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 2,434 812
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 239 89
Prediabetes 98 36
Diabetes Mellitus 46 13
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 24 41
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 128
Moderate 159
Mild 191
None 491

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 168
Nausea 61
Stomach pain 28
Upset stomach 20
Loose bowel movements 17
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12

Show all 177 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 114
500 mg daily 83
1,000 mg twice daily 75
2,000 mg daily 60
1,000 mg daily 57
1,000 mg twice daily 43
1,500 mg daily 16
1,000 mg daily 11
850 mg twice daily 10
500 mg three times daily 7

See all 53 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metformin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 192
Doctor's advice 158
Did not seem to work 87
Other 69
Course of treatment ended 43
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 9
See all 435 patients who’ve stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 127
5 - 10 years 148
10 years or more 136

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 65
1 - 6 months 90
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 31
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 705
Usually 163
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 72
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 63
Somewhat hard to take 96
A little hard to take 171
Not at all hard to take 639
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 6
$25-49 35
< $25 509
Not specified 405

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Metformin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 7
Glyburide (Glynase PresTab) 5
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 5
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 4
Gliclazide (Diamicron) 3

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Metformin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 15
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 12
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 9
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 8
Liraglutide (Victoza) 6

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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58 patient evaluations for Metformin

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charkimber
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charkimber
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
57 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
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

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: Severe
Cognition: severe
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: b
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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