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User Reviews for Metformin

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

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 107 reviews 98 medications
   
7.7
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Summary of Metformin reviews 218 reviews 7.6

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Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: "Metformin (Glucophage generic) works very well without any side effects (maybe a small bit of diarrhea and gas - but that helps getting rid of my constipation). I am NOT overweight. In great shape with running, playing tennis and golf, etc. Age 65. Never was overweight. Got diabetes from drinking way too much Coca Cola and eating too much sweets (donuts, cake, candies, etc.). Always burned off the sugar so never put on weight. Never knew sugar was a poison that affects metabolism. Started taking metformin (3 X 800 daily dosage two years ago. With diet changes, brought down my blood glucose level from 358 to 130, and A1C from 15.9 to 6.7. Not out of the woods yet, but huge improvement and metformin is the only drug that works for me"

   
9.0

Littleton (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 27, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2 weeks ago, but been suffering from it long. I am 17 on 18 pretty soon; normal no periods, unwanted facial hair, some depression, no sleep, very unwanted weight. I'm on round 2 (2nd week) so I'm drinking 2 pills a day, experienced some stomach pain, a bit drowsy, nothing to bothersome, but I started my period! that's good! will stay updated!"

   
8.0

Ruby97 March 16, 2015

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "Life changing! 500 mg 1x/ day, and low carb diet ( 7+/- servings a day and when I started, I was 375 lbs) very compliant, 60 lb loss in 60 days, added daily hour of cardio (Zumba), continued and in 24 months lost 150 lbs. ALL side effects of metformin are indicators that you're eating too many carbs. A doctor that prescribes metformin that doesn't also prescribe a low carb diet is being absurd. I've been amazed at how many people I've talked to over the years that have had that happen. Diarrhea, nausea, metallic taste, all mean you're eating the wrong things! They're not a reason to quit the meds. They're proof you need to eat low carb. 7 years later, still down 100, and increasing dose to continue losing."

   
10

CoolMomLes March 15, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I've been on this med for two weeks. My dr. Had me start out on one pill a day for one week then two pills on the 2nd week. I am to take these for 6 months. The only side effects I am having are extreme tiredness and nausea. Taking B vitamin complex is helping with that. I am also starting to lose weight which will help my high Cholesterol."

   
8.0

Shellysea (taken for less than 1 month) March 6, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I'd like to share a very positive experience with Metformin. I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome after very irregular periods and anovulatory cycles. I already worked out regularly and was a healthy weight. My husband and I tried for a very long time to conceive and were starting to lose hope. My doctor prescribed 1500mg per day. I experienced mild stomach discomfort and no other side effects. The first month, my cycle length was cut in half and the second month, I got pregnant! I never thought the day would come that I would see a positive pregnancy test. I continued the Metformin through my first trimester and we now have a perfect baby boy. Keep your head up and give it a try...I am so thankful that I did! "

   
10

Elizabeth54321 March 3, 2015

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance and put on Metformin (1000mg twice a day.) I keep hearing that people are losing weight with this medicine; however, I have been taking it for a year and still no weight loss. WHY??? My doctor even stated, "Hum, your not losing any weight". "

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 2, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome about 3 weeks ago. Prior to that, I had been gaining weight for no apparent reason. I eat clean and exercise regularly, so was at a loss for what was going on. My periods had always been irregular, but when I went 2 mos without one, I definitely knew something was up. I started metformin 3 weeks ago. First 500mg and then increased to 1000 mg at 2 weeks. Since starting, I've lost 4 lbs, got my period on time, and finally have my energy back! Side effects have only impacted me every now and then with no rhyme or reason as to when, but well worth the positive effects."

   
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mny (taken for less than 1 month) February 20, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I've been on Metformin for six years. I was recently changed from 500 mg twice daily to 1000 mg twice daily. I never had problems with the 500 mg but since going on the increased dose I find myself totally exhausted all the time. I also have very itchy skin and red spots which appear randomly on my body. It also is failing to reduce blood sugar which is really frustrating."

   
2.0

Jard (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 19, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "My normal cycles are about 44-63 days. I started metformin January 12th 2015 at 500mgs a day with Imodium every other day for the first week. After the first week I start 1000mgs my period was January 5th then by February 6th I started again I haven't had a back to back cycle since 2007. Metformin is definitely effective in some females with polycystic ovarian syndrome."

   
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maymay2015 February 16, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I got diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome when I was 14. I am now 18, I never get a regular period. I haven't had a period in 7 month I am only 6 and half stone I have always been thin, I have been taking 500mg of metformin for 4 weeks nothing has changed except I feel more hungry than what I usually do, I hope this medicine helps me have kids in the future."

megie February 15, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 6 weeks ago. On Metformin twice a day for 4 weeks, carbs not over 130 per day w/ meal plan&snacks according to myplate guidelines. I keep a daily diary, recording the date & time of meals, content w/ carb counts. I'm doing this to help me see how what I eat translates to blood glucose levels which I was taking frequently the first two weeks, now once AM fasting. As a 65 yo woman, VERY obese, never had a high bs until this year. My highest bs were in the 300's and a A1C of 9.8. With change in diet and Metformin, my last fasting BS was 104. I've lost 20 lbs, w/no diarrhea or stomach upets at all, but dramatic disinterest in eating, portions seem to big now I sure needed benefits Metformin is giving!"

