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Below are Metformin reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 20 ratings/reviews, Metformin has an overall score of 8.05. The effectiveness score is 8.20 and the side effect score is 8.20. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Metformin review by 43 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   diabetes
Dosage & duration:   1000mg taken twice daily for the period of 8 years
Other conditions:   high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bipolar disorder, chronic lymphedema
Other drugs taken:   actos, glyiperide, lasix, wellbutrin, geodon, lamictal, baby aspirin, oxycontin, flexeril, zocor,
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   My blood sugar is under control. I went from an A1c of over 8.0 to an A1c of 5.3 over the course of treatment. This medication has had minimal side effects and I developed a tolerance to the side effects in a short period of time- about 30 days. This medication is easy to take and doesn't dissolve on your tongue thus avoiding a bitter pill taste. In its generic form this medication is quite affordable.
Side effects:   I experienced minimal side effects. Initially while titrated the appropriate dosage and timing of the medication, I experienced some episodes of hypoglycemia. However, once my dosage was adjusted I no longer had episdoes of hypoglycemia. I did experience some gastric upset with this medication in the first thirty days. I had issues of cramping, gas and upset stomach after taking the medication. However after thirty days my body had gotten accustom to the medication and I no longer have any gastric side effects.
Comments:   My diabetes treatment is three fold. I take medication ( glucophage, gliperide, & actos) follow a diabetes friendly diet and exercise regularly. My medications are glucophage 1000mg in the morning and 1500mg at night; actos 45 mg in the morning and gliperide 20 mg in the morning. My diet is based on a 1800 calorie ADA diet with meals including no more than 60 grams of carbohydrate and snacks with no more than 15-30 grams of carbohydrate. My exericse is a minimum of 20 minutes of walking 3-4 days a week.

 

Metformin review by 30 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   pcos
Dosage & duration:   2000mg/day taken twice a day for the period of 4 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   As for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome patient, the main goal of the treatment was to regulate ovulation, and to regulate menstrual period. After 4 months of treatment (only 2 months therapeutic dose), I become pregnant and now have a beautiful son.
Side effects:   Persistant nausea, diarrhea after every single dose.
Comments:   Treatment started as a very low dose at 500mg/day at the evening meal. Dose was increased by 500mg on the second week and stayed the same for 3 weeks. On week 5 dose was increased by 500mg for another 2 weeks. Another 500mg increase up to 2000mg/day until beginning of the pregnancy.

 

Metformin review by 67 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   diabetes
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken 2 + 2 x day for the period of 3 yrs
Other conditions:   high blood pressure, arthritis
Other drugs taken:   ramipril
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lowered blood sugar
Side effects:   none
Comments:   two pills in the morning and two in the evening.

 

Metformin review by 52 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   diabetes
Dosage & duration:   500 mg BID taken twice a day for the period of ongoing
Other conditions:   acid reflux
Other drugs taken:   Prilosec
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   the benefit was a lowering of blood sugar and metformin does that very well without leading to hypoglycemia which can happen with some of the other anti-hyperglycemic drugs.
Side effects:   Side effects include stomach upset and diarrhea but this usually goes away in about 2-3 weeks.
Comments:   Metformin 500 mg taken twice a day. This controlled by blood sugar but it is important to realize that the medication does not peak until about 4-6 hours after it is taken. This is important knowledge to have in order to time the administration of the drug. When I took it too close to dinner time, it was not as effective as when I took it 4-5 hours before dinner. I wish my healthcare provider or pharmacist had told me when it peaked but that information came from a diabetes educator. I got better control after I knew when to take my dose.

 

Metformin review by 54 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   type 2 diabetes
Dosage & duration:   1000 mg taken twice a day for the period of 10 years
Other conditions:   borderline high blood pressure
Other drugs taken:   lisinopril
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   In the beginning of my treatment for type 2 diabetes, I found the benefits of Glucophage or metformin for me to be two-fold. Number one, metformin did seem to lower my blood sugar over a short amount of time in the beginning. Number two, as a medication I found necessary in my life, I have found it fairly inexpensive to purchase as a generic drug.
Side effects:   The treatment side effects I experienced were in the beginning. At the very start of taking Glucophage, I had diarrhea. It did go away after some time on the drug.
Comments:   I take 1000 mg caplets; one in the morning with my breakfast and one in the evening with my dinner.

 

Metformin review by 57 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   diabetes
Dosage & duration:   2 pills, taken twice for the period of continuing
Other conditions:   high blood pressure
Other drugs taken:   glyburide
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Apparantly this drug helps to use the sugars be of use to the body, so my sugar levels went down.
Side effects:   I had gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea, cramps, and nausea. Since I took a combination of drugs when beginning treatment, I am not sure which one caused a weight gain. It is extremely difficult for me to shift a pound although I am absolutely stringent about my diet.
Comments:   took the pills as prescribed, worked through the nausea and got on with it.

