I have been on metformin for for over two years now. Within 4 months of starting metformin I dropped 25 pounds without changing my diet. I also started having regular cycles as well as stopped the daily carb crashing that made me want to lay down where ever I was and never move again. My weight has fluctuated slightly since then and am now making a concerted effort to lose additional weight. I had some initial side effects that I was told were to be expected like an upset stomach for a week or two. One side effect that I was not told about was horrible heartburn. It had gotten to the point that drinking water would cause heartburn but it is now being controlled with a daily dose of prilosec OTC. I currently take 850mg twice a day and try my best to take it at mealtimes.
current weight: 173.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,005) Posts: 97 8/6/08 5:16 P
I take mine after dinner, and our schedule varies also, and I do fine with it. It's definitely important to take it with food, both for metabolic reasons and because it just lessens some of digestive issues metformin can cause (especially in the beginning). Anyway, I think as long as you are within a window of about an hour or two, you should be fine. Better to take it a couple hours late than not at all, and if you end up overlapping by a couple of hours, it's not really going to hurt anything.
current weight: 174.0
Fitness Minutes: (215) Posts: 83 7/24/08 10:16 P
Thanks for all the input! So, what if one night I eat at 7, and the next night 9 or 10? (I have a v. crazy schedule.) I am on some other meds where that is a big no-no, but luckily I don't have to take them with food, so my meal schedule isn't an issue.
I seem to be tolerating it well, am going to the doctor in a few weeks, I'm guessing they'll do tests at that point.
Pounds lost: 15.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,444) Posts: 217 7/24/08 4:18 P
My Doctor advised me to take the Met with my morning meal and my evening meal. He explained that taking it with your food is very important for "us" with IR because that is where it will work best in metabolizing sugars correctly. People with diabetes would be advised to take Met on a timely schedule. It is very different for us. I am lucky to have no adverse effects from Met, but in the beginning i would get a bit gassy. Unlike Tommiehannah's experience.. I have found..(for me) that if I forget to take Met with supper and take it before bed, i wake up gassy. Seems we are all different. I also have blood tests every 3 months, partly due to other medical situations, but they do test for IR at this same time. Met is working great for me, I take 500 mg twice daily. Good luck
I take mine right before I go to sleep, I never have had a problem that way. I've tried taking it during dinner but I usually get cramping in my stomache a couple of hours later THEN I can't get to sleep because I constantly feel like I have to run to the bathroom. I might eat a sugar-free jello or sugar-free pudding with the Metformin, and sometimes I've taken it alone, without food. As long as I take it right before I go to sleep I don't have any problems.
Hope this helps!!!
Goals! I will reward myself each time I reach a 5% weight loss of my current weight!
Pounds lost: 14.0
Fitness Minutes: (215) Posts: 83 7/23/08 6:54 P
I have just started taking Metformin and am wondering how important it is to take it at the exact same time every day. My doctor told me to take it with my evening meal, but it is not always at the same time, and because it seems to give me quite a stomach ache if I don't eat it with food, it seems like the best course of action for me is to take it in the evening whenever I eat the most substantial amount of food.
I am also wondering how you would know if it's "working." Am I supposed to go back to the doc who prescribed it to me so that she can do some sort of blood tests? I've read on here that some people have had their levels adjusted, so I was wondering what the basis for that was.
I'm not due to see my doctor again any time soon and she didn't have me schedule a follow up, but if I need to make an appointment I will.
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