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November 13, 2011 8:00 AM
Hi there, so my doc started me on metformin and I do not have PCOS or diabetes at this time. I should mention my sister has PCOS and is a borderline diabetic. Im nervous to starrt taking it as everyone seems to say i will be super sick and/or spend alot of time in the bathroom, but my doc said it should really help my weight wondering if this is correct.

Thoughts on taking it?
November 13, 2011 8:04 AM
I take 500mg once a day for pre-diabetes. I've never felt sick or had any issues because my dose is so low. My doctor said it would help with weight loss, but I didn't lose any weight (however I wasn't watching what I was eating when I started it, so had I eaten properly I would have probably lost weight on it). Good luck!
November 13, 2011 8:05 AM
A lot of doctors give their patients Metformin for weight loss. Every medicine has side effects. You may experience body ache and going to the bathroom, but that's normal with Metformin. Your body has to get use to the medicine. The body ache probably will last a week or less. The bathroom issue can be off and on. You'll be fine.
November 13, 2011 8:05 AM
Sounds fishy to me. Unless you need to lose weight fast for medical reasons, I would question this approach. Maybe you should get a second opinion?
November 13, 2011 8:08 AM
Just started metformin for diabetes. I take it with my last meal of the day when I get home from work just before going to bed. So far haven't noticed anything out of the normal. Might take awhile before I notice much of a change in my sugar levels.
November 13, 2011 8:11 AM
I've been on Metformin for about 5 yrs for insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia. Basically, my body makes too much insulin but I am not diabetic because my sugar levels aren't out of wack. As a result of too much insulin, my cells become resistant and don't want to process food efficiently so the insulin then stores the glucose or foods I eat as fat rather than burning it off. I can eat less than 1,000 calories a day and still gain weight if I don't take my metformin, but with diet, exercise and my 1000mg/day dosage the weight stays in check. I also suppliment with adipex (a form of phentermine) to control appetite and help boost my metabolism. Insulin is an appetite stimulant and the over production of it leaves me feeling like I'm always starving. If you doc prescribed metformin I would definitely take it as a diabetes preventative if not for anything else.
November 13, 2011 8:11 AM

Sounds fishy to me. Unless you need to lose weight fast for medical reasons, I would question this approach. Maybe you should get a second opinion?

I agree. I think this is one my mom took for diabetes, and she was pretty ill with it. A gyn tried to prescribe it to me for PCOS. I'm in the process of getting a second opinion.
November 13, 2011 8:12 AM
I had a similar situation this past spring. My doctor started me on Metformin in May. I don't have diabetes nor am I even close to having it. My dad and one of his sisters are both borderline....I have some PCOS symptoms but not all. She advised me to take the pill twice daily and see how I liked it.
After 2 weeks of sickness, stomach aches and no weight change, I decided for myself that it wasn't for me. Even though I cannot lose weight as fast as others, I still can lose, just slower.

The decision is of course up to you. There are great Metformin communities out there for you to chat with in order to make a better decision. I can direct you to a few on Facebook as well. Medicines work differently with each individual. This one wasn't for me but it may be for you.
Good Luck!
November 13, 2011 8:15 AM
Honestly can't say, but taking a drug with side effects for something it wasn't designed for sounds a little odd.
It's good that you're questioning it !
November 13, 2011 8:21 AM
Metformin is a weight loss pill and diabetic pill, as well as it could be use for other diseases. I don't think that a doctor will give their patient metformin to lose weight, if it wasn't a weight loss pill. Diabetic doctors will give their patient metformin to help control their blood sugar.

Every medicine have side effects.
November 13, 2011 8:23 AM
all drugs have side effects. full stop.- while metformin us often prescribe for those who are overweight with insulin resistance, if you are unsure then by all means get a second opinion but also talk to your doctor- tell him: her your concerns and ask if they could explain why they feel this medicaqtion might be helpful to you- did you have blood work done recently (such as fasting glucose test or other?) good luck
November 13, 2011 8:33 AM
If you had blood work done a week before seeing the doctor and your doctor put you on Metformin, he or she most likely did that, because you are a diabetic or pre-diabetic. Yes, you may be overweight and they told you that Metformin will help with weight loss, which it will, if you also do your part, such as eat healthy, drink water and exercise.

Now, if you have gone to just a weight loss doctor and they have put you on Metformin, it's because Metformin can help people lose weight, if they also do their part, such as eat healthy, drink water and exercise. The doctor probably was also looking at your income. A lot of diet pills cost a lot of money. Metformin is very cheap.

A person can lose weight on their own, without taking pills or anything else. You have to have control over your body and not let food or emotions have control over your body.

