59 patient evaluations for Metformin

Apr 20, 2011 (Started May 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 x 500 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: I have found that taking 2 tablets at the same time does not work as well as taking 1 tablet at a time but slightly more frequently. My original dosage was 2 at each meal if I felt I needed them and many times I skipped one at lunch for a total of 5/day but... I ended up with diarrhea much of the time - a side effect that worked fine when I was trying to lose weight but was not once I got to my desired weight. I also noted that my blood-sugar was always high (above 8) in the morning and I typically got up to urinate some time during the night most nights. I cut back to 1 per meal and added an extra one at bed time with a small snack. My diarrhea all but stopped and I sleep through the night most nights.
Side effects: diarrhea

  • 6 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Mar 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    Severe (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure if you are on Metformin, to get liver enzymes tested at least once a year. If you start feeling extremely tired and maybe some pain in upper right abdomen, have your doc order a cat scan. That will see your liver and report if you have fatty liver

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Sep 18, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Had to stop talking when I started regurgitating undigested medication.

  • 0 helpful marks
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