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 2,587 911
Polycystic ovary syndrome 252 97
Prediabetes 106 58
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 26 47
General health 17 3

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 137
Moderate 175
Mild 218
None 549

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 192
Nausea 63
Stomach pain 28
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 67
1,000 mg twice daily 63
1,000 mg daily 58
1,000 mg twice daily 55
2,000 mg daily 39
1,500 mg daily 16
500 mg three times daily 15
1,000 mg daily 11
2 x 1,000 mg twice daily 11

See all 47 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 197
Doctor's advice 163
Did not seem to work 90
Other 70
Course of treatment ended 44
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 10
See all 450 patients who've stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 118
5 - 10 years 130
10 years or more 141

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 68
1 - 6 months 94
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 787
Usually 188
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 74
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 66
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 193
Not at all hard to take 716
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 9
$25-49 37
< $25 564
Not specified 455

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) 8

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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59 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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