Post # 1
Who is on Metformin?!
I was just FORMALLY & FINALLY officially diagnosed with awful PCOS. and was prescribed metformin & provera right away. & my dr mentioned that after my next appt in march, we may switch to clomid.
any difference about clomid and metformin? im not sure why im on metformin right now …
MAJORLY tho – does metformin make you gain weight? has anyone lost weight with it?!
Post # 3
Metformin is used to address the insulin resistance associated with PCOS. It CAN help PCOS patients dramatically lose weight, and it may also help to reverse many of the other symptoms of the condition. However, it only works that way in about half of the patients who try it (at least those were the stats when I tried it many years ago.) For the rest, it doesn’t necessarily provide any of those benefits.
Post # 5
@wifegoodman: Always ask your doctor why he/she is prescribing a medication and what it is supposed to do for you.
Post # 6
My mom is on Metformin, but not for PCOS. She’s on it b/c she has type 2 Diabetes. Like Brielle said, it stablizes the amount of insulin that your body produces.
One of the bad side effects that my mom had was diarrhea. Like julies1949 said, always ask your doctor why they’re prescribing the medication and if there are any side effects.
Post # 7
I was recently diagnosed with PCOS as well. The doctor put me on Yasmin and Aldactone. I wasn’t doing well on the Yasmin, so we’re back to the drawing board. Metformin may be the next step. I have been researching it. There is a website and forum for PCOS, http://www.soulcysters.net. Looks like the server is down right now though.
Post # 8
I am on Met right now!
The first 3 weeks are aweful!!!! You will have really bad GI symptoms with it but once you get passed that it is fine!
I have lost weight on Metformin and my moods have been stabilized I really enjoy this drug. I wouldn’t say the drug caused the weight loss but it normalized my hormones so that with proper diet and exercise it was easier to lose weight than before.
You will probably be on Met for good (even through the first few months of your pregnancy). Provera is to induce a period as I am assuming you haven’t had one in a while.
Your doctor is likely going to see if you ovulate with met alone. If you don’t she will add clomid to your concoction of pills in order to force ovulation.
My Darling Husband and I are waiting to start trying again so I haven’t started Clomid yet so I can’t give you any insight in that area.
Post # 9
You may want to post this on the infertility thread as well, because many girls over there do have PCOS and can probably answer your questions! (In case they don’t see this thread)
Post # 10
Metformin is used to decrease insulin resistance that is characteristic of PCOS. It decreases the amount of glucose you absorb from your food, and reduces the amount of glucose made by your liver. The biggest complaint of people on metformin is GI symptoms, gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
Post # 11
thank you so much bees <3 its incredible how soothing you all can be :))
Post # 12
Just finished up learning about oral hypoglycemics, like metformin, in my med chem class, so thought I would chime in (this centers around its use in T2 diabetes, but still, might be helpful). Straight from my lecture:
-increases peripheral utilization of glucose
– increases transport of glucose across skeletal
– decrease glucose absorption from GI tract
– decrease hepatic glucose production
1. Metformin rarely causes hypoglycemia
2. Metformin does not cause weight gain, and in fact can cause
weight loss and decreased insulin resistance in obese patients
3. Metformin has been reported to have beneficial effects on serum
lipids. (decrease TG, decrease LDL and increase HDL)
– metallic taste, epigastric distress, N/V, diarrhea, anorexia
Post # 13
Metformin is typically used for type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately the main way it makes people lose weight is making you feel to bad to eat. :-/
Post # 14
@julies1949: This! I whole-heartedly agree with this.
You can always ask your pharmacist, also, in case you don’t get answers from your physician.
Post # 15
@calypso522: making you feel bad to eat? whoa!
Post # 16
thank you bees! my first week was just before last, at 1 pill a day. i took it at night because im a nanny 10-12 hours a day and was too afraid to be sick at work – & found that was fine. this is my 3rd week & i started today with taking 3. and im to take 3 of these a day until i see my dr again march 15th.
so far – the only side effect ive been having is that i am SO tired. cant hardly stay energized for more than a half an hour at a time! poop.