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5/26/13 8:52 A

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(I started this post.) I ended up going back on the metformin. But i'm taking a lower dose and i'm taking half at breakfast and half in the evening. Before i would take it all at one time because i thought it would be easier to remember to take it. but now i just remember to take it at both times. so far so good. But i'm just now starting to focus on weight loss since i started taking it.

we just increased the dosage to now 1500. After a while i may even increase it to 2000 mg. again.

I haven't had anymore cramps as of yet and i hope splitting it up in the day and night will help with that.

I didn't want to go on it but my doctor really encouraged me to try it again. He said even a low dose is better than nothing.

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5/22/13 10:54 A

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Ladies, I also had issues with the side effects of Metformin -which made me seriously consider if it was worth taking! I went back to my doctor and they put me on the Meformin Extended Release (XR) I now take 750 milligrams with breakfast and 1500 milligrams with dinner without any issues. I would humbly make that suggestion to anyone who might be taking the regular Metformin and finding themselves struggling. Between diet, exercise, and the Metformin I am down 68 pounds since September - but it is not fast and not easy! Best of luck! I'm sending all kinds of glitter and sparkles your way! emoticon Colleen

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4/23/13 5:33 A

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Hi, I was first diagnosed with PCOS in 1995, and want to have children. I've been married for over 10 years now, and been together with my husband for 18 years. In the last 4 years, I'd been taking Metformin to help assist with my irregular periods. The side effects, diarrhea and cramps didn't bother me much, as I began to lose weight. Recently I'd stopped, I don't know why, I just did, and I've gained so much weight, its not funny. So, I'm at a dilemma, go back on Metformin and be restricted to the house cause off all the running to and thro to the toilet, or to lose the weight. I think, in all honesty, I'd go back on the Metformin, because I know it helps with the weight loss.

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4/17/13 9:32 A

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i was never really convinced i had pcos...i had weight gain, and i had facial hair issues and my periods were erratic, but i didnt have any cysts...and losing weight for me was a piece of cake, no pun intended, once i actually started eating healthy and walking daily.
i had been to an endo and had many blood tests etc, and she never once said i was pcos.
im 45, i was 44 when i began my weight loss plan
i went on a very high protein diet, at least 100 grams of protein a day.
tuna, fish, chicken, cottage cheese, beans, greek yogurt, and beans, were my daily foods, all very high in protein, peanut butter as a snack, which is also high in protein, but sugar and carbs as well.
i added walking, first 20 mins, then an hour a few times a week, then daily, 1 to 2 hours in the morning and again in the evenings
i had become a walking fanatic. and i lost 70 pounds between august, 2012 and jan 2013....
then i broke my foot, and so, the last 3 months have been slow going, not much weight loss and then a slight gain, which im currently working on getting off.
i was on met and spiro for awhile, and could see absolutely no difference in my symptoms, no change in fac. hair, no change in weight, no change in periods
so i stopped taking it
and no change after either
dont let the ideolgoy of doctors, and what you are told and what you read stop you from striving...
personally i think there are many misdiagnoses out there and doctors just see a few symptoms of a condition and say ok this is what the patient has....
we need to be diligent in our own treatment, research, get second opinions and when they say losing weight will be harder for you, then work harder to prove them wrong...
sweat every day!!!!
even if the pounds dont fall off, you will be healthier due to healthy foods and exercise.
just always listen to your heart and head and dont let these diagnoses define you.

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4/16/13 7:31 P

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I lost a bunch of weight with Metformin originally, almost 20 pounds in three months. After that, it's seriously leveled out. For the first time since, oh I don't know, I did not gain weight over the holidays.

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4/16/13 3:29 P

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It is hard without the Metformin. You might want to look at a nutritionist who specializes in PCOS.

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3/21/13 12:16 A

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I can tell you I struggle to lose weight with Metformin. Without it, it is nearly impossible. With out metformin the only success I had was essentially a no carb diet. That wasn't a lifestyle I could maintain.

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10/26/12 10:58 P

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Taters, I had terrible frustration with Metformin. It would work, then stop...they'd up the dosage. Then it'd stop again. I was at 2500mg!! At that point after long discussions about my uterus possibly becoming inhabitable soon, they did a round of clomid to flush me out, and on my second round i conceived twin boys.

I never went back to Metformin. I am seeing a women's health practitioner (holistic) and she has me taking Insinase - I guess this is the 'natural' version of Metformin. So far so good....ive managed to drop 15 lbs in the past month and a half between that and a low carb diet.

I know some people dont trust/dont think holistic practitioners are useful...but for me she was instrumental in getting me back on track and feeling better!

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10/23/12 6:04 P

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My doctor has just taken me off the metformin because I haven't lost any weight in the 6 months I've been on it. In fact, I've gained. He added Spironolactone this summer, but I haven't lost any weight while on that, either.

My endocrinologist said it's VERY hard for women with PCOS to lose weight. At one point I was burning 5,000 calories/week in exercise- that's a lot- and I didn't lose anything. It's just one of those frustrating facts about PCOS!

It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Elliot


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10/23/12 4:16 P

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Great job with the 40 lbs lost already! When I was going really hardcore and losing weight pretty steadily I plateaued at 200 lbs for almost 2 months! I was getting so frustrated because I was doing everything I was supposed to, I changed my workout routines I shook up my food choices and still I didn't lose. I finally decided that it didn't matter that the scale was moving, I felt good, my clothes were fitting well, I was healthy and happy. Eventually the scale did move but the last 15 lbs took almost twice as long as the first 20lbs.

Today is the beginning of my journey to take off the 20 or so lbs I've gained back and I'm scared. I'm scared because I know it is going to be a long, hard, slow journey.

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10/23/12 3:09 P

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Well, your response helps me, anyway. I'm on met myself and seriously struggling with getting the excess off. I've been going pretty hardcore since January 2011 and I'm stuck at 40 pounds gone right now. I've got another 40 to go and the progress is SOOO SLOOOWW that I find it real easy to get discouraged when it seems like everybody else just drops it off so much more easily!

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10/10/12 11:19 A

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The one thing that you need to remember (and I am saying this to myself as well) is that with PCOS losing weight is difficult and slower than a person who does not have PCOS. I had been on Metformin for a couple of years before I decided to lose weight. Even on the met it was hard and slow! I lost 40 lbs. in a little over a year (which averaged to 1/2 lb/ week). I have now been off metformin for over a year and though I've gained some of the weight back I blame it on a high stress/emotional situation and the subsequent lifestyle choices, not the met.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that losing weight with PCOS is hard, slow and difficult. If you think the metformin will help go back on it, if you don't like the side effects or how it makes you feel then don't. My endocrinologist told me that metformin is a weight-neutral drug and does not help/hinder weight loss/gain.

I would also like to say having been on metformin for over four years myself, the first six months are hard with all the side-effects but your body eventually evens out.

I hope this helps. Good luck! emoticon

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10/9/12 4:26 A

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i went off metformin about 5 weeks ago. i was losing weight slowly with it but i had stomach cramps and i decided i didn't want to be on it after 3 months on it. Now i am having a harder time losing the weight than before i went on it. I'm thinking it takes my body a while to adjust to being off it???

I am losing but at a snails pace. anyone have success with weight loss after getting off metformin?? Going to an endocrinologist soon! can't wait for my appointment! thanks.

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