User Reviews for Metformin

Also known as: Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Riomet

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Review by troy467 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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7.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: Metformin 1000mg x2 daily. Works okay to lower sugar levels.

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July 12, 2013 12:24 PM

Review by Cheerfulabby (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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6.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: I have been on the max dose for many years, I also am on insulin. I am not very healthy, I tire easily and have a lot of stomach problems. The more I read about the side effects,the more I realize that metformin is not that good for a person.

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June 15, 2013 3:06 PM

Review by larry555 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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6.0

Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: Does not keep the sugar from spiking

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May 15, 2013 5:03 AM

Review by Frustrated PCOS Lady (taken for less than 1 month):

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6.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I have had diagnosed Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome since 1991. Years of problems. I tried Metformin the first time around 1995 and it did nothing. I had weight loss surgery in 2010 and got to just below 200 lbs. Hormones actually got worse with weight loss and a year later to the day, I had a full hysterectomy. 6 months later my only ovary started kicking into overdrive. Crazy hormones, cravings and of course ruptured cysts...all the time. Doc decided to try metformin and said it could be different this time. After a week I noticed great results. 2 weeks in I got so nauseated that I thought I had the flu. Then the headaches. They tried to diagnose me with migraines at the age of 42. It was the Metformin.

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April 9, 2013 3:17 PM

Review by martere15 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Diabetes, Type 2: Helped to control my diabetes. No side effects now I am in the normal range.

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February 8, 2013 2:58 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: Horrible diarrhea. Couldn't leave the house.

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February 4, 2013 8:43 PM

Review by Toria Lynn:

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9.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome 2 years ago. Unfortunately it took several doctors and a 150 pound weight gain for someone to realize what was going on. During the 2 years since I was diagnosed my doctor has had me try everything and nothing has helped. Finally she decide to give me metformin. I've been on it for 10 days now. I'm currently only up to 1000 mg, but I've already lost 5 pounds. I've hardly had any side effects. Also my facial hair growth has slowed and I'm breaking out less.

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January 15, 2013 9:51 PM

Review by dickydoo:

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3.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: This medicine caused erectile dysfunction and causes weight gain and sluggishness!

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January 11, 2013 11:34 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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4.0

Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: Gave me diarrhea.

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December 7, 2012 1:04 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Metformin has been great. I am lucky and have not had any of the gastrointestinal upset I was warned about. It has aided in my weight loss and help curb my carb cravings.

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November 18, 2012 12:00 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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2.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: I'm a 62 year old male. Some years back, I was experiencing a very dry mouth and frequent urination. I had my blood sugar level measured and it was at 350 so I was prescribed Metformin. The Metformin brought my sugar level down to about 150 but gave me a very bad upset stomach. The nausea wasn't temporary for me. It didn't clear up even after taking the metformin for weeks. However, I did find a solution to the problem. I switched from the regular fast acting metformin to the extended release metformin XR. The difference was like night and day. I have had no nausea at all using the metformin XR. If you're having stomach problems using regular metformin, I suggest trying the extended release version. I now take 2000 mg of metform XR daily.

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October 12, 2012 1:19 PM

Review by RIEBAKER (taken for 2 to 5 years):

For : I have most of the side effects and I have been treated as a sickness rather than side effects of metformin. Shortness of breath is the biggest problem I have.

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September 20, 2012 1:27 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 weeks ago. My ob put me on Metformin. When I first started taking it the nausea was bothersome but a couple days in, it was gone. I have been taking this for 10 days now and have lost 7 lbs! I am now taking 1000mg a day and have no negative side effects.

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July 25, 2012 4:58 PM

Review by 33yroldfemale (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I was misdiagnosed with depression/anxiety. Stopped menstruating in 2000 after taking the birth control shot. Gained 80lbs I can't shed. Started taking metformin after doctor connected the symptoms I had with my 4 miscarriages, and that I had to take fertility drugs to have the 2 children I have. I felt immediately better. Still have a hard time trying to shed the weight, but I feel like awful when I don't take this medicine.

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July 25, 2012 11:04 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):

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2.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: I have been on metformin 1,000 mg in morning and 1,000mg after dinner. Since starting this medicine I have been having morning sickness type feelings 24/7 with nausea and vomiting everyday. I don't know if it's my Ortho Evra birth control patch or if its the metformin making me sick. I've only been on the patch for 2 months with no side effects except for this month. I'm also on phentermine 30mg 1x daily for a month so far. I've been eating healthier small meals daily and exercising 6 days a week and have not lost a pound. When I go back and see my endocrinologist next month I will report back if she changes my medication and checks my blood levels to see if there is a change. Thank you for all of the comments on here its helped me a great deal.

