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7/9/19 6:06 A

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I was on metformin for about 4 years. No Problem, until now. I now suffer severe diarrhea, hair loss, and no sex drive. . Dr. Cut down subscription, but still have same symptoms. He won't put me on extended release because of heart medicine I'm on.

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7/7/19 1:25 A

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I've been on Metiformin since I was diagnosed with diabetes in Jan 2009. At first it did take a little time to get used to it. But now it doesn't cause me any problems and it is doing its job of keeping my A1c within normal limits.

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I took Metformin for several years, then quit because of a gastric reaction. I've been taking Glimepiride for over ten years, then had the same reaction. quit for a day, restarted with half dose, and am back on regular dose. The body does strange things as we age. 8-)

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6/28/19 9:28 A

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I use the extended release metformin. It's side effects are not as bad a the regular metformin. The regular metformin side effects were horrible.

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6/28/19 8:35 A

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I have been on 1000 mg x2 a day of Metformin for about 2 years. My A!C is 5.6

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I take 2 1000s. It took me 4 month to get used to it. If I forget one I get a headache so I try not to do that.



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The extended release form of Metformin has far fewer side effects than the regular. The recommended starting dose is usually 500 mg. If tolerated well (and most people do) then working up to the appropriate treatment dose (varies per patient) may proceed.

Things change when we get older as we tend to metabolize drugs differently. At Kaiser Permanente here in California, there's now a push to limit access to Metformin for patients over age 65. The reason being given for this is the concern that older diabetics die much more frequently from LOW blood sugar than from HIGH blood sugar. They seem to overlook the fact that Metformin rarely, if ever, causes low blood sugar in those taking it, no matter what their age is. Metformin limits the production and release of glucose from the liver. It has no effect whatever on dietary sources of glucose/starch. At full treatment dosage, Metformin can reduce post-meal meter readings by as much as 15 to 20 points, thus offering a blunting effect on the highest blood sugar readings. That doesn't mean much if your post-meal readings are routinely over 170 untreated. Metformins' greatest benefit is in reducing and or eliminating Dawn Phenomenon, which happens in order to prepare the body with extra blood sugar to get going in the morning. The brain signals the liver to provide it as dawn draws near, even when the diabetic's fasting blood sugar is already 126 or greater. Metformin holds Dawn Phenomenon in check. There are also benefits in weight loss and in fat reduction in the liver for those who have fatty liver problems.

The reasons that Metformin seems to have a bad name are: the prescribing of regular (with more side effects), not extended release, Metformin to those new to the drug and, the loss of patent protection, which means that Metformin is no longer a big money producer for drug companies. The biggest money earners are the newer drugs still under patent. These are not yet time-tested with huge numbers of patients. Naturally, these newest drugs get the most press and most favorable press. Metformin has been around for a long time and its' safety record is unparalleled among the drugs offered to treat diabetes. It's a pity that it's not prescribed more carefully. I had to tell my own doctor that I wanted the extended release form!

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I can not tolerate Metformin. Have symptoms of a heart attack with a few hours of taking it.
Have stopped. Am now working to improve type=2 diabetes by healthy appropriate diet, low carbs, no sugar and excercise. Need to lose 50 more lbs. Have lost 105 and maintained for over 10 years.

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3/1/19 9:51 P

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I was also on Metformin for several years. As I was reading the cautions about using it, I decided to talk to my doctor about it. She took me off of it.

Since then, I am not having the diarrhea that I had while on Metformin; my beauty operator told me that my hair was thickening up and Metformin contributes to hair loss.

I am so glad that I am off of it and doing better without it than with.

If it works for you that is fine; but, if it's not working, talk to your doctor.

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I'm presently on Metformin. I have found the Extended Release form of this drug to have far fewer side effects than the regular. My dosage recently increased to a second dose of the 500 mg. ER and I know, from experience, that I will tolerate the daily 1000 mg ER just fine. I have Type 2 and am very glucose-sensitive, probably because my liver is pumping out excessive sugar. Did you know that your liver pumps out glucose in response to stress or fasting? Metformin acts directly on the liver to dampen glucose production. As a result, I no longer have "Dawn Phenomena" where you go to bed with a reasonable blood sugar and wake up in the morning 30 points higher than when you went to sleep.

Like many diabetics, I'm obese and have fatty liver. Did you know that Metformin supports weight loss and that it improves fatty liver? Did you know that Metformin is really an extract from a French lily? It's closer to nature than any of the other diabetes drugs. Did you know that blood sugar lows are almost unheard of when diabetic patients are taking Metformin exclusive of the other diabetic drugs? Did you know that medical professionals consider Metformin to be a first-line defense for those with newly diagnosed T2DM?

