User Reviews for Metformin
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Reviews for Metformin to treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Review by maymay2015:
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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February 16, 2015 1:03 PM
Review by megie:
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.
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February 15, 2015 12:21 PM
Review by Sami panda:
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.
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February 1, 2015 4:46 AM
Review by chelsea97:
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.
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January 29, 2015 12:34 AM
Review by Petra11111 (taken for less than 1 month):
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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January 25, 2015 4:33 PM
Review by PCOSCOgirl:
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.
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January 24, 2015 9:44 PM
Review by Tooth fairy209:
Metformin helped regulate my cycle but it did not help me ovulate.
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January 5, 2015 3:46 PM
Review by Sasha28:
I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome at the age 14, now I am 28 y/o. 2012, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I've gained 30 lbs., which is hard to lose. So many years has passed before I started using metformin the regular and the extended version. My last period was back in May 2014. Today, Dec 2014, I started my first period and I am so excited about. Moving forward, my next step is to conceive, become diabetic free, and facial hair free. For years, my facial hair has caused low self esteem and shots at my confidence. A few times people on the radio, makes fun of women with beards and it's not easy hearing jokes about some health complications that I did not ask for. However, I feel like a complete woman today and I plan to keep updated.
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December 21, 2014 1:39 PM
Review by deley (taken for 1 to 2 years):
I got diagnosed with polycystic ovarian yndrome when I was 16. I'm now 31. I've been taking metformin 1000mg three times a day. I have lost 2 stones in 17 months. I still don't have a cycle & still get unwanted hair I get lots of wind & diarrhea when I've eaten sugary food so if your taking metformin watch your sugar intake.
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November 18, 2014 7:14 PM
Review by Jo-ela:
This medication has changed my life!!! I only regret that I did not take it sooner (like in my 20's) After suffering through years of acne and struggling to get pregnant when I wanted (frustrating business when your not ovulating at all) and people asking constantly if I was pregnant (due to my big fat tummy that I could NEVER get rid of...) I finally found Metformin. Now, not only has my skin cleared up, my weight also came off AND I was able to have my beautiful 4th child easily - because my periods have become bang on regular. I am so blessed to have had four children with polycystic ovarian syndrome but it was a long road trying for most of them. This medicine HAS changed my life in that it has given me ME back - the CONFIDENT ME I am supposed to be.
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October 28, 2014 3:04 AM
Review by clarieh:
I have been on metformin ( the regular one) 850mg once a day at night since May 2014 for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The first day I took it I had the worst explosive diarrhea. I persisted with it and it was giving me bouts of nausea, stomach cramps, poor sleep and diarrhea. It has been 3 months now and the symptoms have stopped. I think if you persist at it, and definitely take it after a meal, it will be okay! My periods are still being artificially controlled with norethisterone daily so I can't comment if metformin has regulated my menses, but I am hoping to stop the norethisterone soon!
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August 19, 2014 3:22 AM
Review by Mason25 (taken for less than 1 month):
My story is similar to those who have posted. I gained A LOT of weight, and had unwanted hair growth due to the polycystic ovarian syndrome. I've been on metformin for almost 3 weeks and have lost 13lbs. The day I started the metformin, I also started a low carb diet. Prior to metformin, I couldn't control my craving for salty, carb filled food. For the past two and a half weeks I have been able to finally control the cravings. My energy levels have increased by 50%. I also waxed the unwanted hair the day I started, and already I have noticed that less is growing back in. I wish I started metformin two years ago because I literally feel like PCOS has taken two years of my life away from me! I hope it works for others as well as it has worked for me.
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July 26, 2014 8:14 PM
Review by Sum21 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Since my last child 5 years ago my body has been all out of whack piling on the weight, late periods or none at all for months on end, no matter how much I dieted and exercised the weight would not come off. My doctor diagnosed me with depression at first and took bloods to find out I had polycystic ovarian syndrome. I have been prescribed two 500mg doses a day of metformin and at first had quite a bad stomach upset for approximately the first 3 weeks. I am now rolling into my 5th week and feel great. The weights slowly coming off and the side effects are non existent now. Hoping to conceive a child soon if things go to plan.
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March 9, 2014 11:13 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I have been taking 1000mg Metformin ER once per day for 3 weeks now. Experienced barely any side effects about from a little nausea for 2 days but nothing more after that (for anyone experiencing nausea, my gyno really emphasised to take it with a meal to stop you from feeling that way). I feel great while taking it and have lost 4.5 kilo's already (with moderate exercise). I haven't had a period in 104 days. But have been feeling some cramps the last few days, so hopefully the metformin will begin to regulate my crazy cycles.
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March 9, 2014 6:11 AM
Review by ElleBee:
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 18 years ago. My experience has been horrible. Very irregular cycles. Ranging from massive bloat, extreme flow, severe cramps, night sweats and facial hair. I maybe have 3 periods every 2 years. Finally my doctor put me on Metformin. The side effects for me are pretty bad. Mainly stomach pain and diarrhea. I work through it because I know my body will adjust. I've heard great things about this medicine and I'm willing go through a little discomfort to improve my irregular cycle.
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October 16, 2013 4:16 PM
Review by Alyssa911:
After 6 months of taking the extended release metformin my cycle started and had being on point for the past 4 months. My acne has begun to clear and I feel better. Now begins my diet and exercise to drop excess weight. Unfortunately for my hair what has grown out will not go away, but I was also given spironolactone to prevent any more from growing until then waxing and plucking will work. Hope my review helped!
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September 4, 2013 12:20 PM
Review by Frustrated PCOS Lady (taken for less than 1 month):
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 Toria Lynn:
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 Anonymous:
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 (taken for less than 1 month):
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):
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 mamabobcat71 (taken for less than 1 month):
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 Matsi:
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:
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:
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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