I'm taking 1000 Metformin in a.m. and 1000 Metformin in p.m. and having 4 - 6 episodes of explosive explosive diarrhea 4 - 6 times a a day. I try to control it with 4 - 5 Imodium a day. Does anyone else have this problem and if so, what can be done to alleviate this problem. Currently I am off all Metformin and no symptoms of diarrhea, but my blood sugars are ranging from 150 - 169.
2 Aug 2011
There are several things you can try to help control the diarrhea caused by Metformin (a common side effect).
1. Reduce your dose, with the approval of your doctor. While diarrhea is most common in the initial weeks of taking metformin, reducing the dose may reduce the frequency, as it allows the body to adjust to the medication.
2.Try switching to a controlled release version - it may reduce diarrhea, because smaller amounts are absorbed over the day rather than hitting your system all at once.
3.Take metformin with a meal and try reducing your carbohydrate and fat intake.
Hope these help!
- Metformin Information for Consumers
- Metformin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metformin (detailed)
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