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12/30/08 3:16 P

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Have you heard of disulfiram? I think it's brand name is Antabuse. It's used as a tool to help alcoholics stop drinking by making them very sick if they drink any alcohol.

I've heard that metformin works in a similar way with bad foods - greasy foods and simple carbs will cause the worst side effects.

I had never heard of dairy causing problems. It would make a lot of sense! I was sooooo sick last time I was on met! It was constant! I was avoiding processed foods and greasy foods, but I didn't cut out all processed carbs and my dairy intake was unchanged. And I consume a lot of dairy... I'm from Wisconsin! :)

Thanks for the heads up, I'm supposed to be going back onto met next month and I was nervous. This has given me some hope! Thanks!

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6/19/08 1:14 P

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FRANKLIN613- I think you're onto something there. I didn't have much of a problem with side affects to begin with once I had started taking met, but I wasn't eating a lot of the stuff you mentioned either. I'd only got sick when I ate bread, something with more sugar than I should have had, etc. Recently I started trying NO BREADS & lower sugars(less sweet fruits & more grapefruit/apples/some berries) & I've seen a significant difference(less feeling blah, less headaches, less upset stomachs, etc.)

So, that might be something for us ladies to try for a week or two(or at least cut back on the stuff) & see if that might help. :o) Best of luck to everyone! Take care!






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6/18/08 12:59 P

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That is interesting. I personally do not have the adverse side effects so many others mention. However, I eat very little dairy, no sugar, no processed foods, as low as possible with the gluten. Perhaps that is why I'm lucky not to have a problem with Met. Thanks, hopefully this news will help others. emoticon

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6/18/08 12:33 P

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to all of you ladies who complain of intestinal issues you should see how much dairy you are consuming. i go to a doctor who believes in a more holistic approach to PCOS and he had me cut cows dairy and gluten out of my diet on top of white sugar and processed foods. he says these foods are not only bad for hormone levels and blood sugar but are the cause of the side effects in Metformin. I have only been on it a few days but i don't notice any side effects except that i am really warm.

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6/18/08 8:21 A

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Sounds like it might have been a little hypoglycemic episode, I think that is the correct word for low sugar. My Doctor had explained this possibility when he increased my dose. I have not had this happen, however I take 500mg with breakfast and again with dinner. Don't go by me for diagnosis though..lol, (i'm a hairstylist..not a physician). I would mention it to your Doctor if it continues. Good luck.

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6/17/08 11:01 P

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Hi Everyone! I was on Met and I lost 25 lbs or so and started getting my periods regularly and then I quit taking it. Then I gained the weight back and the periods went too. I'm back on and sometimes I skip a dosage or so but I'm trying to get back on it regularly. I've lost almost 30 lbs and got a period last month. So I'm pretty happy about that. My question is I really messed up and took both of my dosages at once with dinner and a few hours later I felt really weird like I was drunk or something. Could this be b/c my sugar went down? I though it was so I had something with sugar/carbs and I started to feel better. My gma has diabetes and sometimes when they give her insulin she feels funky without having a snack... Just curious if anyone else has had this type of symptom.



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6/10/08 2:16 P

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not me.

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6/10/08 2:10 P

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Hey Everyone,
I just started taking Met. again. 500mg 2x day. The only problem I've had is gas. Which I am actually grateful for after reading some other posts. I just wanted to ask if anyone has noticed that they are peeing more. With-in just a week I've noticed that I'm not so bloated and my stomach has seemed to smooth out already. I haven't changed anything in my diet and I have been exercising less. Could this be from the Metformin?



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6/4/08 10:18 A

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I'm glad it's working out better for you!

I finally had to switch something up with mine. I started out at half a pill twice a day (total 1000mg), that made me sick, etc. for about a week, but then my body adjusted.

Then I upped it to 1 pill twice a day (2000 mg total), and my body adjusted within about 4 days to the night dosage, but after a week, I still feel extremely naseous for most of the late morning, early afternoon.

I don't know if its because I don't eat enough in the morning, or what, but I finally asked my Doctor if I could take a half a pill in the morning and a half at lunch, and she said that was fine.

Hopefully that will help!

