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 2,531 875
polycystic ovary syndrome 246 92
prediabetes 103 42
Diabetes Mellitus 46 13
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 26 46
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 18 7

Show all 73 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 133
Moderate 170
Mild 211
None 526

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 186
Nausea 64
Stomach pain 28
Upset stomach 20
Loose bowel movements 18
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 108
500 mg daily 74
1,000 mg twice daily 71
1,000 mg daily 58
1,000 mg twice daily 55
2,000 mg daily 43
1,500 mg daily 18
1,000 mg daily 16
500 mg three times daily 10
2 x 1,000 mg twice daily 10

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Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 192
Doctor's advice 162
Did not seem to work 87
Other 70
Course of treatment ended 45
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 10
See all 442 patients who've stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 128
5 - 10 years 141
10 years or more 142

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 67
1 - 6 months 91
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 31
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 756
Usually 180
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 74
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 64
Somewhat hard to take 101
A little hard to take 187
Not at all hard to take 688
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 8
$25-49 36
< $25 545
Not specified 437

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) 5
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 4

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) 10
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 10
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 8

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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58 patient evaluations for Metformin

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

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Oct 15, 2016 (Started Nov 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily

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