What is Metformin?

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Metformin an antidiabetic agent used for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (noninsulin dependent, NIDDM) as monotherapy when hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) cannot be managed with diet and exercise alone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 2 2,647 955
Polycystic ovary syndrome 263 105
Prediabetes 116 66
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 26 48
Insulin resistance 20 8

Show all 67 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
138
Moderate
180
Mild
228
None
573

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 197
Nausea 65
Stomach pain 32
Upset stomach 21
Loose bowel movements 19
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12

Show all 185 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 98
500 mg daily 69
1,000 mg twice daily 68
1,000 mg twice daily 61
1,000 mg daily 52
2,000 mg daily 46
1,500 mg daily 16
500 mg three times daily 14
850 mg daily 11
1,000 mg daily 10

See all 44 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 206
Doctor's advice 170
Did not seem to work 95
Other 73
Course of treatment ended 48
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 10
See all 470 patients who've stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 64
2 - 5 years 129
5 - 10 years 141
10 years or more 144

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 76
1 - 6 months 96
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 59
2 - 5 years 100
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 34
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 815
Usually 198
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 76
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 68
Somewhat hard to take 110
A little hard to take 203
Not at all hard to take 738
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 9
$25-49 39
< $25 580
Not specified 477

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metformin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 9
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 6
Glyburide (Glynase PresTab) 6
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 6
Pioglitazone (Actos) 4

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metformin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 18
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 13
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 12
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 12
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 10

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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60 patient evaluations for Metformin

Oct 25, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1,000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can't tell if the Metformin helps or not.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 18, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Advice don't stop this medication just because you can't afford it. Find a way. I did this and my A1c went from 6.7 to 8.4. So my doctor put me on a higher dose. So far my history of blood sugar results keep low and consistent.

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 11, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I have a Morning/Night 7 day pill box I fill up every Sunday Night.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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