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 2,608 916
Polycystic ovary syndrome 259 101
Prediabetes 110 63
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 26 47
Insulin resistance 20 8

Show all 69 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
135
Moderate
179
Mild
224
None
554

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 195
Nausea 63
Stomach pain 30
Upset stomach 20
Loose bowel movements 19
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12

Show all 183 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 103
500 mg daily 75
1,000 mg twice daily 66
1,000 mg daily 55
1,000 mg twice daily 51
2,000 mg daily 46
1,500 mg daily 17
1,000 mg daily 12
500 mg three times daily 12
2 x 1,000 mg twice daily 12

See all 48 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 200
Doctor's advice 166
Did not seem to work 92
Other 72
Course of treatment ended 46
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 10
See all 461 patients who've stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 130
5 - 10 years 135
10 years or more 145

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 71
1 - 6 months 97
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 57
2 - 5 years 97
5 - 10 years 63
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 798
Usually 191
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 73
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 65
Somewhat hard to take 107
A little hard to take 196
Not at all hard to take 724
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 9
$25-49 39
< $25 568
Not specified 462

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) 16
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 14
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 11
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 11
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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