I apparently still have plenty of my weaker 2nd-stage insulin release operating. My first-stage insulin-release is pretty much shot, which tells me that I've most likely lost at least 40% of my pancreas' beta cell function and maybe much more than that. Since my diabetes is a later-life diagnosis, those beta cells were likely destroyed by high blood sugars, continuing without being noticed for many years.

My A1C is 5.4 and my sugars are nicely controlled by choosing lower-glycemic-load carbohydrates along with sufficient protein (20 to 30 grams per meal) and a small amount of good fats with each meal. This routine also helps me to lose weight, as long as my portion sizes and calories are controlled. It has been observed that any type 2 diabetic can get their A1C into the 5% range by following this routine because...our pancreases are still functioning. And, if we can consistently keep our blood sugars below 140, without spikes, we can avoid further beta cell destruction!

Check out Jenny Ruhl's "Blood Sugar 101". Though diabetes is considered by the medical profession to be progressive and complications unavoidable, Jenny and her crowd are demonstrating that it doesn't have to be that way.

Metformin is a God-send. The initial acclimatization can be a little rugged, but if you get through the initial phase, it can really help you to get the blood sugar results that you want to see.

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I just got off Metformin. I'm so happy. I've been on it for 14 years this month. I've been experiencing some side-effects that I thought were something else. Dizziness, diarrhea, memory loss, etc. My doctor listened to me and put me on Victoza to try, but she did take me off Metformin. I hate that stuff, has anyone ever heard anything good about it?

I also have tremors, I never thought that was from the Metformin. Maybe it will go away now. We'll see. I've been taking 1000 mg twice a day for probably 8 years. I would rather take a shot any day then stay on that med.


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My husband has been on Metformin for many years now and thank God hasn't had any problems with it. My adult son just started a month ago and so far so good. I tried it years ago, when I worked, and had diarrhea so I stopped it. Trying it again with my insulin and no problems yet. I am hoping to decrease some of the insulin. Taking any medication is scary with all the side effects. As with any medication, stop taking it and call your doctor immediately if you experience any side effects.

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I have been on Metformin for about ten years and never had any trouble with it.



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I have been on Metformin for some 20 years. I have had hand tremors for those years but was told it was from my anti-depressants. It doesn't bother me too much except for eating or drinking. It does get worse when I use my steroid inhaler. You do get use to it. Dr. tells me it's still the better choice for me with all the other meds I'm on.

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1/12/19 1:58 P

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A little late to the conversation but I've been on Metformin for about 13 years. In the beginning i had a bit of diarrhea but as I tend to be constipated that was a welcome side effect. Now it doesn't bother me at all. I also lost 17 lbs in the beginning.

I watch what I eat and walk every day. My last A1C was 5,7. I agree that diet and exercise can make a big difference in most cases.

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I had a bad experiences with Metiformin .. I was so sick.. I went to my doctor told him, as afraid as Iam of needles. I will do that then take one more Metiformin.. I have been happy with my decision .

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Thank you all for this illuminating information on Metiformin. I just started it a month ago, and yes, I am having some adverse symptoms. I am supposed to be adding an additional night dose, but right now, don't know if I want to stay on it (particularly after reading these posts). Anyone having any experience with feeling jittery after taking it, or tremors. These may be due to excess caffeine intake, but if they don't disappear after adding de-caf to my diet, I am going to start to get really concerned. Thanks again for the great info. I'll look forward to hearing more from all of you.

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I took myself off Metformin on Sep 22, 2018. I was so tired of having diarrhea all the time. No bowel problems since I quit. I have taken it for about 5 years.

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I did, ended up with a pacemaker.

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I asked my new doctor about it. She checked my numbers and I had a AC1 of 6.1. She took me off of them for 3 months. I go back in October for a new check and she will decide them.

The point of my story is that my stomach problems (like IBS I thought I had this) are gone. I will elect not to go back on this; but my numbers have been good. I think my high has been 134 but usually from 99 - 116. I believe the metformin had done this to me. I would have your dr. look for an alternative.

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The GI symptoms are really terrible. I switch between days and nights for work and have a hard time because I don't know when I should be timing my pills and changing the times makes the stomach side effects start up again. Any suggestions?

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The metformin makes me like a chicken--you feed me, I poop. Seriously it has given me some symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome.

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Taking metformin in the am and pm. Oral medicine not successful in managing my Diabetes 2. Now on insulin injections. Internist still wants me to take the full doses of metformin. Still have gastro-intestinal episodes every now and then.

