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 2,625 942
Polycystic ovary syndrome 260 102
Prediabetes 114 65
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 26 48
Insulin resistance 20 8

Show all 68 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
137
Moderate
180
Mild
226
None
562

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 195
Nausea 65
Stomach pain 31
Upset stomach 20
Loose bowel movements 19
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12

Show all 185 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 89
500 mg daily 77
1,000 mg twice daily 68
1,000 mg twice daily 56
1,000 mg daily 55
2,000 mg daily 45
1,500 mg daily 15
1,000 mg daily 13
500 mg three times daily 13
2 x 1,000 mg twice daily 11

See all 44 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metformin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 205
Doctor's advice 167
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 465 patients who've stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 60
2 - 5 years 127
5 - 10 years 141
10 years or more 148

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 76
1 - 6 months 96
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 58
2 - 5 years 97
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 33
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 805
Usually 194
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 76
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 67
Somewhat hard to take 110
A little hard to take 201
Not at all hard to take 727
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 9
$25-49 39
< $25 574
Not specified 469

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) 18
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 13
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 12
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 11
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 10

Show all 32 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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