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User Reviews for Metformin

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

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I'm 28, I was diagnosed with PCOS at 27 after no periods for 4 months (usually regular), GP prescribed Metformin & told me to lose weight. I’ve been taking Metformin since late November 2016 (about 8 weeks now) & my period arrived (with a vengeance) the first week of January 2017, so about 6 weeks after starting. Can’t tell if it was the pills but I like to think it helped. Metformin makes me nauseous sometimes, I snack less. I occasionally have upset stomach & diarrhoea. I make sure I’m near a toilet before eating a proper meal. I drink lots of water, & don’t take any other pills. It’s hard not to worry but follow the plan and take it easy on yourself. I’m glad I was given Metformin & will continue to take it. All the best xxx"

   
8.0

Jess_0 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 16, 2017

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "When I first started taking this medication, it was horrible. I had extreme fatigue, stomach cramping, abnormal bowel movements, and even threw up blood a few times. Despite all of this, I lowered my dosage but stayed on the medication and I've never felt better. After around 3 weeks of that, I started feeling normal and dropping weight. I'm down 25lbs combined with only a healthy diet. It suppresses my appetite, but not enough to cause any harm. I am on 500mg 2x a day. Give the medication a chance a lot of people have to take it for a couple months for it to work properly."

   
10

Hannah19986 January 9, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Diagnosed with T2 diabetes Nov 14 2016. Sugar level is 300 A1C is 12 . After a month of taking Metformin 500gm twice a day, by December my blood sugar is 250 did not take another A1C as the doctor plans to get another one by March 2017. Our goal for A1C is at least 7 and blood sugar is 100. So, been trying hard to get 150 off. But, recently been skipping meds as we moved to another house and the holiday season and full time job...it's not easy. Been getting dizzy, cramping is way too much for me that I just don't want to move at all. Yes... losing weight is good because the doctor said I weigh from 165 to 138 and I need to lose at least 20 lbs more. Seriously, right food to eat is what I am still searching."

   
7.0

Lorn (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 2, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Diagnosed in August 2016. Tried a few of the newer drugs, reactions just fine, but insurance would only pay a fraction of these meds. So, settled on Metformin. It does the job but I suffer from digestive/intestinal gas problems. I combat these with diarrhea meds and an acid reducer. It has helped but I would like to take the newer drugs if my rx plan would pay a substantial amount of the cost."

   
8.0

dmc66 December 31, 2016

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "In general I have loose stools, but while on the drug, a sneeze or cough and I would soil myself. This became such a problem I didn't want to leave the house. I never lost any weight during my time on this medication."

   
3.0

I was on the dru for 2 months. December 22, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "For the past year I have been keenly exercising on top of a previously healthy diet. Despite this, I put on weight (thanks PCOS). I then came off hormonal birth control in May and the weight gain happened quicker. My diet was heavily restricted, I ramped up the exercise constantly and nothing changed. It cost £600 privately but I got a metformin prescription. It's only been two weeks and what a difference. Almost 7lbs lost (back to healthy weight range) with no lifestyle change (but I do eat clean and exercise daily). One upset tummy three days in but nothing more. I feel like finally the work I have put in over the last year is visible and it feels so, so good. I've almost cried with relief multiple times!"

   
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NixieKnox (taken for less than 1 month) December 12, 2016

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Because their system doesn't let me tell you how bad I felt, now all I can tell is that do not take it!"

   
1.0

Corea December 6, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with PCOS late. I am 49 years old but didnt know I had PCOS for quite a few years. I just thought it was early menopause. I gained 100 lbs in 2 years. I started at 285 lbs. Here is the key: Whatever the doc prescribes, start first week taking only one 500 mg pill per day and take it after you have had a few bites of your meal, then eat the rest of your meal. Then the second week, add the 2nd pill per day, etc. Its all about gradual adding. Per this smart doc, if you allow your body to get used to it the first week and take with food, you will be less likely to suffer the nausea, etc. Using it, I have finally had a period and my energy level has increased. I am looking forward to the weight loss and other benefits."