 

Metformin review by 50 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   diabetes
Dosage & duration:   max allowed (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 120 days
Other conditions:   high blood pressure; depression; sleep apnea
Other drugs taken:   aspirin, Lasix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   There was no perceptible benefit to the patient from his point of view; there was an apparent improvement as measured by the doctor. The doctor advised continuation of the treatment.
Side effects:   There was no perceptible side effect experienced by the patient; this is possibly possibly due to the inattentive nature of the patients deep depression. The patient also had extreme sleep apnea.
Comments:   Started the treatment for 60 days at maximum recommended rate; the patient found no perceptible improvement he then trailed off to stop treatment over the following 60 days.

 

Metformin review by 41 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   none
Dosage & duration:   2 g a day (dosage frequency: twice) for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   alpha-lipoic acid
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Well... what can I say? During the treatment I mentioned a considerable pressure decrease, and for sure it was a notable blood sugar decrease. I would recommend this drug to evedybody with sugar diabetes type II. Adherence to a diabetic diet is an important aspect of controlling elevated blood sugar in patients with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has provided guidelines for a diabetic diet. The ADA diet is a balanced, nutritious diet that is low in fat, cholesterol, and simple sugars. The total daily calories are evenly divided into three meals. In the past two years, the ADA has lifted the absolute ban on simple sugars. Small amounts of simple sugars are allowed when consumed with a complex meal. For more, please read the Diabetic Diet article.
Side effects:   none
Comments:   as prescribed

 

Metformin review by 48 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   prevention of diabetes
Dosage & duration:   500 mg taken twice a day for the period of 4 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   weight loss was the major benefit of approximately 8-10 pounds. it also improved my LDL and HDL cholesterol and also triglycerides. my hemoglobin a1c also improved. my fasting blood sugar only marginally improved. pulse and blood pressure stayed the same.
Side effects:   mild gi upset when first started the drug with some diarrhea, but these side effects dissipated after approximately two months of use.
Comments:   took 500 mg twice a day with virtually no side effects, except could not tolerate any doses higher than that because of gi upset. continue to take it without a problem.

 

Metformin review by 62 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   anti-aging prophilatic
Dosage & duration:   1850 mg.s per day taken 3 x per day for the period of 4 eyars and continuing
Other conditions:   none, very healthy
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   At the recommendation of the Life Extension foundation, I was taking 1850 mg per day of metformin prophilatically -- as an anti-aging medicine. Gene assay testing by Biomol resveals that metformin surpresses the Sir1 gene, acting as a calorie reduction memetic. Calorie Reduction is the only currently proven way to extend life span, and the hope is that metformin will mimic this. Resveratro ( herb ) also reputably does this.
Side effects:   None
Comments:   Metformin reduced my fasting blood glucose by about 10 pints, and my AC1 by 20%.

 

Metformin review by 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   metabolic disorder
Dosage & duration:   1000 mg twice daily taken daily for the period of going on 6 months
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   Seroquel, Wellbutrin, birth control pill
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Weight loss of over 10 pounds in 4 months, continuing weight loss at a gradual rate (need to lose 40 pounds total). Complete curbing of sugar and carbohydrate cravings, increased appetite control, cessation of binge eating patterns.
Side effects:   Diarreha if I eat more sugar than I should, some abdominal cramping, again, only if I ate something I shouldn't have.
Comments:   Began at 500 mg once daily, increased to 500 mg twice daily, then increased to 2000 mg (1000 mg twice daily). I believe that the slow increase of the dosage helped control any negative side effects. It took about 3 months to really start noticing a difference, but that could be due to the titrating schedule. I am also trying to be more conscious of what I do eat and when, which is helping with the weight loss and appetite issues.

 

Metformin review by 49 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Metabolic Syndrome X
Dosage & duration:   500 mg taken 2 times per day for the period of 8 years
Other conditions:   Family history of diabetes
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Reduced AM fasting glucose
Side effects:   When first started taking the drug, patient experienced diarrhea. Lowered the dose and then increased it gradually instead, also splitting it into one dose in the AM and one in the PM, and the side effects disappeared.
Comments:   Patient had almost all the markers for Metabolic Syndrome X / Insulin Resistance. Physician decided that Metformin might be help the Syndome X, plus it would have the added benefit of keeping patients slightly elevated morning blood glucose levels more stable. It is not clear that the drugs had a large effect on most of the Syndrome X symptoms, however patient has been on the drug for 8 years and it reduced the AM blood glucose levels to a normal level.

