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 2,318 724
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 228 84
Prediabetes 84 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 116
Moderate 149
Mild 177
None 427

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 152
Nausea 54
Stomach pain 26
Loose bowel movements 17
Upset stomach 17
Flatulence 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 85
1,000 mg twice daily 67
500 mg daily 65
2,000 mg daily 62
1,000 mg daily 44
1,000 mg twice daily 33
1,500 mg daily 12
500 mg three times daily 9
2 x 500 mg/5 mL daily 7
850 mg twice daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 184
Doctor's advice 151
Did not seem to work 85
Other 65
Course of treatment ended 43
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 9
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Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 106
5 - 10 years 137
10 years or more 114

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 63
1 - 6 months 87
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 89
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 636
Usually 145
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 63
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 56
Somewhat hard to take 87
A little hard to take 157
Not at all hard to take 569
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 6
$50-99 6
$25-49 34
< $25 458
Not specified 359

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metformin after stopping:

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

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metformin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 13
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 9
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 9
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 6
Liraglutide (Victoza) 5

Show all 26 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

See Bibs4me's full Metformin history

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
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

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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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