(Closed) Metformin?!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
46595 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@wifegoodman:  Always ask your doctor why he/she is prescribing a medication and what it is supposed to do for you.

Post # 6
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

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
3451 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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 # 12
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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)

Side effects
– metallic taste, epigastric distress, N/V, diarrhea, anorexia

Post # 13
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@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.

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