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June 27, 2012 10:44 PM

Review by CP34 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

For : I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia roughly 7 years ago and was never treated. It was impossible for me to lose weight. I worked out like a maniac and ate very healthy. I stopped eating anything that was a "white" carb. Yet, i could NOT lose weight. So i got fed up and went to my endo and she was awesome. Within a 20 minute appointment, she told me that my body basically CAN NOT break down any kind of carbs. When I eat them, it turns them straight to fat and stores it away in my stomach. She recommended that i take 4 500mg of Metformin every day. In the beginning it ripped my stomach apart. But i got used to it eventually. I have cut most carbs out of my diet accept for fruits. Its been 5 months and I'm down 25lbs.

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June 13, 2012 1:15 PM

Review by Trissy (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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7.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: I take 500 mg twice daily. Initial gastric symptoms passed quickly. No help in weight loss. Some help in lowering blood sugar. Main side effect is extreme tiredness and fatigue. Never feel like exercising. Stopped taking metformin a few times due to fatigue, but when sugar levels escalated to higher than before starting it, I got back on it and just put up with the tiredness.

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June 12, 2012 11:07 AM

Review by Silverdachs (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Diabetes, Type 2: An excellent medicine. I had hyperinsulinemia and was consuming vast amounts of sugar daily to keep my sugar from dropping, then suddenly my sugar readings became higher and higher every morning. Diagnosed with diabetes. Was given Metformin, no more carb/sugar cravings, no more lows and highs, I have been taking it for 5 weeks and I have lost 15lbs. I had ZERO side effects. I feel GREAT!

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June 5, 2012 11:16 PM

Review by mamabobcat71 (taken for less than 1 month):

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2.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: It's my 7th day and beginning the new round...I go up from 500 mg to 1,000 mg today. I haven't seen anything as of yet. Maybe some gas. Finally a doctor has noticed this syndrome and now being treated. I'm 41 and it should have happen when I was in the 4th grade to at least high school. I have the pimples, had the monthly problems, weight, the horrible hair, and more. I have a lot of hope in this medicine and change in life! I also told 2 of my cousins about it as well.

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May 17, 2012 10:27 AM

Review by Texxan:

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10

For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: My endocrinologist put me on Metformin for what he diagnosed as metabolic syndrome. My general physician sent me to him because he thought I was pre-diabetic. My triglycerides were through the roof....3500 at one point! Prior to starting Metformin I had worked on improving my diet, watching calories and quality of foods I ate and I had seen some moderate weight loss. Once on the metformin, my triglycerides dropped 90% (from 3500 to 350) and the pounds began to drop away....several pounds every few weeks to the point that I am down 42 pounds (from 220 down to 178) in about 4 months. All while still battling my alcohol consumption at 7 to 10 beers a night (99 calories a piece) which is 750 to 1000 calories per night.

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April 1, 2012 5:29 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: I had diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches and muscle pain. It did not control my blood sugar either. I never want to feel like that again. But on the other hand my husband is able to take it with no side effects and it keeps his blood sugar between 90 and 130.

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March 28, 2012 6:27 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: Made me very sick, headache, constant diarrhea, very bad head and chest cold, lower right leg started to swell.

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March 20, 2012 11:14 AM

Review by Matsi:

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8.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Before I took Metformin I had a unpredictable and agonizingly painful cycle, had a bad odor, and was growing facial hair. I was also diagnosed with borderline diabetes. The change between then and now is amazing. My cycle is regular and normal, I don't smell bad constantly, and my face is clean and smooth. The Metformin also controls the diabetic aspect, so I only have to take one medication for two diseases. My biggest side-effect is the diarrhea and stomach upset, which is compounded by my Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is easy to fix by eating a meal before taking Metformin. Despite the gastrointestinal issues, this medicine has changed my life for the better.

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March 8, 2012 12:35 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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6.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Metformin started off good for me. Except for the frequent diarrhea, it worked quickly to give me a normal period. I had no weight loss (though I really need it), and after 3 months my periods became irregular again. My doctor increased my dose after six months, and again after 3. I'm still not regularly regular, and it hasn't increased my ovulation (per a daily ovulation test). This medicine has generally great reviews, but it's very inconsistent for me.

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February 20, 2012 12:28 AM

Review by Anonymous:

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Have been taking taking half dose for 2 weeks and have increasingly felt horrible. Had nausea, dizziness, hot flashes, headaches, anxiety, depression. If you've never tried it, you should try it for yourself but my body is extremely sensitive and it did not work for me.

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February 11, 2012 12:51 AM

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