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Old 05-30-2011, 02:58 PM
 
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Hello all

My doc may put me on Metformin(Glucophage) to help with my PCOS. I find that I'm able to control what I eat for the first half of the day, but come evening, I just lose it on most occasions. I'm not totally sure if there's something wrong with me, but the doc will be meeting with me Wednesday and is addressing all my labs and starting me on something. I may need a progesterone-only BC pill and metformin to help get me back on track.

I'm so scared of the side effects. Not because I think I'll die, but I just have to work and hope I can still function as I seem to be one of those people who always gets side effects from stuff.

Have any of you lost weigh on this? If so, how much and how long did it take? I've read MANY reviews of metformin where the person ate sensibly and lost anywhere from 20-45 pounds the first 3 months without too much effort. Most of them just lowered their carbs and had more protein/dairy with veggies and fruits.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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20 to 45 pounds in three months? I haven't heard of anyone losing that amount of weight because of metformin. It's a nice thought, though.

I find that I'm starving in the evening, if I eat lunch too early. Try eating a later lunch and eat something to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Also, don't forget to eat a snack between meals to keep your glucose numbers level.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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20 to 45 pounds in three months? I haven't heard of anyone losing that amount of weight because of metformin. It's a nice thought, though.

I find that I'm starving in the evening, if I eat lunch too early. Try eating a later lunch and eat something to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Also, don't forget to eat a snack between meals to keep your glucose numbers level.
Have you tried taking it at night, instead? I heard that can help. I haven't started yet, but I'm worried. I hope I'm not sick as a dog at work.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:01 PM
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I was on metformin for several years. As to side effects, I found that I did better with the extended-release version. Immodium can be your friend in the beginning days, too. Start on Friday afternoon/evening so you can monitor effects on the weekend.

What worked for me was to lay out a low-carb meal plan, with plenty of vegetables - a couple of breakfasts, a couple of lunches, a few dinners. If you make your eating automatic, it will be easier to lose weight and to manage with metformin. If you're always trying to figure out what to eat, your eating plan can go awry really quickly. Good snacks are things like a handful of nuts (measure this, as most servings are 1/4 cup), 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with berries or tomato, 6 oz sugar free yogurt ... you want things that are slow-acting on blood sugar. I found that too many carbs increased my metformin's side effects.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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While I could not take Metformin for diabetes (gastric disturbance), I can take Janumet with no problem - it's Metformin and something else combined.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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I have been taking Metformin for over a year now and have had no side effects.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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Have you tried taking it at night, instead? I heard that can help. I haven't started yet, but I'm worried. I hope I'm not sick as a dog at work.
I do...one at lunch and one before bed. I have never had any side effects.

You're going to make yourself sick worrying so much about the medication. Do as another poster suggested and start your metformin on the weekend.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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Hello all

My doc may put me on Metformin(Glucophage) to help with my PCOS. I find that I'm able to control what I eat for the first half of the day, but come evening, I just lose it on most occasions. I'm not totally sure if there's something wrong with me, but the doc will be meeting with me Wednesday and is addressing all my labs and starting me on something. I may need a progesterone-only BC pill and metformin to help get me back on track.

I'm so scared of the side effects. Not because I think I'll die, but I just have to work and hope I can still function as I seem to be one of those people who always gets side effects from stuff.

Have any of you lost weigh on this? If so, how much and how long did it take? I've read MANY reviews of metformin where the person ate sensibly and lost anywhere from 20-45 pounds the first 3 months without too much effort. Most of them just lowered their carbs and had more protein/dairy with veggies and fruits.

I take Metfomin for PCOS as well although in my situation is a little different. I some bouts of hypogylcimeia instead of having elevated blood sugars. Which according to my doctor could be part of the reason why it took over 10 years of TTC before getting a diagnosis of PCOS. Anyway I started taking Metformin in March/April 2011. I have lost approx 20 pounds (and I am trying to lose more). My appetite is greatly reduced, and I do not crave sweets like I previously did. I have found that I actually crave veggies/fruits more now so that obviously helps with weight loss.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:14 PM
 
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I've taken Metformin for over two years, 2 in the morn and 2 at night, no weight loss for me.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:05 AM
 
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I had some initial weight loss from metformin. I think it was in part due to having diarrhea initally(sorry for the TMI), a slightly diminshed appetite and a sort of metallic taste. All those side effects went away though.
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