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metformin for Diabetes, Type 2: Just diagnosed last week. Taking 500mg 2 x day. Only side effect I've had is increased anxiety after taking the morning dose. I've had sporadic anxiety episodes in the past but they appear to have increased.
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Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: My doctor recommend glucophage 500mg twice a day, with breakfast and dinner. With breakfast also take 5mg Glocotrol. It made my sugar level /- 100 while previously was as high as 400.
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metformin for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I used metformin for about 3 months and only had nausea and heartburn after a greasy meal, this made me change to the Metformin ER. It did help me lose about 20 pounds which is great because with PCOS it is hard to lose weight. I only used this to lose some weight and make me ovulate (which only took about 3 weeks). I do not have insulin resistance. Overall this is a great drug for PCOS!
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metformin for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I was prescribed this about two months ago for PCOS (my doctor gave me the option to treat the symptoms or treat the root cause, and I choose the latter). She started me out on a low dose and worked up to a full dose, which helped a lot with side effects. I felt mildly nauseous all the time until I started focusing on really eating right. If I eat a good, healthy dinner right before I take the pills, I don't feel sick at all. Another side effect, I've lost all interest in alcohol because it makes me feel terrible immediately. This has forced me to change my lifestyle, but in a good way. I've lost some weight and just generally feel better.
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metformin for Diabetes, Type 2: I was on Meformin for about a month (500mg twice a day). I was told that it would give me stomach problems and loose stools, but since I have irritable bowel syndrome, that didn't worry me. As it turns out, this medicine had the opposite affect. I had constipation all the time. Only a good dose of laxatives would help, but even then I had to strain pretty hard to relieve myself. Finally, my doctor decided to take me off the medication, since my readings were in the mid 80's. I've been off for about two days and I'm feeling very light-headed. I'm hoping this will pass soon. My readings are still good, and the constipation is abating.
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metformin for Diabetes, Type 2: I am a 64 year old male. I stopped taking this drug (along with Glimepiride) after only 8 days because I was experiencing constant exhaustion and shortness of breath. Walking up the steps caused me to pant and have to sit and rest. I wanted to sleep all the time. I never took a sugar reading during the 8 days I was taking it, so it may very well have worked to lower my sugar. I just couldn't live with the side effects, and felt better within hours of stopping taking it (and Glimepiride). I will go back to my doctor after the holiday to try something else.
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metformin for Diabetes, Type 2: I was given metformin for borderline type 2 diabetes. It made me want to sleep all the time, caused my sugar to go up, and caused stomach pain. Obviously this medication is not for me.
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Glucophage XR (metformin) for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Did not resolve polycystic ovarian syndrome completely, but did improve quality of life by treating my subclinical insulin resistance. Metformin extended release 1000mg/day.
metformin for Diabetes, Type 2: I started this 1 year ago. The first day I couldn't leave the bathroom, after that it was okay, but it gives me gas and cramps really bad, and it still does. If I eat, it goes away. No gain or loss in weight on this drug. I'm not fat. I do crave carbohydrates on it though. My A1C usually is in the six's most of the time. I have it checked every three months. I was fighting this disease on my own, but for me I gave up after three years because I was very limited to what I could eat. I was diagnosed 4 years ago with a starting A1C of 13. Got it down to 8 with no medicines, but that is when I gave up because the life style is just not conducive to normal life.
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metformin for Insulin Resistance Syndrome: Metformin is helping me drastically in that it controls my insulin resistance. First side effects were gas and diarreah, and some bad breath, but those have gone away. I recommend this to anyone who has sugar problems!
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Glucophage XR (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: I started glucophage xr on February 20. I can not believe how much better I feel. Before glucophage I spent every waking minute thinking about what I would eat next. For the last 5 years I stayed under 1000 calories a day, and my readings were 175 or 83, I was up and down like a yo-yo all day and night. I gained weight constantly, I weighed in at 196lbs on Feb 20. Now 2 months later on glucophage I have lost 29 lbs, and I eat like a normal person. I can't believe the difference. The first week on it I had some nausea but it went away and I now have no side effects. I keep thinking this is a fluke, a pill can't make that much of a difference. I feel better than I have in 20 years, I now have energy because I am eating enough and my readings are amazing.
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metformin for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I was recently diagnosed (finally) with PCOS. I have had irregular periods since I was 13. In the past the only thing that would regulate me was birth control, but since my husband and I have been trying for a baby I haven't been on birth control for quite some time. Just before getting confirmation on the PCOS I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and my family doctor put me on Metformin. She said lucky for me pregnancy was a side effect in some cases. I'm not pregnant yet, but I have started getting periods since I started taking it, for the first time in years. I feel really good about this medication, especially after reading everyone's comments. Thank you all for the great feedback. I look forward to the losing weight part too.
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metformin for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I recently found out I have a cyst on my ovary. I was experiencing pains for some time and had no idea what it was. I had always had a very good menstrual cycle. Anyway my doctor prescribed metformin and so here I am. I look forward to seeing results.
metformin for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: I have been using Metformin for about 1 month and have already seen results. I've lost 20lbs and have gotten my period on a regular basis. PCOS is not fun. I've become very emotional but with the proper medication, diet and exercise, it makes it a lot easier to cope with.
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