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1/17/13 9:31 P

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I've been on it for years. What you should expect is maybe some upset stomach. If that happens they can make the dosage "lighter" but it will still help :)

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pcos is a hard thing to deal with and it takes many tries to get your meds right with that said i was on metformin for about a year it did nothing for me except cause stomach issues but that passed after a couble of weeks also used clomid when i was ttc it did not work either come to find out i also had endometroisis really bad so had to have hysterectomy so now i have been trying to find natural supplements to help with my pcos because i still have my ovaries, i think i finally found the right thing it is really helping and especially with the unwanted hair it is called inositol

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10/11/12 1:50 P

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I've been on it for a month now (500 mg/day) but haven't really seen any changes or results perhaps because it's a low dosage. I went to my endo yesterday (after seeing one who didn't listen to my concerns and automatically put me on metformin) and he thinks I have PCOS due to my high testosterone, glucose, acne, weight gain, etc. I've been cutting my carbs, walking two to three miles four times a week and absolutely no change which is frustrating. He wants me to try 1000 mg/day which I'm starting today and will hopefully start to see some changes with that. I'm just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time :(

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I've been on metformin for the past six years but I was never all that good about taking it - I had the problems with diarrhea and gas that a lot of you others have talked about. Lately I've tried to be better about taking it and I've noticed that the problem symptoms go away (mostly) if I'm consistent with it, but if I miss a day or so I am in trouble.

One of the things that helped me the most was when my Mom was doing her Master's program she did an eighty-page paper on PCOS and had me edit it for me... a lot of the stuff she said went over my head because I am not a biomedical scientist like she is, but she answered a lot of my questions and really helped me see what the metformin was doing in my body. When I understood all the good things it was doing to regulate my hormones I found it a lot easier to take the stuff because I knew what was going on in my body and that it was helping me.

Also I find that carbs are less of a problem for me than fat - if I eat super fatty/oily/greasy foods I am in metformin hell, but if I keep the fat down I usually do pretty well. This is good news for me because I don't think I could ever do the low-carb thing and when they told me I would have to on metformin I cried. I tried it for like a month and I just couldn't take it any more. So now I have what carbs I want as long as they are whole and healthy and low-fat, and the metformin seems to be doing its job.

And I can't begin to tell you how nice it is not to be on my period for three or four weeks at a time!

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3/25/11 8:53 P

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I was recently diagnosed with PCOS after several years of wondering what was wrong with me and dealing with a really bad doctor who didn't know what he was doing. Two months ago after finding a new doctor who finally diagnosed me I was put on metformin. I went through the bathroom problems, the upset stomach and have even had the spontaneous vomiting (at school and rather embarrassing, might I add). Things seem to have evened out some and even though there are some instances of nausea and visiting the bathroom occasionally it is getting better. The first week I took the metformin I lost 15 lbs and then the weight loss stopped but I haven't gained it back, which is a good thing. The random facial hair growth has slowed down some and my menstrual cycle is finally normal for once. Hopefully it will get better the longer I take it. This post helped to explain the sickness and bathroom issues. Thanks!

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everyone is different, but for me, the medicine gives me really bad gas, yuck. emoticon

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I have just been put on Metformin too. I have been taking it for about a week now and have had no problems. I do get full easily and sweet stuff makes me feel sick but to me those are benefits because it helps me to lose weight. Since taking it I have lost 3 solid pounds but that could also be because I have been walking 2 miles ever couple of days. Anyway I am only taking 1 500mg in the morning and then in a week I will be taking 1 in the morning and 1 at night so my dose will be doubled.

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I just started on Wednesday and ve had some cramping, but not bad. My doctor has me only taking 500mg this week, then 1000 next week, and 1500 the week after that to build me up slow.

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2/2/10 12:00 P

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I was also put on Metformin for my PCOS. I experienced the tummy problems and they put me on the extended release and to no avail it was still happening. Since I have committed to losing weight and changing my lifestyle I am considering trying it again. I am on BC pills, but I am not having a normal period w/ those either. Matter of fact I am having my first period since November!!! I am wondering if I start taking the Metformin again, along w/ the BC if my periods will become more regular which will help w/ my loss weight? It's so frustruating trying to lose weight and not having a period for 3 mos makes it so much harder. I know you all know what I am talking about!! GRRR

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2/1/10 1:48 P

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I've been on metformin since around July '09. Some problems I've had (nausea and other tummy problems) I'm not sure if its the metformin, some other meds I'm on, or the combinations. I do find that after greasy meals, I make good friends with the restroom, but I wasn't sure if that was from this or my missing gallbladder...or both

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2/1/10 10:44 A

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I found that some foods would interact poorly. I would get sick when I ate high fat foods like Mexican food. I guess that isn't a big deal if you are watching your fat intake, but if you ever decide to splurge on a night out you might want be prepared that that could happen. Also, sometimes it would have a bad interaction with alcohol (especially tequila).
I also found that certain formulations reacted differently. If you are having problems with one generic brand ask your pharmacist if another generic brand is available.

