User Reviews for Metformin

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

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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

Review by Anonymous:

Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: I've been taking this medicine for a month today. I have seen a significant and favorable drop in my blood sugar however, I've never felt sicker in my entire life. Everyday since starting this I've been nauseous even to the point of vomiting. I find that I now have motion sickness and since I take public transport, I sometimes have to get off the bus to vomit. I always have diarrhea. I sometimes have fever symptoms, chills along with a feeling of being very cold, and terrible headaches. I've also become quite anxious, restless, and moody, which may be a side effect of these side effects. I've lost 12lbs and I find myself eating less which is awesome but I'm ALWAYS nauseous, which is why I have no appetite.

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February 6, 2012 8:44 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: It works very well and there are few side effects. My blood sugar will get low but it does not drop like insulin can do. I watch what I eat and maintain exercise and my numbers are always good. I recommend this medication.

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January 27, 2012 1:00 PM

Review by ccook1:

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4.0

For Diabetes, Type 2: I was put on metformin in April 2011 when I was diagnosed with diabetes. First I was taking 2 x 500mg once a day with evening meal. Now (December 2011) I am taking 4 x 500mg twice daily. The main side effect has been horrible diarrhea throughout! So I am regularly taking Imodium to cope with it. My A1C has gone down 1%. So for me it is a toss up, yes blood sugar has gone down but now I have to take diarrhea medicine plus use diaper rash ointment. I would like to try something else so my butt could heal!

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December 8, 2011 4:01 PM

Review by sptscristy:

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: My doctor diagnosed me with PCOS, 1 month ago and put me on Metformin to help with my period. The first week was fine except for cravings and a little diarrhea. By the third week I up my dose to 1000mg a day. The first day taking 1000mg I got really sick (vomiting) and every time I would move I felt like I was going to get sick again so basically I laid around all day (thank goodness I upped my dose on a weekend). After that I was fine, well as long as I took the pill on a full stomach had no problems in that area. I haven't lost anyway weight and the way I'm going I will probably be gaining soon because my cravings are getting out of hand. I have never been into as much chocolate or any kind of junk food until I started taking Metformin. I have also been constipated, cold sores on lips (two in a week) and pimples in areas that I don't usually get them. I don't know what to think about the pill so far, I will give it another month and see how it goes.

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November 29, 2011 8:44 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I have only been on Metformin 5 days and I already see the difference in my symptoms. I have more energy and already lost 1.5lbs. Before, it took me a year to lose 10lbs. I have mild gastrointestinal discomfort but well worth it. It seems to help with food cravings. I used to drink 5 cups of coffee in the morning and I am down to only one without any caffeine withdrawal symptoms. I also don't crave sugar or high carb foods. I have a healthy snack in between meals to prevent blood sugar drops such as an apple, berries, or carrots. I would recommend this to anyone suffering from PCOS.

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November 17, 2011 10:57 AM

Review by missJ2:

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8.0

For Female Infertility: I just started taking metformin. This was given to me by my ob/gyn because I just got married and my husband and I are trying to have baby. Just started this week so the side effect haven't hit me fully, I do get the stomach pain. I haven't been diagnosed with PCOS but I think I have it. So far things are looking okay. Just waiting to see if everything fall in to place.

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November 11, 2011 11:07 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 weeks ago and have been on Metformin ever since. So far I haven't lost any weight (Luckily my condition was caught before I gained too much, I only have about 25lbs to lose) I am a registered dietitian and exercise daily so the not losing weight is a bit discouraging but my Endocrinologist has assured me that I will, apparently with some people it can take up to 4 months to start losing. The side effects were horrible the first two weeks along with horrible cramping and a constant period for 3 weeks. However, now I have no side effects at all, you just have to stick with it. My doctor was great and recommended taking the metformin at night so that I would be at home for the side effects. I take 1500 mg daily.

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November 3, 2011 11:40 PM

Review by Londongurl:

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7.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I have just been diagnosed with having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Before the diagnosis I put on about 40 lbs just out of the blue within 8 months. I also had excess hair on my face, stomach and legs, and I only had about 6 periods in the last year. I went for a pelvic scan and for the last 9 days I have been taking Metformin (500mg twice a day) under the doctor's orders. Something is definitely happening because I had a period within 5 days of taking the medication and I've lost about 4 lbs in the last week. The side effects were annoying. I had a lot of gas and diarrhea for about 3 days. The side effects seem to have passed now. My overall experience with Metformin is fairly good so far. I am looking forward to seeing more results.

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October 2, 2011 7:44 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Glucophage (metformin) for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: This medicine has definitely improved my quality of life. Within the first 2 weeks of starting metformin, I lost 8 pounds (where before I struggled to lose weight). Now I am in a healthy BMI for my height group. I experienced no nausea while taking this medicine (I took it in the middle of a meal). I did experience some intestinal side effects (gas / diarrhea) for the first week, and the first week I increased my dose.

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September 27, 2011 2:17 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The only issue with this medication for me was the stomach upset, gas and diarrhea. However, the positives totally outweigh the negatives. After 6 months with no period and working out 3-4 days a week with no weight loss, it took 2 weeks on 1000mg/day of metformin to have a period and lose 5 lbs! I noticed that the stomach upset is worst when I eat something heavy or fatty. I continue to work out and am anxious to see where I will be a year from now.

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September 24, 2011 10:44 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Glucophage (metformin) for Female Infertility: Did 5 failed IVF and 2 months on this and got pregnant naturally.

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September 8, 2011 4:14 AM

Review by Anonymous:

For : I recommend taking multi enzymes and probiotics with this medicine it will resolve your stomach problems.

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August 23, 2011 3:25 PM

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