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User Reviews for Metformin

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

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Swollen legs, very swollen ankles !"

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) February 4, 2018

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "I found out I had PCOS and insulin resistance last year. I tried to lose weight naturally and without success. Started on metformin 500 twice a day after food and had terrible stomach problems plus depression. My husband noticed I was terribly low. Then doctor recommended 1000mg slow release and have felt fantastic for the last 3 months. Cravings gone, don’t feel lethargic after eating and have much more energy. I have lost 5kg of fat and been able to build muscle easily with a good meal plan. Very happy but wondering if I should go back to check my glucose tolerance again and if I can or should increase."

   
9.0

YoUo (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 30, 2018

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I’ve been taking it a couple of years. The first month or so was horrible with side effects all over my body. That all went away pretty quickly. Before taking metformin, I struggled daily with functioning due to low blood sugar. Now I have almost no problems functioning."

   
9.0

amber123456 January 17, 2018

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "This medicine does not do anything for me"

HAMBONE45 December 18, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 1.5 months ago. My A1C was 15.8, Urine Glucose over 500 (test max) and my first home blood glucose test was 577. My doctor had me start with one metformin 500mg ER tablet a day for the first week, then two a day since then. I also was prescribed a 5mg tablet of glipizide a day. My Blood Glucose has been in the 85-150 range the past month. I have modified my diet some. I did experience some diarrhea, though am over it now."

   
8.0

Clay_Stewart (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 12, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "This was the first drug they tried for me when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was unlucky to get one of the rare side effects. It made me super drowsy to where I couldn't get out of bed. When I did get up for maybe eating or bathroom, I felt like a zombie. Working was impossible. I went off the med, felt better, and tried it a second time with the same effect. I gave this a two because I know this drug can work for some people. It works well for my husband with minimal side effects. Just not for me."

   
2.0

Sha00 (taken for less than 1 month) December 9, 2017

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For Insulin Resistance Syndrome: "I've been taking Glucophage 750mg slow release for almost 2 months to regulate my insulin resistancy and 15 kg weight gain after giving a birth. Since then I have lost 5 kg which is really great since I am trying to lose weight for 5 years. I don't feel food cravings. The problem is that I have serious heart palpitations - arrythmias like skipping every 2nd 5th 10th beat. Sometimes I feel dizziness from palpitations. I stopped the medicine for 3 days and symptoms were almost gone. Then I started again med and Palpitations are back. I don't know what to do since I really need to treat my insulin resistancy. I have in my family diabetes, stroke and heart disease and I am only 40 now."

   
8.0

Majeva December 7, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I started taking metformin 500mg twice daily this June and had hell of symptoms like diarrhoea, stomach ache, dizziness, weakness etc. But the condition improved within a month of use. Never felt so energetic and cheerful. 6 months on and have increased to 1500mg per day. Request the users not to discontinue without feeling the positive effects."

Jags.chd (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 5, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Took metformin when I was first diagnosed back in 2011, it worked fine at first. Since 2012 I've noticed increased hair breakage and loss. Finally this year I stopped taking it. Like I said it was great in the beginning but in the end I'm dealing with bald patches and trying to get my hair to grow back."

   
6.0

Harlemlaw November 27, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Doctors should take this medicine before prescribing it. Took 2000mg for 2 two weeks with no help with my diabetes numbers. It made me depressed after 6 days, I have never felt like this ever in my life. I burned all my digestive system, hurt my stomach , my esophagus and colon, felt nauseous. Could only go to restroom once a day, I used to go at least 3 times a day. From day 3 and on, I had a nagging headache, not too painful but annoying. About the third day, my mouth started tasting like sewer, nasty taste."

Martrob111 November 21, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "Terrible medication in my experience. It helped very little with a1c and blood sugar control. I did not have any day to day side effects from this medication however I continuously suffered from high lactic acid levels which created severe pains all over my body which was just too much to take. I have switched to another oral medication and seeing the results that I have been searching for. As far as this medication- never again. I started it for Polycystic ovarian syndrome; later used for type 2 diabetes ."

   
2.0

Jessmarie7130 (taken for 5 to 10 years) November 18, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I have been taking metforman for several months and it has helped immensely. The only problems I have are with the smell and taste. Both are awful!"

   
8.0

Northern NY (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 29, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I began Metformin 2 years ago, dosage of 1000 mg daily at dinner. Initial issues with loose bowels, gas, resolved with in 4-6 weeks. Seemed to help reduce blood sugar, but room for improvement so after 6 months, increased to 1500 mg. Six months later, at check up, I complained of chronic bilateral leg pain. Dr ordered blood work. No problems there. Prescribed anti inflammatory diet, increased Metformin to 2000 mg. Leg pain got worse, especially in the morning after exercising (weight training, mostly.) Most excruciating morning, after celebration, with an increase in alcohol intake. Really affecting ADL’s.Stumbled upon info about Metformin, alcohol, lactic acidosis, muscle pain. Doctor’s nurse didn’t ask questions when I asked about dosage. I stopped taking. PAIN GONE W/I WEEK."