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I was dx'd with PCOS this last summer - after having 3 months of bleeding straight in a row. It was awful. Anyway my Nurse Practitioner put me on glucophage and at first I stopped taking it due to the diarrhea (which was the only symptom I got )- but then at my next appointment she told me to stick with it. I take it at night right before I go to bed - otherwise I'd forget. I've been taking it steadily now for 4 months and my periods are becoming more regular. The diarrhea went away after the first month as well. Now that I am eating better and exercising I hope it will help me with losing weight too.


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12/18/09 9:14 P

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When I used to take it, I think I had 250 mg pills 2 x a day for two weeks and then 3 x a day. Eventually I worked my way up to 1500 mg using 500 mg pills. I did have digestive "issues". I was also taking Zetia for cholesterol.

My doctor gave me the extended release version and told me I could take all of it at night before I went to sleep so the worst of the nausea, if any, would occur while sleeping. I am a heavy sleeper.

I had cycles every 6 weeks or so and my weight went down about 10 lbs. I should have done more with lifestyle changes too.

Right now I am not on any meds but that will be changing, I suppose after I see the endocrinoligist I will be referred to soon.

I am not recommending that anyone change they way they take their meds on their own, but ask your doctor about taking extended release at night if nausea is a problem.

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12/14/09 8:44 A

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I have been taking Metformin for about a month, I havn't noticed any positive effects yet, hopefully soon. I need to make sure that I take it with food or else I will throw up. I'm at 2000 a day now

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I had that problem too! I also work at a hospital. Anyway, I started on 1,000 mg a day and it took about 2 weeks. I am supposed to move up slowly to 2,000 mg a day but every time I go from 1,000 to 1,500 the diarrhea is well...I would not be able to work. It seems to be the worst on the 3rd day. So my suggestion is to start as low as possible and move up slowly. Also, my doctor said to give the increases dose a chance for 2 weeks. If you are still having negative side-effects after 2 weeks then more than likely they would stick around. I understand it's hard to start Metformin when you're still living a life away from home.

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I have taking metformin for several years. Since I've been on the sparkpeople program I went from 2 tablets daily to now only having one. No side effects for me.

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8/26/09 10:10 A

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I had not seen any side effects since March 09, when I started with metaformin. I had lost several pounds and my periods also became regular. Let me see if it helps in my facial hair problems too...

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I only have nausea too but I was nauseous every morning before and all doctors did was testing if I am pregnant. I'm on 500mg 3x daily.

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8/8/09 8:13 P

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I am also just starting Metformin. I started it a couple of days ago at 500mg 2x daily. I was scared to even take the first pill considering all of the bad things I've heard about it. I literally put it off for 3 days before I "jumped" and took it. So far, I haven't had anything except for minor nausea the first 2 days.

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I have more facial hair now than when I started taking the medication. My cycles have been regular but like I said, if they become irregular, I'll know that the medication was actually helping that. Ugh, I don't know...now I'm thinking I should keep taking it. ARGH!

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wow, you're lucky! I wish it would have made me lose weight... and lessen my other symptoms - it only helped with the cylces.

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It's so weird to read this, because I have been on it for four years and love it. I have never once had a bad reaction and immediatly lost forty pounds. Now for those who figure you can lose weight regularly remember that is not what the medication is for, it's for the insulin ressisatnce. I get less facial hair and it hasn't solved my cycle issues but it sure has helped

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Oh I HEAR ya... regarding being tired of taking medicine... especially if you don't know if it's doing you any good or not. I feel like I had to start over here again in Germany - not only with the language and culture - but getting everything figured out with my PCOS situation - not that I can ever really get that FIGURED OUT... because if I could, I probably wouldn't be on here in the first place!

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I have been taking it for years. I stopped once before and then decided I'd restart it in case it WAS doing something for me that I was unaware of. I'm just so tired of taking medication period. I'm making an appointment with the dr. this week and I'll discuss it with her.

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Yeah, if I were you - I'd definitely talk to my doctor about it. Did you take it for long? Or only a couple weeks/months? I guess it worked pretty quickly for me. Even though it didn't make me feel great or something - physically - I was still excited for what it did for my cycle regulation. :-)

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I suppose now that I've stopped taking it, I may find out if and what it was helping. We'll see. I should probably talk to my doctor about it since I stopped taking it on my own.

