Starting it or raising the dose was deeply unpleasant for me, so if your doc isn't having you phase it in gradually, maybe you can ask her if you can try a really low dose at first. I also made sure not to take it without food or I would be in a world of hurt :-(
And good luck! It does really help.
Edited by: PAPERBALL at: 5/29/2011 (09:12)
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That Metaformin(?) didn't help me lose weight. I have been at a stand still since Dec. When I first started taking it I would get very nauseous. My doctor told me to eat more when taking the pill. She started me on the pill to help with my facial hair. I know diabetics take it to lower insulin levels but my levels are already low. I'm going to start taking it again next week to help with my facial hair.
As soon as I started Met & a moderate low-carb diet, it was the first time I couldn't finish a bowl of pasta (and it was whole wheat, btw).
I've had similar effects to what you're describing, too...suddenly watching calories & exercising actually seemed to make me lose weight. Huh? ;-)
On a whole other subject...although if I go over 200g of carbs I'll gain weight, I have also found that if I go lower than about 150-160g of carbs a day, I get nauseous & lose my appetite, especially if I've been exercising regularly. Yesterday I had to force myself to eat more than 1200 cal, and I was dragging all through my workout. I'm not diabetic & my blood sugar is normal, normal, normal every time it's tested - knock wood - so I know it's not that. Has this happened to anyone else on metformin?
Edited by: PAPERBALL at: 5/27/2011 (22:30)
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I missed taking my met yesterday morning and noticed that all day I was craving chocolate an carbs. I resumed it last night and again this morning and immediately noticed a difference in my cravings and wanted to know if I was the only one who's experienced this.
The science of PCOS and appetite is that the PCOS causes insulin resistance. so the Insulin floats around in the blood stream, trying to push the carbs into your cells but the cells are resisting the high amounts of insulin and because your cells are resisting the insulin, the body pumps out more. the body usually only has high levels of insulin in the blood stream when you don't have enough food. so the body assumes your starving and makes you hungry even though you have lots of glucose in the blood already!!
the metformin breaks this cycle or HELPS to break this cycle. it causes the cells to be less resistant to the insulin. So you need less insulin to get the carbs to be used. so you're less hungry. and reducing the amount of carbs you eat can help by not causing the release of as much insulin as well.
You're on your way, it sounds like you'll likely see good results. congratulations. hopefully you'll also avoid cancer and diabetes.
You might want to reduce your carbs to at least below 150/day (the Higher end of a low carb diet). That should also help with the appetite suppression and reduce stress on your cells.
Edited by: KITTYF54 at: 5/13/2011 (17:06)
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can't tell if it help you to lose weight as I have only been on it for a week but I feel so much better since taking the metformin. I am on 500mg 3x day and have adjusted quite easily. I had diarrhea the first day and then again the next day when I had a very spicy meal but other than some gas I have had no nausea or real bathroom runs. What I will say is that I wished someone had put me on this years ago. I do not feel as hungry as I did before nor is the craving for sweets as high or intense. It is easier to watch my calories as now I am not just focused on food, and I get full quicker. I have stated exercise so at the end of the month I will be able to say if it helps with the weight loss or just reduces the weight gain.
Are there other people for whom the metformin was almost an appetite suppressant?
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