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6/4/08 7:46 A

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Michlow, i did take the Met last night. Little yucky taste in my mouth this morning..so far so good though..:o) (my clients should be grateful)

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6/3/08 10:18 P

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I'm sure your clients hope so too! emoticon

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6/3/08 9:07 P

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Thanks Michlow, I'll take the extra dose tonight..I was hoping someone would tell me that. :o) ( i hope i'm not farting all day doing hair tomorrow) lol

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6/3/08 4:26 P

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I have been on the extended release and other than the first couple of days where running was definitely happening I have been ok. I take my pills right before bed because I get nausea with taking any type of pills. Maybe this could help?


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6/3/08 3:20 P

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Stygrl - It might take a week or so for you to get used to the higher dosage.

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6/3/08 2:37 P

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I've been on 500 mg in the morning since feb. Now, I supposed to take another with dinner. I don't have a problem at all with the morning dose. I took the dinner dose once.. and got the nasty taste all the next day..gassy..bloaty, and general yuckiness. i havn't tried it again. Maybe tomorrow.

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6/2/08 7:53 P

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How long have you been taking it Traci?

I started out on a half pill twice a day. I was nauseous, bloated, bad gas pains etc. for about 6 days. I felt better on the 7th day, just in time for me to go to the higher dosage of 2 pills (total 2000 mg) a day.

So I have gone through the whole icky side effects again. Today is the 5th day, so I am really really hoping that by the 7th day I will be feeling better again!

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5/31/08 9:43 A

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Uhhh dreaded systems are killing me. I'm super naseaus all the time, burpin constantly, and yes running to the bathroom. I was going to check on exteded release but if that doesn't fix these problems I'll need to figure something else out.

Any suggestions?

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5/30/08 11:58 A

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I've been on metformin almost 2 months now, I've not experienced too many of the dreaded symptoms I hear most people talk about (thankfully!).

As for sugar cravings... I have them too, but I think its because of insulin resistance & maybe you're sugar levels are out of balance or something. What I've been doing is mixing dried cranberries (similar to raisins) with unsalted almonds or peanuts (whatever you prefer) and snacking on that like its trail mix.

Try to fit your daily fruit in your diet during times when you're having a sugar craving, and see if that helps... I know it helps me.






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5/28/08 10:53 P

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I definitely think I'm going to ask about it. I had just moved to London, and you're right it could've been a million things- stress, new environment, different food. Thanks for the perspective!

I remember the gas issue, but it definitely helped me keep on track because I was much more careful about what I ate because of it. And it got better after the first few weeks. So I guess hang in there!

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5/27/08 12:05 P

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I just started on Metformin last Thursday. Because I have the stomach flu earlier in the week, and I got my period the day after I started taking it, I am having a really difficult time differentiating what symtoms are from what!

Ultimately, I think that the Metformin caused ones are really bad gas/boating. (My stomach fills up so much that I feel full all the time, which I guess has its perks, because it has drastic reduced my eating, as I feel done before I even start) and additional digestive issues.

Right now I am thinking...I hope its worth it!

EmmyC313 - Hives can be caused by any manner of things, meds, food allergies, stress, temperature changes (something hot or cold on your skin), plants, animals and chemicals in cleansers/detergents.

Depending on how bad the reaction was, it might be worth the risk to try again. (sometimes when your body recognizes something as an allergen, it tends to react more harshly every time it comes into contact with it, which brings the eventual potentential for anaphylactic shock)



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5/22/08 10:45 P

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Hey there, I tried Metformin and I think it did help, but I got hives. Has that happened to anyone else? I'm not sure if it was an allergic reaction or if it was because I was stupid and drank too much a few days before that happened. I'm kind of hoping its the latter so I can go back on it.

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4/28/08 11:20 A

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i hate met!! I've been on it sence 2004. Well off and on. I've had the gas and the running. Cure for the run to the bathroom,Immodium! Works like a charm!As far as the gas.....no idea. My husband tries to make me take beano like thats really gonna cure the gas....i dont think so.

At this point i just crack up like all hell when the gas gets going...Only when i'm at home. My husband just glares at me when i let one go. ( mind you he can't has a iliostomy ) It honestly could be worse. It could always be something else.

And emoticon everyone on your weight loss!

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4/23/08 8:41 A

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Hi Jenn, judging from your weight loss you've got something figured out..WAY TO GO!!!!