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I didn't notice any DIRECT effects - physically - like how I felt - but it definitely helped me regulate... and I know this because of process of elimination.

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No negative side effects, but I didn't notice any benefits from it either. I quit taking it last week because I can't afford to keep taking meds that don't do anything.

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I took metformin for over a year, and I never had any negative side effects. As a matter-of-fact, I wasn't having my cycle for a long time, and my doctor put me on BC to get my cycle started... Only in combination with the metformin - did it get started, and even regulate! So it worked positively for me. The only problem is, now that I live in Germany, the endocrinologist took me off of everything and then I had problems... edema, migraine headaches again...
I was taking BC, Metformin, and spironolactone..
The spironolactone helped against edema and helped to balance hormones, and the metformin and BC with cycle reg.
I haven't had a cycle in over a year and the headaches came back. Since then I have been put back on BC - but it hasn't had any effects, other than taking the headaches away - which was good... but not enough! The doctors are aware of the cycle situation... drama... why fix something that isn't broken?! But from what I have heard - EVERYONE has different reactions to metformin - I guess the best thing is, is to have open communication with the doctors about how it makes you feel!

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Metformin makes me sick all day. I am always nauseated and have diareah all the time. I wouldn't suggest not to take it though b/c of how it affects others because a friend of mine takes it and she don't have any side effects. I wish I could hurry and lose some weight with this lol!

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Stick with it! I lost 32 pounds, but I never got sick, my doctor helped me with that in starting at 500 mg instead of a higher dose which may help you also! Good Luck

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wow, I am sorry most of you have had such a bad experience with Metformin, and some of you are making decisions on whether or not to take this drug because of what you have read here. I just wanted to say that this drug treats everyone differently and I have had serious success with it in losing 32 pounds in about 5 months. I hope that you all looking into taking metformin at least give it a try it may really help you. Everyone who didn't have success I wish you the best in finding what works for you, maybe there is something else out there for you. Good Luck Everyone!

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Don't feel bad Tired. I was on Metformin for well over a year, at one point taking 2000mg a day. It didn't help my PCOS one bit. I have been on Actos for the past 3 months and it has caused me to gain 10lbs. My OB/GYN has since decided that I need to see an Endocrinologist but don't see her until the end of July. I decided last week for myself to stop taking Actos and really try my darnest to lose weight. I am going to try not to get too discouraged. I have tried to lose weight in the past but never REALLY put forth the effort. I am hoping Spark will help!

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i've been on metformin for 6 months and it hasn't done a thing for me. I've had no side effects and it has not helped with my weight loss, in fact i've gained weight. I talked to my endo and he increased my dose once but refused to do it again, so now i'm stuck! Can't do anything to lose weight, no matter what i try!

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Ditto, AMYJ81! This post is an absolute Godsend. I went to my OB/GYN just this past Thursday to discuss my PCOS and this medication came up. I told her that right now I do not want to be on medication and I'd rather go the route of naturally losing weight.

I knew that you ladies would be able to tell me how it was being on metaformin. This will help me make an informed decision if I do have to resort to medication.

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Thanks to everyone who has shared information. I go to the doctor on June 13, and I may be put on this drug. It's nice to know what I am getting into.

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I have been on metformin for 6 weeks. I feel awful. I have the nausea and diarhhea that goes with it. Also, as of last week I had to start testing my blood sugar because of spells I have been having that my Family doctor says is from the metformin causing my blood sugar to drop. My endochronologist gave me no direction other than to take this medication and come back in 2 months. Now I am on here reading about carbs and fiber and I don't have a clue. I really feel lost. Because of the stress I actually feel worse than I did before I got my diagnosis. I feel like I was better off when I knew something was wrong but no one could figure out what it was.

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I'm in the same boat right there next to you. I know it sounds random, but make sure you keep up with your medical insurance because I'm having trouble getting insurance again because companies dont want to cover people who take metformin because it helps control blood sugar and if you're taking it, the insurance companies write you off as having diabetes as a preexisting condition (wether it's true or not.. and in my case it's not)
last time i took metformin i dropped about 15 lb in a month, i got back on it a month or two before i rejoined spark people, and after the first couple months, my body finally accepted that it was gonna be part of my life and quit throwing a fit. endurance my friend. it's a long road, but we can make it!
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Try taking it with protien, a small piece of lunch meat will do. The omg! Imma barf stage goes away.

