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

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180 Ratings with 193 User Reviews

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"I am 26 and have PCOS. I use this medication when trying to conceive. I have been TTC for 12 months and nothing was happening so my doctor prescribed me Metformin 500mg in the morning and 500mg at night. I only had to take the medication for 2 months before I was pregnant. The medication does give me diarrhea at the beginning of starting it but I suffer from chronic constipation so I sort of don't mind that side effect in a weird way. I do notice I am losing a little bit of weight as I take this medication as well."

   
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AshleyS. April 17, 2017

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"I was diagnosed with PCOS at 22 I am now 29, I have had regular periods due to birth control, but my doctor mentioned metformin for me to go on because My husband and I want to start a family. I have read some successful stories and I am so glad to see them. I was 280 lbs at one point, I was sad, and hated myself for being that big but I got through it. I started going to the gym and trying to eat better, I lost 80 and then some but I have put back on about 15 and pushed be back to 200lbs and it's hard to keep the weight off. At the gym 5 times a week soon, trying to get healthy to have a baby besides going on the medication. Wish me luck!!"

Dani1025 April 5, 2017

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"Was having good results with no side effects for years until the drug companies wanted to produce it at a cheaper cost. Drugs are now mostly made in India and China. I am extremely allergic to some of the inactive ingrediants. Stomach issues, body rash, swelling and bleeding skin around the eyes and leg pain. I am now forced to use metformin in a liquid form that is made at a local compound pharmacy to avoid impurities at a cost of $70 a month for a twice daily dose."

   
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Change in med ingrediants (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 5, 2017

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"Horrible. Horrible migraines, hot flashes, stomach pain, diarrhea. Just horrible"

   
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Solpcos (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 24, 2017

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"I was diagnosed with PCOS at the end of my junior year in high school. I am 24 years old now at first I was just given spironolactone and birth control to treat my PCOS because I would have periods every other week. I kept gaining weight I was 127 pounds when I first got diagnosed and now up to 171 pounds. Went to the doctor about 2 weeks ago to see if there was anything I could do to help me lose weight she prescribed me metformin ER 500 mg twice daily,I have only been on the medicine for about 2 weeks and haven't seen any weight changes but I have noticed that my appetite has been curbed some. I am hoping for the best with the medication."

light at the end of tunnel March 23, 2017

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"I got my first period when I was 11 and was regular up until I was 14 and then they stopped. Fast forward to 2015 and I hadn't had a period at all for 5 years. I decided to finally do something about it, I was actually enjoying the lack of periods to be honest! I had some tests done and the diagnosis of PCOS was confirmed. My doctor put me on metformin 500mg twice a day and I hated it. I was so nauseous for the first two weeks, frequent diarrhea and lots of dizziness but it all passed. After that I began to have more energy aaaaand my period came back. It makes you feel really gross at first but if you can survive the first few weeks you'll be all good!"

   
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georgiaedwards (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 5, 2017

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"Hi everyone, I usually got my period once in 3 months and when the Dr diagnosed me of PCOS in 2013, he prescribed metformin for me but it gave me serious gastrointestinal issues so I stopped it barely after 2 weeks. After I got married in 2015, we started TTC and along the line bumped into this page. I summoned courage and got metformin again by October 2016, this time I didn't mind the side effects but took it judiciously at 1500mg/day. My period became a tad regular and viola......we got a BFP in Feb 2017!!! In the end please don't forget to keep praying . Goodluck guys."

   
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Trinity101 March 3, 2017

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"Have been struggling with PCOS for a long time but wasn't diagnosed till I was 23. I gained 30lbs (155lbs)and stayed that weight no matter what I tried for a few years. Then I got pregnant (no issues at this point) and had my son... but ballooned up to 211lbs during pregnancy and after I had him could only get down to 175lbs. Fast forward a few years and we were trying for 7 months to conceive a second time with no luck. Someone suggested I take Metformin so I tried it. Within 2 weeks I was pregnant. Now have a 4 month old little girl. Worked for me, and I am so thankful for it. I am going to go back on it after she turns 6 months cause now I need to lose weight badly and the acne is killing me. I'm 5'4 and 190lbs!"

   
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Happymom83 February 24, 2017

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"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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"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."

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

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"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."

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

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"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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"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."

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

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"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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"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"

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

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"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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"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."

   
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REQueen December 5, 2016

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"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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"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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"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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"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?"

   
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DonnaHartnett November 1, 2016

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"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."

   
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Ann33112 October 31, 2016

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"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"

   
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Griton October 28, 2016

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"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."

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

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"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"

   
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Skye Lynn October 24, 2016

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