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4/23/08 8:18 A

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Personally, I'm on the extended release version of Metformin (have been since February 2nd) and the stomach pains and cramps have never gotten better. I still run to the bathroom a couple of times a day, but I suppose it just isn't so bad for me that I can't deal with it.

I'm still fussing around with my diet to figure out how to fix it, but I'll get there eventually!

 
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4/21/08 1:09 P

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Another member (sorry, I can't remember who...I just read the thread earlier today and can't find it again) said that she has been taking the Extended Release formula of Met and hasn't had any of the intestinal/stomach problems since starting the ER version. You might ask your doc about it.

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4/20/08 8:05 A

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I couldn't really pin point a time that I began to feel as though they were working,( but they do work...for me). I do know it certainly wasn't right away. I would venture a guess and say 5 to 6 weeks in?? Sorry, just not sure. I do know my "gassy" reaction to them was gone in just a few days..I was lucky not to be "running". Yes..you definitely do have to stay on a "special" diet. The IR diet works well, but stay away from sugar and white flour as a rule of thumb.The MEt only helps with "things" ..YOU still have to do the work. Best of luck, Chris

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4/20/08 5:25 A

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Hi

Thanks for your advice, have been on the tablets for about 4 days, and as you expect running to the toilet, really bad wind and gurgling stomach cramps. I never really saw a difference last time I was on the tablets, but I don't know if I stayed on them for long enough. Does anyone know how long you need to keep taking the metformin before you see any difference and do you really have to watch what you eat? emoticon

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4/18/08 9:48 A

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Just be cautious with "no carb" diets. If you deprive your body of all carbs, your kidneys can go into a state of keytosis. Basically what happens is your body thinks you are going into starvation mode and starts storing everything you put into your body in order to prevent the "starvation" due to the lack of a needed nutrient. Your body will store fat and burn muscle while it's in this state because you can survive longer on fat than muscle. "No carb" diets might make you lose weight, but will not make you healthier. Make sure you eat the carbs in moderation...you'll be much better off. And like you said, a little taste makes you crave it again. As a general rule, if your body craves something, it is because you are not getting enough of that nutrient. Your body will tell you you're thirsty when you are dehydrated. Likewise, it will tell you "eat carbs" when you don't have enough carbs in your body. When you eat carbs though, stick to the healthier versions of them. Have sweet potatoes rather than regular baked potatoes. They not only satisfy the carb cravings but also the sweet tooth. I like to cut them into strips (like french fries), toss them with a little olive oil, and bake them. If you like the sweetness, you can sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top and it gives it a sweeter taste without the added sugar. Fruits and veggies also help curb the "bad" carb cravings. When you eat the nutrients your body needs, you will no longer have the cravings. Don't deprive yourself of anything...deprivation inevitably leads to binging. If you allow yourself a small piece of brownie, then you won't crave the whole pan. It might help to cut them into pieces and put them in individual wrappings...baggies or saran wrap. I don't know how well brownies freeze, but cake does wonderfully this way. I can take out one slice of cake from the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge all day. Then I can eat it for dinner that night. If I only take out one piece for myself and one for my boyfriend, then I only eat one piece of cake...instead of the whole thing. It requires planning ahead for the dessert, but somehow, knowing I get that dessert for dinner makes me not crave the dessert at lunch or the pop-tarts for breakfast. Just some thoughts...hope they help.

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4/18/08 8:13 A

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Hi, I had a bit of nausea..only briefly about 1 to 2 hours after I took the Met, and also gas for most of the day. I didn't get any other intestinal problems and the minor ones that i did have went away after about a week..maybe 2 at the most. Now, it's working for me. i feel so much better and have begun to lose, (I have to update my little ticker). I've lost about 10 pounds. I got my period also, and ALL that crazy bloat is GONE! As for the carb craves..I have found that once I'm off them for a day or so..and I mean NO carbs..I won't crave them. BUT..if i cheat..and even sneak the edge of a brownie that i'm serving my husband..back to cravings. Hope this works for you. Good luck, Chris

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4/18/08 4:40 A

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Hi guys, have been a member since oct 07, but have had no joy with weight loss. I am now going back on the metformin, but am dreading the flactulance and stomach cramps. My real problems is sweet cravings - does anyone have any tips on to curb these.

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