If you aren't a diabetic, pre-diabetic or have any other diseases that doctors put patients on Metformin for, then don't take Metformin.
November 13, 2011 9:05 AM
Metformin is often times used off label for weight loss. To avoid the side effect of nausea your doctor should start you on a low dose (500 mg once daily) and increase the dosage slowly. Taking it with food should also help with the nausea.
November 13, 2011 2:31 PM
I started it last week. 500 mg once a day. Most people know Metformin as the brand name Gucophage. I was worried also. I'm an EMT and know what it's for. I was diagnosed with PCOS which causes type 2 diabetes. I've notice that I'm not as hungry. The POSSIBLE side effects worried me also, but I haven't experienced anything out of the usual. Just take it and see how it makes you feel. Don't stop it with out letting your doctor know, though. Messing with blood sugar levels can be dangerous.
November 13, 2011 5:02 PM
I directly attribute losing my job in 2008 to metformin -- I was too ill to go into work much of the time. When I was pregnant, my doctor took me off of metformin. Instead,I followed a diabetic diet and tested blood sugars a few times a day; the result was the same as the metformin without the gastric distress.

I found a diabetic diet (low carbs in the morning, carb loading in the evening) kept my insulin levels stable, even post pregnancy, without metformin and the accompanying gastric distress. It might be worth considering if the side effects get to you. I thought it was really very simple to follow,
November 13, 2011 5:11 PM
As a nurse, I would just like to point out that many medications have what are called "off-label" uses, and just because the medication has been found to have other uses, does not make it a bad option. There are many medications used today for conditions that they were never developed for, but found to be more effective than the medications that were developed for such conditions. Many blood pressure meds, depression meds, migraine meds, and even seizure medications started out as drugs developed for completely different conditions, but have ended up becoming some of our best first line medications. I am only offering this information as possible rationale for your doctors reasons. By no means does it mean that your doctor is absolutely "right", or that the particular med is right for you and your body, but I just wanted to point out that just because a medication is prescribed by your doc that may not be it's "primary" use, does not necessarily mean that you should be leary or not trust your doctor. If you have questions or concerns about it, then by all means talk with your healthcare provider about those concerns. Also take the advice that you come across on these forums with a grain of salt, you will get many people with many different opinions, but at the end of the day you must decide what is right for you and your body. Best of luck with your health & weight loss goals!
November 13, 2011 5:20 PM
I was on met for pcos and I kept having LOW blood sugars. I mean low like ready to pass out low. I never lost a single pound on it and I quit taking it and joined MFP. Been doing great ever since.
November 15, 2011 8:22 PM
If you take the Metformin XR (extended release) it tends to not be as harsh on your GI system, because it is released gradually. Also starting low and building up slow, like over a few weeks is optimal. I take my 1500mg Metformin XR at night. I have had a few nights of "bubble guts", usually around a dosage increase, but nothing drastic. Also my doctor told me she wanted me on the metformin because I do have PCOS. But she said that being on the metformin will "Help settle my ovaries down" which will help with the hormone imbalances of PCOS and those facial hair UGH....*SIGH* my tweezers have become my friends. She also said that it should help with my insulin resistance and help with my weight loss. I was on it before and it worked very well for me. I got off of it after having my daughter, but just recently got put back on it. So far so good.
November 15, 2011 8:34 PM
I've been on metformin for nearly 8 years, for insulin resistance. Started at 500mg once a day and am now on 850mg twice a day. Type 2 diabetes is rife in my family, going back to my gg grandma. The main thing I found is that it has made my TOM completely whacked, and the same for my mum (she's on metformin AND insulin). I've never been sick from it before.

I hope you do well with metformin, and that you don't have any nasty side effects!

EDIT: When I was first diagnosed with insulin resistance, my diabetic educator basically said that the reason I got hungry all the time was because everytime I went to the loo, I was essentially flushing out what I'd eaten not long before, and that about half an hour later I would start getting hungry again.
Edited by gettingskinnysoon On November 15, 2011 8:47 PM
November 15, 2011 8:40 PM
HI I have been taking Metfromin for a couple years now. I was first put on it by the baby doctor I was working with to try and get pregnant. Well to make a long story short it was not until I was put on the time relase tablets that it started to help with weight loss. Yes it can have some bummer side affects if you don't take it with food. when I first started I had to make sure that it was in the middle of my meal. Now with them time release tablets.... I don't have the bathroom side affect.

Good luck.
November 15, 2011 8:41 PM
i have taken 2000 mg of metformin for 6 years now... i am a type 2 diabetic, i have never noticed any weight loss from taking it...i have only lost weight from low calories and heavy exercise over the years, but very easy to put back on... your body does adjust pretty fast from the side affects. It also helps protect your liver from high blood sugar... and yes insulin does make it harder to lose weight...
December 11, 2013 11:02 AM
I'm in the same boat. Did you ever take it? Did it ever help?

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