I started taking Metformin back in December. My doctor started me out on one 500mg pill a day for a week, then 2x a day for a week, then up to 3x daily which is where I'm at now. The first few weeks were pretty rough for me. Nausea and diarrhea. It was so terrible!
I have found, that for me at least, Metamucil (or the store brand equivalent, which I opted for) helped. Plus it's delightfully orangey. It's like Tang for adults, lol. I also will take OTC anti-diarrhea medication when it gets really bad. As for the nausea, you just gotta ride it out. I've put up with nausea for the last several years between illnesses and general anxiety. Ginger ale helps settle a queasy tummy.
But I definitely agree with whoever posted above me that said to just wait out the symptoms. They don't last forever. My nausea is all gone now, and the diarrhea isn't nearly as bad.
If it seems to be helping you, other than those side effects, I say stick with it. If the bad is outweighing the good, then talk to your doctor about other options =) Either way, may good luck and solid stools find you soon! Diarrhea and I are basically life long friends that I wish I could ditch lol.
Extended Release has been good to me. Also I have noticed that when I eat poorly it really makes my stomach worse but if I eat healthy the symptoms tend to disappear. I do eat lots of fiber through apples and whole grain bread which has done AMAZING things to making my tummy happy. Also if you stick to the Metformin, eventually it stops making you feel crappy. Maybe start with a lower dose and work your way up?
I was diagnosed in November 2012. I was put on Metformin 1000mg twice a day and had very bad side effects. I switched to Metformin ER 1000mg twice a day and it's so much better. I don't have any side effects at all. I just can't eat Mexican food with it.
Nearly one year ago I was diagnosed with PCOS and RX'd metformin 500mg twice a day. I have tried very hard to take this medication because I know it helps with weight loss as well as other PCOS symptoms but I have such horrible symptoms.
My symptoms include: Nausea Heartburn Decreased energy and worst of all is the diarrhea
Sorry if that was a little TMI but I feel like a lot of us have been there, right?
I really want to succeed with my metformin but it has caused me to miss exams, work, and important social events.
Does anyone have any advice on how to cope with Metformin side effects so that I can go to work and not spend half my time there in the bathroom? Or know of any alternatives to metformin that aid in PCOS weight loss?
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