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 2,260 684
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 225 82
Prediabetes 83 31
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 109
Moderate 144
Mild 165
None 409

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 140
Nausea 49
Stomach pain 23
Stomach upset 16
Loose stools 12
Flatulence 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 77
500 mg daily 62
2,000 mg daily 60
1,000 mg twice daily 56
1,000 mg daily 40
1,000 mg twice daily 23
1,500 mg daily 11
500 mg three times daily 10
2,550 mg daily 7
2 x 500 mg/5 mL daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 177
Doctor's advice 144
Did not seem to work 81
Other 65
Course of treatment ended 43
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 9
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Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 29
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 114
10 years or more 100

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 60
1 - 6 months 87
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 88
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 605
Usually 140
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 57
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 51
Somewhat hard to take 85
A little hard to take 151
Not at all hard to take 540
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 6
$50-99 4
$25-49 31
< $25 429
Not specified 351

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metformin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 5
Glyburide (Glynase PresTab) 5
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 5
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 3
Liraglutide (Victoza) 3

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Patients stopped taking Metformin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 12
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 8
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 7
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 6
Liraglutide (Victoza) 5

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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55 patient evaluations for Metformin

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Bibs4me
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Bibs4me
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • 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.

  • 0 helpful marks
woofhound
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woofhound
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Little
function: All
external_stress: Most
Stickman: some
Description:M58y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:17y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Sep 17, 2016 (Started Dec 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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