Just wondering if anyone else is taking Metformin at the moment?
Two weeks ago I began taking 2x 500 tablets of the slow release version... and boy is it making sick!
I have a shocking headache all day long, on and off bout of nausea, I have no energy at all, and without being too graphic, I’m losing a few kilos the gross way!
Was just hoping to hear from any of you experiencing similar side effects or if you have any suggestions as to how to combat them.
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19-03-2012 15:29 #1
Metformin for PCOS
19-03-2012 15:39 #2Senior Member
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I just picked up my prescription from the chemist and I'm scared! They said I will most likely get the symptoms you described. My FS said to start off with half a tablet a day and then build up to three a day - BUT that I might never tolerate three a day and that's ok to stay ona lower dose.
Keep me posted on how you go.
19-03-2012 16:00 #3
I'm on it and yes it's best to start slow and build up. I felt so sick when I first started, for a few weeks all I could do was sleep and dry retch. But it did ease off, all symptoms except for the runs . I still get a moments notice to make it to the toilet.
19-03-2012 17:12 #4
I'm on Metformin too. I'm on 3 500mg tablet per day to be upped to 4x tablets a day on Thursday.
For my first stim cycle back in August 10 I was on them too and they made me nauseous all day long. This time I haven't had the nausea. So far anyway.
20-03-2012 15:29 #5Senior Member
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Hey there, I am not on it, but from what I hear you have to start off slow and then increase slowly or you get a lot of the side effects. Good luck, I hope it works for you.
23-03-2012 20:52 #6-
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I've been on Diabex 2000mg extended release for 3 cycles now, it gets better after around 6 weeks, the headaches go, and toilet time isn't so unpleasant
25-03-2012 10:00 #7
Thank you ladies for your replies.
My next question is...
Besides all the yuckiness, have any of you found the Met to have a positive result? I'm especially interested in weight loss.
25-03-2012 11:54 #8
I first used metformin 5 years ago when I started ivf and had no side affects at all but did lose a bit of weight, until I started all the ivf hormones! It took 2.5 years to conceive my daughter and I was on it all the time. I'm about to start ivf again next week and have been back on metformin for just over a month and have had all the side affects this time, I haven't been able to get onto the 3rd tablet yet cos I just can't tolerate it. I have no idea why it is affecting me so differently now. This time I haven't lost any weight despite the side affects but I am 5 years older and in my 40's . I ended up with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant and on insulin injections twice daily, it was far better than taking these awful tablets, but I now don't care what it ever did to me cos it was all worth it in the end.
25-03-2012 12:52 #9
I didn't get to ivf stage but I was on metformin while ttc #2 & 3.
I had all the side effects you described for 4 months when ttc #2 and lost about 6kg in total (only started at 63kg so quite a noticeable loss) but then when I went back to FS to begin ttc #3 he put me on a different type. He said it was a slow release formula and he'd found it to be better for nausea and diarrhea and I found it much better. I didnt lose any weight and the only side effects I had were from the clomid I also had to take.
I can't remember the dose or what it was specifically called as it was over 2 years ago but maybe ask if there is a different formula available?
Good luck with ttc x
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