Metformin made me absolutely ILL, and I just couldn't take it anymore. I never knew when the diarrhea was going to strike - in the car on a long ride (that was a bad day), in the middle of teaching class, at the grocery store.
I was so sick. And that was only on 500 mg. He wanted me to take 1000.
Thank all for your advice. My doctor actually told me to make sure an eat protein for breakfast when I take my first pill. I am not actually having problems but an improvement, I think. I do not have diarrhea or stomach problems or anything like that. Just regular, small movements nearly everyday. This has never happened before in my life. I usually only go twice (maybe three times) a week and then it is usually uncomfortable and very large. This is much better. I just wanted to know if anyone else has had this experience on Metformin. Maybe that means it is working?
I know that when I first started taking metformin, I was having a lot of stomach problems. At first I was taking the medicine in the morning and at night, with meals. Then, I talked to my doctor and he suggested that I take the metformin at lunch and dinner. He stated that many people don't eat enough for breakfast. Since, I have changed to this, it has really helped a lot. This maybe something to talk to your doctor about.
Wow. Thank you all for your comments. With my Mom's death I have been stressed and a little depressed (in the normal range I think). So that probably compounds the problem then. I am glad to hear this is normal.
I understand. My doctor had me on metformin three times a day. I not only was having diarrea, but it was making me sick. The smell and sight of food would physically make me want to throw up. I talked about it with my doctor and she moved me back down to one time a day and all that went away. I'm going to see if my doctor will move me back up to two times a day though because I think my weight loss has slowed down and I need it to help me out. Good luck!
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For Me Metformin has increased bowel movements, but it gets better after your body gets used to it. Your body should be used to it within 2-3days, if not ask your doctor to switch it to the Extended Release ones so your body won't absorb it as quickly these should also be easier on your stomach.Hope this helps. Rosa
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Yes, that is a normal side effect to Metformin. For me, it helps to take it right before eating or w/ the meal and also staying away from carb rich foods. Even w/ that, I definitely try to stay close to home early in the day b/c that is when it hits me most often....and I do mean often! Stress and anxiety make it worse also.
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Yes, even though I'm not a professional, my personal opinion is positive in seeing regularity. I think it's because our bodies with PCOS does not naturally kick out what it should, so Metformin does that for us.
I know when increasing fiber that you have to ease into it slowly because if not it causes a lot of gas, and other bowel complications until your body adjusts. Don't worry, I learned that by first-hand experience and found out after it was a little too late.
I do not know how to politely ask this. Has anyone else noticed an increase in bowel movements at a higher dose of Metformin? A couple of weeks ago my doctor increased my Metformin to 1700 MG (was on 500 MG for many years). Now I go to the bathroom nearly every day (like I am suppose to do). About 30-years ago I got diagnosed with IBS mainly because I only went two or three times a week. Increased fiber only plugged me up and caused many stomach problems. So I was told just to live with it. The only major difference in my life recently is the Metformin. My mother died but I do not think that has anything to do with it. But I wonder if there is a connection with the Metformin. Has anyone else experienced this? What do the rest of you think?
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