   
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Holly1949 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 14, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome when I was 16 Y/O and very irregular periods and some body hair. I was becoming increasingly unhappy with how things were and so the doctor tried to help by putting me on the pill. This helped only by regulating my 'period' every month instead of having a random period twice a month or nothing for 4 - 6 months. I'm 28 now and I've literally been on Yasmin since I was 17 to 27 y/o with no breaks. My hubby and I are trying to conceive so I came off the pill in March 2014 and from then till Nov 2014 I had one natural period. So, the doctor prescribed Metformin in November, I take only 500mg twice a day and on Dec 24th 2014 I had my period. Then again now Jan 30th 2015. The only down fall is very sore cramps."

   
8.0

Sami panda February 1, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "One month on metformin, No change. Dr changed amount to 1000 mg 2 x day, caused EXTREME itching. Going next week for appt with PCP going off metformin I'm sure."

   
8.0

Mystiquegd (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 30, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I am 17 and have been diagnosed with PCOS since December 2014. I started Metformin 1 week ago and the side effects have been fairly uncomfortable. The biggest and most surprising size effect I've encountered has been sleepiness. Today I had 20 oz of a cappuccino and 2 Dr. Peppers but I was still tired throughout the day. I gained 20 lbs since 2013 and am hoping i will lose some on metformin since a lot of reviews say they lost some pounds on it. Keeping my fingers crossed. Definitely encountering decreased appetite, upset tummy, and discomfort, but nothing I can't handle. Too soon to tell if there will be many positive effects."

   
8.0

chelsea97 January 29, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Hey guys. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome a few days ago. I gained weight and I didn't have my period for over 8 months. I am not over weight but I was still advised to lose weight. I am on Metformin 500 one a day and after ONE day I got my period! Amazing! I did have pains and I felt sick but nothing horrible. I am going back to GP for check in 6 weeks so I will let you know more. Just had to share my excitement as this was the website I was reading regarding to Metformin."

   
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Petra11111 (taken for less than 1 month) January 25, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Metformin is probably saving my life. I got diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome about a year ago, and I have the best doctor in the state of Colorado. Along with phentermine, and although I do truly despise the sick tummy I get from it, Metformin really does help train you on what you should and shouldn't be eating."

   
9.0

PCOSCOgirl January 24, 2015

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For Female Infertility: "I got pregnant in 2003 with no problem. Went on birth control. we started trying again for 4 years no pregnancy. I was told I now had polycystic ovarian syndrome. Pretty heavily. So I started taking 3 pills a day. I got pregnant Within 3 months. Healthy baby boy is now 2 years old. The only problem was I had diarrhea. It slowly got better. But I would take it again!"

   
8.0

Sherbess January 14, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I started taking metformin late November of 2014 and with my weight and height I was considered obese I am 5 foot 4 & I weighed 204 pounds before taking the medication. My a1c was at seven and one-half at the time of my blood test. Since taking metformin 2 times a day 500 milligrams each time I have lost close to 20 pounds and along with the change in my eating habits I'm feeling much better and continuing to lose weight on an amazing scale!"

TonyRodriguez January 12, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Metformin gives me terrible runny tummy"

   
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safia abdul wajid January 12, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I was dignosed with prediabetes about a month ago. Not sure how its helping my blood sugar bcause i havent been rechecked yet, but i have not had any bd side effects at all and have lost 5 lbs. Thats pretty goid considering i lost it over the holidays without even trying when i usually would have gained weight!"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 8, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "A month ago, I was placed on Metformin ER 500 mg twice a day after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (HbA1C of 7.9). I, like so many on this forum, experienced violent diarrhea for the first 7 to 10 days, which then suddenly ceased. For the first time in my life, I have since experienced life as someone without a weight problem. I no longer think about food ruminatively, have to remind myself to eat, and I stop eating when full (eating smaller portions than previously). I have not had my blood glucose re-tested yet so can not speak to the effectiveness of Metformin for glucose control, but I expect much improvement, even at this sub clinical dose. I have been losing 2 to 3 lbs per week without much effort. It has been life changing."

   
9.0

Jean28027 January 8, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome when I was 16 yrs old. My Dr put me on Birth Control at first for about 3 years I just had my physical on December 3rd she prescribed Metformin 500 mg because I told her I want to have a baby. I started Merformin since Dec 3 2014 so it has been a month taking this medicine, I have noticed some weight loss, and I also have been feeling some headaches, and not wanting to eat much, this week I have started feeling some cramps because I do believe is almost time for my period to come. Hopefully it is regulating already, I can pretty much say this medication has helped me and hopefully I can have my bundle of Joy soon."

   
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Maria425 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 8, 2015

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Metformin helped regulate my cycle but it did not help me ovulate."

   
7.0

Tooth fairy209 January 5, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Diarrhea, bloating etc. decrease within a few months, extended release tabs help, and eating small portions of food, with low carb help too. I find the cramps, diarrhea return every time I fall off the wagon, overeat or take in too much carb. it is a great motivator to keep you on your diet. And it is a great one to gradually, safely and permanently lose weight. I lost 30 lbs in 2 years and kept it, with no particular diet (except low carb) and hardly any exercise. Absolutely the best diet pill I've seen in my many diet trials over past 30 yrs.I think anyone wanting to lose weight should try this, even non diabetics."

   
9.0

T2D sufferer January 3, 2015

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Side effects are there, but really helps lower blood sugar, more good then harm I gotta say."

   
8.0

KINGJOE11 December 29, 2014

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