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I cannot stand taking MetFormin. My former doctor prescribed a very high dosage in February when I was diagnosed, rather than seeing if I could get my glucose under control with diet and exercise. So initially the dosage was 1000 mg 2x daily (at breakfast and at dinner for a whopping 2000 mg a day)!

I have experienced tingling and strange sensations in my back, like my skin is crawling. All of my arm hair fell out and I've lost patches on my scalp.

I started making immediate changes to my diet and fitness the day I was diagnosed and have been tracking everything. My doctor was supposed to refer me to a diabetic nutritionist, who I never heard from nor did the doctor or the referral center return my phone call when I followed up. I found a nutritionist that I friend referred me to who looked at my printed sheets of what I have been eating and was very pleased. She said I'm staying in a healthy range or calories and carbs and made a few minor tweaks by teaching me about net carbs. When I went for my follow up appointment with my former doctor and told her about the hair loss all she could respond with was to ask me if I am serious about getting my blood sugar under control. She refused to look at my nutritional notebook or my meter that showed I'd brought my glucose back into a normal range in just over 4-1/2 weeks.

Medication can be great, but I know it was NOT the meds that brought my blood sugar under control that quickly. It was ME doing the work. She did not want to reduce the medication but finally told me I could cut the 1000 mg in half so they will be 500 mg 2x a day. I have left this doctor who I feel does not truly care about me in the big picture and found a nurse at the clinic where my nutritionist works. The nurse knows I do not want to be on MetFormin for longer than 6 months and that I am committed to a permanent life change with diet and exercise. She cut the meds in half again and wants to test my A1C in May and we will go from there.

Since I am now taking only 500 mg per day my readings are in the normal range, I am starting to see fine hairs growing back on my arms and around my temple area and am not experiencing the tingling sensation in my arms, feet or back. I am not sure if any one else has experienced any side effect of hair loss, but I did not have any issue until I was put on this medication.

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I have been on Metformin for several years. I have IBS too so never associated those problems with Metformin. I am on 500 mg in the morning and 500 mg at night. I have a lot of muscle and joint stiffness but attributed it to my osteoarthritis. Sometimes I have slight nausea and my ears ring when I am walking and turn my head. I also have minor episodes of dizziness. Maybe I should be looking closer at my metformin dosage. Some of these symptoms sound like the ones I have heard in others comments!


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A good friend takes Metformin and her doctor told her, it also helps with protect our bodies from heart and cardiovascular disease. I don't have details just this bit of info for consideration.

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Thanks for the information.

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Hi Clara,
How long did you take Metformin before it caused you to have stage 2 kidney failure?

I have heard others side effects, but lucky for me, I am without side effects after taking it for 5 years with a dosage of 500 mg twice in the morning and again before bed.

Thanks for sharing your experience. I will try to read all the posts here soon. It is late tonight, I am must move on, emoticon emoticon

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Metformin sent me to the hospital with the worse abdominal pain I have ever had. I was switched to Glyburide and Onglyza after that and have had no problem with them.

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With metformin I had stomach pain, diarrhea, and heartburn.

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I have stage 2 kidney disease thanks to Metformin

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BADGERMOMX2 Thanks for the input and "good job", I had the loose stools too, it was no fun! Trying to get to the bathroom on time!

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I've had my share of issues with Metformin. I am now on a lower dose and have done well with it. The first time I was prescribed it was at a higher dose at once. I did have the symptoms of loose stools. It was not fun. I am happy to hear you are having a more positive experience now. Good job on getting your A1C down. :)

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I'm on time-release metformin and have had no problems. But my mom had some of the symptoms you listed. It made her very sick.

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This has been an interesting week. I had my diabetes class tuesday and it was really good. I ended up asking about all of these symptoms I have been having for 3 years and the doctor said all these symptoms aren't from diabetes..He told me to stop Metformin for 2 weeks and see how I feel? The next day a lot of the symptoms went away! Wow! I have been going through this for 3 years. Since I have been eating good and have lost 7 lbs now, my A1C went from 7.5 to 7.

I went to the doctor today and that was an interesting experience, different doctor than the doctor at my diabetes class. It turns out I have asthma. My echocardiogram was good.

Here are some of the symptoms I was having

Side Effects of METFORMIN
muscle pain or weakness
numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs
trouble breathing
feeling dizzy, light-headed, tired, or very weak
stomach pain, nausea with vomiting
diarrhea, or a metallic taste in the mouth may occur.



Has anyone had an experience like mine?

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