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TOPIC: PCOS treatment : Metformin vs Metformin ER?

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May 3, 2012 4:30 PM
Hi all,

I am a PCOS patient currently taking Metformin ER (1500mg on 3rd week and moving to 2000mg from next week)

In searching in Internet, I found a study which indicates that weight loss is better with Metformin and not very significant with Metformin ER.

Is there anyone who takes Metformin ER and observed weight loss?

May 3, 2012 4:58 PM
my doctor warned me that I might not see as much weight loss on ER and he was right. I switched back to good old Met within 3 months and lost 20 pounds but that's all met will give me without good diet and excercise so now I'm working at losing more with a lot of hard work. :)
May 4, 2012 1:07 AM
I'm on normal Met and was told by my Endo that ER would be easier on the side effects if I had problms but would take longer to lose the weight. I don't get many problems with side effects on normal Met anyway though so that was lucky!
May 4, 2012 4:25 PM
I havent heard this. Ive been on ER and lost 34+ pounds but seem to be stuck.. Maybe I need to go to regular??
May 8, 2012 2:23 PM
Thanks a lot for the reply.

I am going to check with my doctor regarding the difference.

As such, I don't seem to have major side effects due to Metformin ER. So, maybe I can try normal Metformin.

May 9, 2012 5:05 AM
I've been on the regular before - but that was a few years hard was it to convince your dr to let you try it specifically for weight loss?

I have no interest in getting pregnant again, but even with monitoring my calories and exercising at least 3x per week I've been stuck for about a month.
May 28, 2012 8:05 PM
I hated the side effects of regular metformin. I have none with the ER. I am going to give it 6 months and see how the weight loss goes and then talk to my doctor.
June 2, 2012 10:33 PM
I'm back on Met after a 9 month or so break, and found almost no success with ER. The only thing that gave me was night terrors and night sweats, lol.

Regular met gives me fatigue and some headaches, but at least it deals with the sugar cravings and allows for weight loss!!
June 6, 2012 2:34 PM
After being on ER for a month or so my (new) doctor switched me to reg Met 2x per day. She said its easier to maintain when you take reg met with your meals. I actually have less side effects with the reg Met vs the ER
June 9, 2012 4:19 AM
tbh im not to sure what all the differents in them are its all quit new to me! i was on norm met 500mg 3 times a day and then when i went to the hospital ( to discus my pcos and weight troubles) she said that i should try met sr 500mg 3 times a day ( slow release)
June 21, 2012 8:27 AM
I discovered I had pcos when I was 19. I am now 33 and have never tried Metformin. I know what it is. My mother and sister take it.
I would love to know what you all think have been the benefits in taking it? Does anyone think it would help with my weight loss, as opposed to not taking it? I am on a 1500 calorie diet, and have been exercising steadily and am feeling like there is some kind of plateau...even though I am trying desperately (not eating exercise calories, have played 6 games of netball just this week alone, just amping it up to no avail.)
July 7, 2012 9:32 AM
this site might help :) x

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