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 2,366 754
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 234 87
Prediabetes 89 34
Diabetes Mellitus 46 13
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 23 40
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 18 7

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 119
Moderate 151
Mild 182
None 454

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 155
Nausea 57
Stomach pain 26
Upset stomach 18
Loose bowel movements 17
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12

Show all 173 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 102
500 mg daily 76
1,000 mg twice daily 68
2,000 mg daily 63
1,000 mg daily 48
1,000 mg twice daily 40
1,500 mg daily 13
850 mg twice daily 11
2 x 500 mg/5 mL daily 8
500 mg three times daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 187
Doctor's advice 156
Did not seem to work 86
Other 67
Course of treatment ended 43
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 9
See all 425 patients who’ve stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 127
5 - 10 years 141
10 years or more 128

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 66
1 - 6 months 87
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 92
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 664
Usually 150
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 66
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 89
A little hard to take 163
Not at all hard to take 597
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 6
$50-99 6
$25-49 35
< $25 475
Not specified 378

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metformin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 7
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 6
Glyburide (Glynase PresTab) 5
Pioglitazone (Actos) 4
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 4

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metformin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 14
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 10
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 9
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 8
Liraglutide (Victoza) 6

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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57 patient evaluations for Metformin

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charkimber
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charkimber
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
56 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar II

See charkimber's full Metformin history

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.

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Bibs4me
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Bibs4me
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 47
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

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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

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Kate71
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Kate71
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: severe
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Sep 19, 2016 (Started Feb 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I control type 2 diabetics with a healthy diet. A wonderful dietitian to help me stop binge eating. Having control and seeing the success far out ways those nasty extra pounds.

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