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Metofrmin isn't a weight loss drug, one of the possible side effects of it is weight loss, but for many that side effect doesn't last for long or even exist in general.
metformin is designed to help the body regulate insulin, thus making your body use what insulin it makes better which can aid in weight loss in and of itself because the body is now working better to be able to do so and not store all the fat - but even those without PCOS who are on metformin doesn't always see a weight loss as a result without at least lifestyle
All that being said, I've been on metformin since 2004 and I saw great weight loss until 2008 when it slowed back down to a crawl - but to me my weight loss had 100% nothing to do with being on metformin because I wasn't taking it as I should and the side effects from it I rather live without even the extended released version is no better in that regards for me. For me the weight loss I feel was induced though being on Depo Provera and having my hormones for once in my life being as they should be thus my body was able to get the weight off without much effort on my part (as in I wasn't eating any different then normal and I wasn't working out anymore then normal).
As for my cycles those never regulated (in the 5 years that I was constant with metformin) and never will since I no longer have them (K my body goes through the motions, but I can't bleed and I don't release eggs anymore) and am in surgical induced menopause.
You might see about getting your thyroid checked because being tired and the like can be an indication of thyroid issues - even if they say its normal, ask for the range if its on the high or low end demand some form of treatment because what is normal for medical tests doesn't always = normal for the person.
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I have noticed the more processed food I eat the worse my tummy gets. It seems to calm down when I eat healthy and take my Metformin with a full stomach.
I am on week two and feeling pretty good about it so far. I don't get the afternoon blahs anymore, after lunch I would feel so exhausted it was crazy, but since the Metformin, it hasn't been so bad. I also have lost a few pounds already, which is nice to not see the scale crawl up.
I still haven't had my periods regulate, but I am giving it time. I know it sometimes takes 60-90 days for a body to adjust to changes.
All in all, so far pretty good!
Thank you everyone for all the helpful advice and sharing your stories, it feels amazing to have a support group to turn to for advice because people who haven't been through this condition, don't know how hard it can be!
I have been on Metformin for almost 3 months, I really have not seen any changes in weight but I have noticed that my cycles became regular for a few months. I am taking 500 mg twice a day but I use to take 1000 mg twice a day. However, my doctor stated that I need a lesser dosage because I am insulin resistance and not diabetic. One good things is that this time I did not experience the side effects that I did before. I have found that if you eat fatty or grease food then you will most likely have an upset stomach.
Metformin gives me bad GI symptoms...:-/ I was on and off, and now I am trying it again. I've recently cut out a lot of the bad carbs in my life: sweets, pasta, bread, etc. I have lost 7 lbs in the past 3 weeks! It's going slow, but it's at a steady pace and helping to motivate me. I've been eating a lot of veggies, meat, cheese, and some brown rice here and there. Also, my favorite has been a smoothie every day with peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, splenda, fat free plain yogurt, skim milk, and 2-3 cups of spinach...yes spinach! blend it up and you can't taste it. It has really helped me get a good amount of veggies in every day, and helps with the sweet cravings.
You may also notice GI issues if you eat very fatty or greasy foods.
Typically it will help with weight loss, especially as you fine tune your diet, because it assists your cells to welcome insulin when you eat, rather than ignoring it. The ability for your cells to now use the natural insulin in your body (thanks to the metformin) means you actually break down and use the carbs you eat rather than continuing to store them as fat, which is what contributed to the weight gain to begin with.
Keep up the great work! Keep us posted!
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I have been told I might need to up my dosage if I don't see any results, so I figured 3 months of eating healthy and exercising, then I will see if I am showing any results. I also noticed that when I eat a lot of sugar, I get tummy issues on it.
I have heard some people get horrible side effects and it sounds like you got them, I am so sorry, it was why I was scared to take it in the first place but I have heard it gets better after a couple of weeks.
I'm a newbie also. Started on 850 mg 2 tabs a day last week. The side effects I have are nausea and loss of appetite.
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it does help me, if i am also exercising and eating healthy. i take 2000mg a day, though. it can take a little while to start helping, but if you don't seem to be responding, you might want to ask about increasing the dosage.
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I have been taking it for a week and so far no nasty side effects. I am hoping it will help with weight loss and I have so far lost one pound. I am going to be paring it with a low carb, low sugar diet and lots of swimming/walking. I also have noticed less hair on my face and a little more energy after the first week. So far, I think it was a good choice. Especially if it can help regulate my period!
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I was prescribed Metformin when I was 23 and first diagnosed with PCOS. I did not stay on it very long to know if it would help me lose weight and this is why... Metformin helps you ovulate. So that can be a good thing or a bad thing... depending on your situation. I ended up getting pregnant with my only child, which was a blessing, but so unplanned when you are told you can't have kids. Granted this was a long time ago, as I am 30, but I just wanted to make you aware.
It helps with weight loss, but you still have to work on eating healthy and exercise for it to really work. Weight loss will be slow, and it takes awhile for the metformin to be in your system. For me I didn't really see much a difference till 90 days in and they bumped me up to 1000mg a day. Then I saw with eating healthier and at least walking daily that I start to see small shifts in the scale.
Everyone is different. Be patient. Also with PCOS, consider using the diabetic type meal plan on spark, not because you are diabetic, but with PCOS, you are given metformin because of insulin resistance issues and cutting back on refined carbs will help you a lot. This is my experience anyway.
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I was just prescribed Metformin to help with the weight loss and side effects of PCOS. I am about 500 mg a day, slow release tablet. I haven't been able to get the scale to budge much at all, unless I am hardly eating at all and after I eat lunch everyday I become really exhausted, drained even.
I was wondering how successful others have been with Metformin? Has it helped with the energy levels? Weight loss? Regulating periods?