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2/15/12 10:28 A

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Definitely common if you start at a too high of a dosage. I talked with my doctor about it at my last exam. I told her I stopped taking it because of the diarrhea. I was resistant to taking it again, even though she was urging me to try it again.

Instead, she started me with 1-500 mg tablet in the evenings for 2 weeks, then adding 1-500 mg tablet in the morning. She said to try that for a few weeks and see if I can up the dosage on one end or the other to the full dosage (1000mg). I think that's the problem: starting at too high of a dosage. I've been on the 2 tablets a day for about a week now and no digestive issues so far!

Fatty foods are another huge culprit, so I find it easier to stick to my diet! :)

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1/29/12 10:43 P

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It's common to get the diarrhea if you eat really fatty foods. I can count it like clockwork - if I eat a greasy meal with my metformin, 3-4 hours later I am in massive painful diarrhea mode. I hope your doctor slowly got you up to that dose, 1500mg all at once is a giant leap!

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1/27/12 10:13 A

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I had a very similar reaction to Metformin. I switched to the Extended Release and I no longer have the side effects.

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1/26/12 6:51 P

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Thank you!! I will definitely talk to her about the extended release.

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1/26/12 12:12 P

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It is very common. Ask your doctor to switch you from regular to extended release. When I switched, this side effect went away.

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1/26/12 9:29 A

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I would ask your pharmacist or doctor.
I started metformin for pcos in October. They started me on only 500mg a day, and are working me up so I don't have that issue. It does however make me more regular, I found it does seem to mess with my bowels more if I eat fatty foods though.

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1/25/12 10:32 P

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I just found out in September that I have PCOS and was started on Metformin 1500 mg a day. Well my doctor told me I would more than likely end up with diarrhea, which I did. It's now been 4 months and I still have it. Is this normal?

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