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User Reviews for Metformin

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

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Glumetza (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: "I've been taking Glumetza ER (500mg) for three weeks now and so far so good. My levels came down to 85-115 within the first five days from 230. I take it with breakfast but I'm thinking about changing it to dinner time because my numbers always go up while I'm sleeping. I sometimes get a slight headache about five hours after I take it and right about the same time have loose stools. It doesn't bother me as long as it keep my numbers down. I've lost a total of 11 pounds since finding out I'm type 2 and using Glumetza ER. I'm 32, 180lbs, 5'3" and a mother to two beautiful girls."

   
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California Gal (taken for less than 1 month) February 15, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I was age 19 when diagnosed with PCOS . I did my research shortly before I sought medical help for it even though I did get a cycle every month. When I saw my gyn and told her about my research on metformin she prescribed me my own script . I took 1,000 mg twice daily for 30 days and felt great. I then conceived me daughter June of 2013 and had her March 2014. No problems taking it throughout pregnancy , it helps reduce the risk of miscarriage as well . And yes my Gyn gave me this info and benefits during pregnancy !"

   
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Yvonne R February 15, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I am 20 years old. A few months ago I was diagnosed with PCOS, before I knew I had it I noticed that I couldn't loose any weight no matter how hard I tried. My doctor prescribed me Metformin and Spironolactone. When I first started the meds, I was vomiting a lot and diarrhea but I did see changes in my body, I started feeling lighter and I was loosing weight within a month. I'm in college so it was hard for me getting those side effects at school so I stopped it for a time. Now I started using it again because I want to loose weight hopefully it keeps working. Btw besides helping with weight metformin helps make you fertile. So if your not planning on having kids now, you should be on birth control too."

   
8.0

Matos (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 9, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I've been on 500mg of Metformin for twice a day since Nov 1 for T2 Diabetes. Today is Feb 8 and to date I have lost over twelve pounds without feeling like I've even tried. It not only helps reduce my appetite, but I also feel full sooner. I haven't had any terrible side effects, some mild diarrhea, but that's it."

   
9.0

Happy Metformin User (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 8, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I am now 36 years old I had self dx myself with PCOS in Oct 2015 age 34.I have always had irregular periods what flagged me was the rapid weight gain, acne , no period for 3 mo,hair growth on my chin.At first I thought maybe I was pregnant I went to see my Dr explained all the issues and had a blood test and was negative although my testosterone levels were abnormally high mind you this is where the hair growth comes in. Just started seeing a new DR explained situation and I have started Metformin so far so good.Slight diarrhea for a day or two nothing big mind you the side effect is possible Gastro issues such as diarrhea. Out of all the reviews and talk with the Dr this is the best solution especially for someone wanting to conceive."

   
8.0

Torres18 (taken for less than 1 month) February 8, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "This's my first time writing a review. I'm doing this today to share my experience with you beautiful ladies, who are having difficulties conceiving due to pcos. I'm 31, My period had been irregular since I was 14, Some times I don't menstruate for a whole year. I was misdiagnosed at first and in 2015 I had a proper diagnoses which happen to be pcos. My husband and I got married in 2014 since then we started trying to conceive with no luck for one year. My OBGYN put me on metformin 500mg daily, I took it for three months my period never came and I talk to my endocrinologist, she increased my dose gradually to 2500mg max. Two weeks later my period came and the following month I got pregnant with my daughter! She's 8months and 2 weeks"

   
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Sila February 4, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Diagnosed with PCOS at 22. Had not had a period in about a year. Gained about 30 pounds in six months. Started metformin And started period six weeks later. No weight loss yet, but also no weight gain. Taking metformin at night 1500mg. Found out better to take in the evening with meals."

   
9.0

Eruh (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 4, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I took this for years and it was effective. Then I started getting very short dizzy spells. I knew something was not right, and ended up fainting and in the hospital - my blood pressure dropped and I had sepsis in my bladder. I am "allergic" to this medicine, so be very careful! If you don't feel right, go to the Dr.!"

   
1.0

plb January 26, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I'm 27, I was diagnosed with PCOS late 2013 my OB doctor requested to have a vaginal ultrasound to figure out what is going on because no menstration at 3months and negative pregnancy test then she found out that I having a PCOS the doctor prescribed me a pills but I used to it at least 2 months but because I was gaining weight then I'll stopped it. After 2 years, me and my soon to be husband plan to have a baby, I'll go to google to search what is best medicine to PCOS the google answered METFORMIN that time I have no menstration for 3months so I decided to take the metformin at first I take 500mg once a day for 1week, then after 2weeks 1000mg twice a day. I took this medicine almost 10 months from March 2016 to Jan 2017.. and now, I'm pregnant!!"

   
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Adara January 21, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I have diabetes type 2. My doctor prescribed 500mg two times a day. After the fourth day, I noticed my heart was racing, sometimes at 90 beats a minute. My heart had NEVER done that, as I am in excellent shape, a power walker/jogger. I knew that the metformin caused it because as I sat with wife over supper, I took the 500mg pill half way through the meal. Within a few minutes my heart was pounding almost out of control. My blood pressure monitor showed normal blood pressure, but a pulse of 101. I stopped the drug right away. The problem is that it takes 4 days for this damn drug's effects to leave the body. So now I am taking a sedative which lowers the heart rate, while I wait for these 4 days to pass. I am a 67 year old male."

   
1.0

aquadur5 January 18, 2017

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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."

   
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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!"

   
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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!"

   
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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."

   
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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"

   
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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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