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Ok, my doctor put me on Metformin but I only took it for three days because of the diarrhea. She still wants me to take it, but I work 12 hour shifts at the hospital and there are times I can't be running to the bathroom. So how long does it take for the diarrhea to disappear? And does it really help?

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I started Metformin a little over two months ago. At first I had to make sure that I ate regularly so that I didn't get nauseous but that did go away and I feel fine. I also take it at night so that may be why I have fewer issues. I went to the doctor's today and I had lost 10 lbs in the 2 months so she upped it to 2 pills a day. I was a little skeptical about taking it at first, I don't have diabetes and I have no risk factors other than my weight. But the doctor explained to me that there is an increased risk of obesity and diabetes from PCOS and that Met has been shown to help. At this point it has been 5 years of gaining weight and not shedding a pound, so I am pretty much willing to try anything.

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My doctor put me on metformin about 3 years. I tried taking it but it make me too nauseous and made me sick so I stopped taking it.

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I've been on Metformin and Effexor (mood swings)... for several years now. I had 500 MG 2X a day at first-but found that my blood sugar was an issue after the second dose... I was taking it too late in the day. So (on my own) I took myself down to 1 dose a day and was fine.. no side effects and as long as I exercised and ate right, was good. Lately I tried again to go to 2X a day and right away had problems-diarrhea and lack of energy-I stayed the course for about a month and then yesterday decided to stop the second dose again. Remarkably I have had more energy in the last too days and no more diarrhea... hmmm. I'm thinking the low dose is better.

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Metformin wasn't too bad for me in the beginning. I had the diarrea that everyone gets, but that went away pretty quick. As long as I don't eat too many carbs I'm usually fine.

My problem is that I think my dose is too high (1500mg daily) and sometimes my blood sugar gets too low and I feel like I'm going to pass out. This has happened a few times (only when I'm not eating enough, and I've been to the point where I couldn't move 2 times. I'm going to my doctor on Monday to see if he will lower my dose or if I can get some advice...but yeah, aside from that... which is my fault for not eating enough, its a really good medicine and will help you delay diabeties and heart disease. Good luck!

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I was on Metformin for a couple of months and had every single adverse reaction so my doc took me off and put me onto the pill. That seems to be working okay but I'm not too happy with the current pill so I'm talking to my doc about switching next month when I see her.

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I'm on Glucophage XR. I had nausea and diarrhea for a couple of months after starting, but they gradually got better during that time. I found through experimentation that I didn't get as sick if I a)kept my carbs low, b)kept my fiber high (higher, at least--I'm not a fan of vegetables), and c) took it one time a day, at the very end or after my largest evening meal. My theory is that my blood sugar needs to be higher when the met hits my system. Anyway, I'm fine now--the only time I have any trouble is when I eat a lot of carbs or too little fiber (yes, I'm bad, if I don't watch myself I'll go entire days without eating a vegetable).

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I am not currently on Metformin, my current doc does not think it is necessary. (Yes, I know. I am trying to find a different doc that I like as much as I like this one that WILL give me the Met.) But, when I was on it before, during the first week of taking it I had a weird metallic taste in my mouth. After about 5 days, it went away and that's when the diarrhea started. I quickly learned not to eat too much fat or too many carbs because that made it worse for me. After a couple of months of awful diarrhea, it finally tapered off and mostly went away (as long as I was careful with what I ate). Then, good things started to happen. The carb cravings went away. My beard and sideburns started to thin out, the dark patches of skin got lighter, and amazingly, I dropped 20+ pounds of weight without exercising more or changing my eating habits. I also had so much more energy. If you can stand the side effects long enough for them to go away, it really does help.

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i've been on Met since start of 2004, and haven't gone a single day without a reaction to it, thus am now on insulin because of my bodyies in tolerance towards met ... I am still taking 2,000 mg of the stuff with the insulin, but I do not like being chained to the wc every evening for up to 4 hours its anoying to say the least and means I cant go out less I choose not to take the meds what so ever that day.

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Hey Everyone
I am starting Metformin again for the third time. When I was diagnosed back in 2003-04, My Dr., prescribed Metformin.. I tried it. It made me sick, I was nauseous every morning. The last straw is when I vomited all over myself on my way to work. I think I only took it for 2, maybe 3 weeks. Then I went back to my dr. (3 years later- I was in denial about his DREADFUL condition). He prescribed it to me again this time with a slow release. It didn't make me sick, but I stopped taking it because I wanted to find an alternative to conquering this thing (I'm not big on taking pharmaceuticals). Anyway, my current OB had a serious heart to heart with me... She laid into into me..So here I am again, taking Metformin. I was just wondering If anyone could share some of their experiences good/bad.. I want to know what to expect.

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