   
7.0

Alre (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 16, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "side effects are horrible"

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 20, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "My estranged husband was sent to the ER twice 5 days ago, 1st time they sent him home after 3 hrs., then his friend brought him back at 3am the next night, as his friend thought he looked so bad! He got sick on a Sun and got progressively worse over the next few days. Awful nausea couldn't eat was so weak he could not get up. They did all sorts of tests and his ER doc said it wasn't metformin as his blood work didn't show lactic acidosis. But after reading reviews from other people who had similar effects, I am convinced the metformin is to blame."

   
1.0

Wifely September 19, 2017

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Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: "I have side effects from most brands of genetic metformin because they use cheap fillers. Real Glucophage is my only option. Why is it so expensive? My insurance won't cover it. But I have no side effects. Guess it's worth it."

   
9.0

TerieV (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 15, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I been taking metformin for five years I would have little stomachache but I wasn't bad, it's would control my diabetes but I had to stop taking metformin because I started having upper G.I problem & sweating really badly. I been off of metformin for almost two years."

   
8.0

Gaj10 (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 14, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I've been taking metformin for years but I'm finding that different generics not only are less affected but give me more acid and G.I. problems. Teva was good but they stop making it. Sun pharmacuticals/ Cacarowas also good at contolling BG. WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS but I find the pharmacies are carrying cheaper generics particularly with the Medicare drug plan insurance. I'm finding that my blood sugar is not as well controlled and I'm having more problems with nausea and cramping though no diarrhea. I may have to switch to something else I'll see what the next A1 C is like"

   
6.0

MollyMet (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 26, 2017

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Glucophage (metformin) for Diabetes, Type 2: "Excellent control but caused me lactic acidosis"

   
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Cherry mohammed August 23, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Hey OP sorry I didn't read through the thread so not sure if anyone mentioned this but I used to take regular metformin 500mg 2x per day but like you I would be on and off cause it literally made me so sick and tired. But recently my new doctor recommended metformin extended release. I swear it's been a life changer for me. I take 500 mg per day and I've been losing weight and it doesn't make me feel sick at all! I've also been taking biotin simultaneously which has increased my overall mood and energy, not to mention my hair and nails have been growing too!"

   
9.0

Helman (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 22, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "Hi, I've been on Metformin off and on for years. I had no idea it was supposed to help with weight. Honestly, when I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2009 my doctor made it sound like I just needed to lose weight and it would go away. I was also 21 and had no idea how to advocate for myself. When I walked out of the Dr.s office I thought I was informed on everything I needed to know. So as I'm reading these posts I'm shocked! I've been sitting at 220lb for years. I do Crossfit, I eat well and my job is very active. I naively got off of Metformin because of the nausea and bowel discomfort I was experiencing. I've never given it more than a month. I started taking it again 3 days ago. 850mg twice a day. I'm encouraged and hope to see some changes"

smayruss August 4, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I have been on metformin for 6 months at 500mg and I've only lost 7 pounds. First off, I'm 5'9 and 152 pounds. I started at 159 pounds. My goal is to get to 140lb and get pregnant considering that's what my doctor suggested. I have tried everything to loose weight, I literally ate lettuce and excercised like crazy prior to trying metformin, nothing worked. I even looked at liposuction. I didn't have any diarrhea, sometimes when I ate too much I felt nauseous on the medication. However, the medicine helps curb your appetite. I barely ate anything. Maybe I had eggs in the morning, no bread. Lunch soup with salad and at night nuts and yogurt. I can't believe I only lost 7 pounds. I'm still NOT pregnant, yet I do I have regular periods."

   
6.0

Jessica81213 July 30, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "I was on Metformin when I was first diagnosed with type 2. It had no effect on my A1C or my daily levels. I tried it for 2 years. I ended up with diarrhea all the time. They tried switching me to metformin ER(SR) and that didn't help either. I then was switched glyburide 5mg 2 times a day. The first dose dropped my blood sugar into the 50's. I called the Dr she switched it to 2.5mg twice a day. my A1C is down to 5.6 my daily levels are back to normal. Just because a drug is effective for one person it may not be for another. Don't be afraid to ask questions."

   
1.0

Paulak63 (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 26, 2017

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For Diabetes, Type 2: "On the couch all day yesterday with stomach pains, slept like crap and feel like I'm drunk or really tired with a heavy body to day at work. Im 43, 5,6 and 180lbs...."

Four days into using (taken for less than 1 month) July 24, 2017

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For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: "I've been taking metformin for about 3 weeks . I lost over 20lbs so far. My starting weight was 240lbs and my current weight is 217lbs . I'm 24 yr old and I'm about 5"2'. I had no bad side effects on metformin."

   
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DaniCandi (taken for less than 1 month) July 22, 2017

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