg twice a day. I have to take the medication with food or milk. If anyone could give me a little information I would greatly appreciated it.

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I did think about that but this dr that put me on it is now saying I don't have PCOS and he just put me on it because I asked him to because the dr I had a couple of years ago in another state had me on it for my PCOS. This new dr has flat out said that I don't have PCOS but he hasn't even paid attention to my history or my family history. When I saw him a couple of weeks ago he didn't even ask how I was doing with the met and never called to tell me what my b/w results were a couple of months ago. When I saw him a couple of weeks ago I asked him about them and he said "Did I order them?" Then he dug through my file just barely glanced at them and said everything was normal and I just needed to lose weight and all of my problems would go away!!! emoticon That is why I am trying to find an endo to go to because I believe they will be able to help me more. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that I had all of this b/w done after he gave me a script for met but before he wanted me to start taking it! Time for a new dr? emoticon

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I just wanted to mention that if the DR said to take it 3 times a day in 500 mg doses that it was for a reason - That is the same dose and dosing that I am on as well. He explained it to me that in taking it with each meal it helps keep my insulin and blood glucose levels on a more even level and that if I took it only once or even twice a day but at a higher dose to make up the difference that it wouldn't have the same effect. Just thought I would mention that to you.

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My dr told me to take 500mg three times daily but since I am trying to increase my cinnamon I take 1000mg with dinner and 500mg with breakfast along with 500mg of cinnamon with breakfast. I plan on getting up to taking 1000mg of cinnamon with lunch as well but haven't gotten that far yet. I didn't have any side effects from the met until I did my final increase to make 1500mg per day. Since then I have noticed that when I take my evening dose that I get very nauseous. I have noticed that if I take it about half way through my meal and with some milk that I feel a lot better. The first time I was on met a couple of years ago I had an awful time with stomach cramping and diarrhea but I think that is because my dr started me on 1000mg which he said was a low dose! emoticon

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The most common side effect people seem to suffer is mild stomach cramps and/or diarrhea when they first start to take it.

There is a more serious side effect called lactic acidosis, but it is rare. Your prescription information should give you more details.

There's a lot of information about Met on Webmd and about.com.

I've been on (and off) Met since 2000. The only side effects I've had are the stomach cramping/ diarrhea and pregnancy (LOL!). I've learned to take Met with food or at least a glass of milk, and that has helped me. You might have to adjust your food intake differently to work with your own body's needs.

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7/6/07 10:36 A

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Thanks! I need to learn more about Met. Are there any bad side effects from taking this med?

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I take 500 mg of Metformin 3 times a day. I would say to talk to the DR about the dosage they want you on. Metformin is used to treat the IR and as a "side effect" getting that under control can help adjust your hormones allowing women to be able to concieve. IR actually causes a whole metabolic cascade!

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I am taking it to help regulate my BS levels and help my body with the whole insulin resistance problem. I am not trying to get pregnant, but when I was TTC my son it was the only thing, including fertility drugs, that helped me.

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7/6/07 10:09 A

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Thanks for the reply. Doc told me it was used by women with PCOS to aid in their getting pregnant. I wonder how many PCOS'ers take Met just for the insulin resistance? Also wondering if the insulin resistance is a cause for weight gain/obesity?

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7/6/07 12:04 A

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I take it for the insulin resistance; it helps the cells in your body be able to absorb the nutrients that the insulin helps to break down. The cells in your body has receptors on them and with Insulin resistance it means that my cells receptors do not function properly, with the medication they work better and I am able to absorb the nutrients.
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Are you taking this drug to aid you in getting pregnant or just to help with the PCOS?

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I am like butterflyliz i take it twice aday at 500mg.
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Check with your doc. I am on 1,000 mg/day and I take 1 pill (500 mg) in the AM and one in the PM.

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I have decided to restart taking Met and I can't remember if I am supposed to take in in the am or pm? Any suggestions?

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