Holy Metformin!!!

This post is going to be TMI but I thought I would post anyway…so when I went to the RE to setup a plan for our FET she gave me a prescription for metformin…for those that do not know what metformin is used for:

Metformin is a diabetes medicine sometimes used for lowering insulin and blood sugar levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This helps regulate menstrual cycles, start ovulation, and lower the risk of miscarriage in women with PCOS. Long-term use also lowers diabetes and heart disease risk related to high insulin levels.

I do not have insulin resistance but my RE said it can help regulate my hormones and it cannot hurt to take it since I do have PCOS.  I have taken metformin before years ago but I did not take it regularly and now I know why.  The side effects of metformin are KILLER!!!  The diarrhea and cramping is crazy.  I started taking it after the surgery and I am kind of glad I did since I know that pain medication can cause constipation but the metformin counteracted that problem.  I am on 500 mg 2x a day.  The effects are mostly felt after you eat so I have been taking it after I eat lunch and dinner but I think I am going to start easing back.  Since I am home recovering its easier to deal with the side effects but when I go back to work this is going to be a problem.  I am going to take 1 pill a day and then increase it to 2 pills in a couple of weeks in the hope that my body will get used to it.  The good side effect of taking the medication is the weight loss but that can also be correlated to the fact that your constantly in the bathroom, lol!!!

Sorry if the post is TMI…


My name is Cindy

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4 comments on “Holy Metformin!!!
  1. kate says:

    The RE should have told you to start with one pill for a couple weeks and then go up to two. Mine didn’t tell me either though, and they had me starting out at 2000mg! It was awful. Hope your system settles down quickly. I found it easiest to take at night.

    • cindysn says:

      I guess she figured 1000mg a day wouldnt kill me…when I first took it I was at 1500mg and the dr told me to take it at night but I would wake up in pain and just stay in the bathroom

  2. Brianna says:

    I’m so sorry that your doctor’s office didn’t ease you into metformin. When my husband started (for Type 2 Diabetes) he started with 1 pill twice a day, then transitioned up to his regular dose to help ease the symptoms. Unfortunately for him, each time there’s a manufacturer change, he gets the symptoms. For him, they only lasted a few days, so I’m hoping that’s what happens with you…a few days of icky followed by good.

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