 

Metformin review by 59 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   diabetes
Dosage & duration:   500 mg ER taken am and pm for the period of 4 years
Other conditions:   cholesterol and thyroid
Other drugs taken:   lipitor 10 mg and synthroid 10 mg byetta 10mg
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Totally under control
Side effects:   Byetta had slight nausea effects at first
Comments:   I take Byetta imj twice a day before meals and metformin morning and night. The Lipitor is taken at night and the synthroid in the am before meals. My A1c is 5.2 and have kept off of insulin for 4 years. Diet and exercise have also factored into the treatment. I am totally under control.

 

Metformin review by 62 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Type 2 Diabetes
Dosage & duration:   500 mg taken twice daily for the period of Still taking it--for the past 2 years
Other conditions:   Coronary Artery Disease, Overweight, Osteoarthritis
Other drugs taken:   Simvastatin, Zetia, Aspirin, Metaprolol
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Blood sugar levels returned to within normal limits. The risk of having to become insulin dependent for my diabetes was decreased.
Side effects:   I experienced no unwanted or harmful side effects. The "side effects" were all a positive outcome of health improvement, and decrease of diabetes related risks.
Comments:   Besides taking this drug my treatment regime also included diet change limiting carbohydrates, increasing fiber, and portion control. I increased my activity level by using a treadmill daily. This combination resulted in not only regulating my blood sugar levels, but also a weight loss of 20 pounds.

 

Metformin review by 65 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Diabetes
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken 2 times a day for the period of 2months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lowered blood sugar readings some what. Generally speaking I feel it has few benefits, however I feel it may have some way balanced my hormones... increased my sex drive I think but not sure.
Side effects:   diarrhea and some upset stomach
Comments:   Blood sugar dropped by 50% with increase exercise and limiting high glycemic food intake. I felt that the metaformin is playing a minor role in this.

 

Metformin review by 19 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   pcos
Dosage & duration:   500 mg taken two a day for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   doxycycline
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I noticed that I was feeling better and my menstrual cycle was more regular. My skin cleared up as well and I felt more energetic.
Side effects:   There are times that I would feel nauseous and diarrhea. Another thing that bothered me with this medicine is the smell of the pills, it made me really nauseous and disgusted, I have to plug my nose to take them.
Comments:   If you do not eat right and take the medicine, I think there is no point. My advice would be to eat healthy, exercise (even if you just walk) and take this medicine you will see results.

 

Metformin review by 62 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Diabetese
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken one tablet twice a day for the period of 8 years
Other conditions:   Hyperthyroidism
Other drugs taken:   PTU
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The Medformin controls my blood sugar. I've been taking it for eight years now with no side effects. I continue to enjoy the food I eat without worry because I regularly take this medicine. It does not contradict with the medicine I take for my hyperthyroidism. Medformin is also affordable that's why I can regularly take this medicine.
Side effects:   I do not feel any side effects taking this medicine.
Comments:   I take Medformin one tablet in the morning after breakfast and one tablet after dinner.

 

Metformin review by 38 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   polycystic ovarian syndrome
Dosage & duration:   1,500 mg per day taken 3 times daily for the period of 3 years
Other conditions:   cervical dysplasia
Other drugs taken:   Yasmin oral contraceptive
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Improved facial acne, lowered blood glucose a little
Side effects:   Mild gastrointestinal issues that subsided after the first few weeks.
Comments:   Received metformin to treat PCOS. It improved facial acne. However, other anticipated benefits did not occur (no ovulation after going off oral contraceptives). However, given other long-term benefits of metformin (may act as an anti-cancer agent), I rate this drug highly, since I did not experience any side effects after the first few weeks.

 

Metformin review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   infertility
Dosage & duration:   200mg taken 3 times a day for the period of 1year
Other conditions:   irregular periods, immunological
Other drugs taken:   heparin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   after one year of taking this drug pregnancy was acheived via IVF and successfully carried to term with help of blood thinner heparin
Side effects:   the side effects included mood swings, stomach upsets, head aches
Comments:   i was treated for secondary infertility, after evaluation doctor suggested insulin resistance and put me on metformin. while on metformin my perids become 28 days appart.

 

Metformin review by care giver of 62 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   diabetes type 2
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken twice a day for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   Only diabetes type 2
Other drugs taken:   glyburide
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lowered blood sugar, improved mood, less fatigue in the long run
Side effects:   slight diarrhea which went away after a couple of weeks. Positive effects outweigh the side effects experienced at first
Comments:   Metformin taken at breakfast and again at dinner time. Regular exercise and watching the diet also helps in the regulation of blood glucose.
 


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