   
9.0

REQueen December 5, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I'm 21 and I was diagnosed with pcos two years ago, I had gained around 100lbs and was miserable, I found it impossible to lose weight - I was eating a bowl of lettuce a day and working out for two hours a day and I still either gained weight or maintained. My doctor put me on 500mg of metoformin three times a day, I was worried about side effects but the only things I have experienced are acid reflux and slight nausea - but the nausea makes me less likely to snack on things so it's actually kind of a good thing. I've been taking it for around 3 months and I only started losing weight on it last week, since last week I've lost a pound a day without even trying!"

   
9.0

Skye J (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 4, 2016

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "My Husbend is overweight. We took this drug to help him lose weight. However everyone in his family has diabetes or pre-diabetes. His A1C at the time was 5.7 and he weighed about 210. He is 5.6. The weight should be 165-170. I don't know however if we took the brand name or a generic form. I also don't remember the amount he took. Anyway, he lost like 5-10 pounds on it and after that no more. But we saw around that time a rise in his estrogen from 35 to 49. The lab say that it should be up to 40. When we married 2 years prior, it was 35. So I knew what it was to begin with. I can't say for sure that metaphorine did it. However, we got off of it and now one year later it went back to 35. Trace your estrogen before taking this"

   
8.0

Shem100 (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 4, 2016

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "I took Metformin Hcl ER 500 mg 2xday, for 2 years. I never felt quite well w it, especially the constant fatigue. So I stopped. Now , 11/16, I was prescribed it again, & almost immediately became lethargic, weak, plus experienced extreme muscle pain & stiffness in quadriceps (frontal thigh muscles) which caused my legs to become so weak & stiff, walking was difficult."

   
1.0

Nanel (taken for less than 1 month) December 3, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Was RX metformin to try for symptomatic issues with reactive hypo. Related to PCOS. I also failed the OGGT test 3 years ago and had a 6.2 A1C and be of 120. I wasn't able to handle even a half of a dose. It made me feel really spacey almost like I had taken anti-anxiety medicine. It also caused me to have very high blood sugar. My bs after a snack was 180. One morning it was even 105 fasting. That's never been my case. Stopped taking it and can really feel my body detoxing out of my system. My bs are back to normal. BS 84 fasting and 118 after a very yummy sweet potatoe soufflé (guilty). This medication was definitally doing more harm than good. Went and got my A1C checked so we'lol what it's now after 3 years"

   
2.0

APerson123456 November 21, 2016

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I'm a 35 yr old African American female with a long standing family history of diabetes. While I was devastated to get a diagnosis of diabetes back in August, I was determined not to let it beat me. My a1c back in August was 8.3 and after taking metformin 500 mg twice a day and watching my diet and regular exercise, I am happy to report that my a1c that was checked this month is 6.3. I had very few and mild side effects like mild cramping and diarrhea, but stopped having after less than a week. The medication works for me and I'm hoping to get my a1c even lower come next check. Putting the Beat in diabetes."

   
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G2G 4ever November 21, 2016

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "I was prescribed Metformin 500 mg 2x/day for insulin resistance 5 weeks ago. I am down 15 pounds in a month (but still 85 to go) and have more energy to be more active in my daily life and energy to actually exercise (before I was always in pain and fatigued). I also am on a very strict diet of absolutely no carbs and low in fat/calories, so I can't be certain the success is due to Metformin. Also, this is the first time I have been prescribed meds for Type II diabetes so I cannot comment on how Metformin would be compared to, say, Invokana. However, I am pleased with it. This is not a magic pill for weight loss; I have also had to change my eating habits and level of activi"

   
9.0

FishNet07 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 11, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Took this medication 500 mg twice daily pre diabetic at first it was great then after two months started itching bad in hair on body, nope not living like that, stop taking it. 1 1/2 weeks still itching not as bad. Dri king lots of water."

Thee November 1, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Hi I was diagnose with PCOS since I'm a teenager. I'm taking this medicine for over a month now. My Dr prescribed to take it 500mg/2x a day, since I wanted to have a baby. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting to take it in the evening, I don't know if it's a side effect that I am losing weight and I'm very very very sick, I feel light-headed, unexplainable tiredness, and lower back aches or could this be a pregnancy? Can somebody help me?"

   
5.0

DonnaHartnett November 1, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I learned I have PCOS this summer. I'm 21. I have insulin resistance so I was put on Metformin. PLEASE think twice about taking this medicine. I was supposed to take 750mg twice a day. I have been on many medicines- for my bipolar, ADD, surgeries and I have never had a side effect, or one like this. If I took one dose at night it was 50/50 if I was going to throw up or not. If I took both doses I was 100% throwing up all day. I tried for 2-3 weeks to see if the side effects would go away and they never did. I couldn't live like that and went off it. Now I just have to be careful about what I eat. I am overweight and noticed no weight change. I would rather try to be healthier and weigh less the food-based way than be throwing up on this."

   
1.0

Ann33112 October 31, 2016

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Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: "Intestinal effects were greatly reduced by substituting name-brand Glucophage XR for generic metformin (various manufacturers), and a lower dose of Glucophage was sufficient to achieve a similar BG effect (daily dose reduced from 2000mg to 1500)."

   
9.0

RalfL October 29, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I am only 1 week diagnosed with PCOS ,I started having irregular periods after the use of injectable contraceptives(nur-isterate)2014 my periods resumed but being irregular and last year 2015 it started being regular again,and 2016 at about August i only spotted,and again September but ignorantly I continued without seeking medical help and this October CD20 decided to seek medical help and that's where I find out about PCOS,after TTC for 2 years with failure,DR put me on provera 10mg for 10days now CD 8 on provera.....but with the help of your reviews will be starting Metformin after provera and willing to take it for 3 months....crossing my fingers for its success"

   
8.0

Griton October 28, 2016

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Besides the diarrhea, my experience has been great! I was diagnosed in July with an A1C of 11.2!!!!!!!! I self diagnosed, called the doc and told her I thought I was diabetic. Keep in mind, I never knew what an A1C was until that day I was pissed! When I asked my doc what my A1C was in December, she told me 6, never EVER saying "Hey, you're pre-diabetic." They tried to also put me on insulin and I told them to kick rocks. 3 months later (2 days ago) my A1C is down to 6.7! Down 4.5 points! I'm hoping in 3 more months I can get it down to 5.5. That's my new goal."

   
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Darbabi (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 26, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "diagnosed at 15 (now 18) 5'3 ft 226lb. first I took 500 mg twice a day, plus I had spirolactone . no side effects. no weight change. acne was clearing up!!! was on dance team and did ballet. wasn't that depressed. recently (about 2 months) 5'3ft 230lb. 850 mg twice a day, no spirolactone. Acne came back (worse than ever), a little weight gain, more depressed, doing yoga now (quit dance team and ballet) no side effects. and I have to take iron pills twice daily."

   
2.0

emmaleejones_ (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 26, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Hi everyone my name is Rissy, I have been taken metformin 500mg since 3/2016. I'm 4'11 about 168lb I was diagnosed this year with PCOS after having been misdiagnosed years ago. I haven't had a regular period since I was 11 years and I didnt think anything of it. I would go years without having a nature period. Most of the time I had to be put on Provera to bring down my periods im 24 now. The Metformin is okay. I have a system with it- I will eat and take them before 8pm - if not you will wake up vomiting or worse diarrhea. Around 3 months into taking it i lost 25 pounds which is okay I am eating healthy salads, apples, cranberry juice thats just some of the light things. Its been progress so just take your time ladies and let the pills take its course. Have a good day"

   
7.0

Skye Lynn October 24, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I am 31 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS 2 weeks ago. I had my period regularly when I was 14 for one year. I haven't had a period since I was 15. I was put on Metformin 2 weeks ago . In the first week I lost eight pounds. My husband and I have been married for 5 years and are trying to conceive and have been unsuccessful so far. I'm really hoping this will work. I take metformin 500 mg 2x a day. I only had dizziness, upset stomach, and diarrhea for the first week. These have all subsided."

   
5.0

Blondechristy (taken for less than 1 month) October 23, 2016

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Hey everyone, I'm 23 nearly 24 and i have been diagnosed with PCOS since i was 15 years old and have since battled with my weight. I went back to the doctors today after reading all your reviews and she has prescribed me it! So i cant comment on it yet. However from reading your reviews I said to her that I haven't had any blood tests since being diagnosed and apparently I should have been tested every year for diabetes... so now have that to come! SO make sure you get them! Look forward to hearing everyones results and will repost mine when I know more!"

   
5.0

Charlie93 (taken for less than 1 month) October 19, 2016

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Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: "I have stoped taking glucophage 3 mounths ago and i have gained 3kg please help"

   
8.0

Magret b October 19, 2016

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