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 2,663 973
Polycystic ovary syndrome 265 107
Prediabetes 118 65
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 26 49
Insulin resistance 20 8

Show all 65 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 140
Moderate 179
Mild 230
None 584

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 201
Nausea 66
Stomach pain 31
Upset stomach 20
Loose bowel movements 19
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12

Show all 180 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 98
500 mg daily 72
1,000 mg twice daily 62
1,000 mg twice daily 60
2,000 mg daily 60
1,000 mg daily 57
2 x 1,000 mg twice daily 14
1,500 mg daily 12
850 mg daily 10
1,000 mg daily 9

See all 47 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 208
Doctor's advice 176
Did not seem to work 100
Other 76
Course of treatment ended 49
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 9
See all 481 patients who've stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 122
5 - 10 years 166
10 years or more 139

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 77
1 - 6 months 95
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 105
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 822
Usually 201
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 77
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 68
Somewhat hard to take 111
A little hard to take 207
Not at all hard to take 747
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 9
$25-49 39
< $25 590
Not specified 481

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
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 15
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 14
Sitagliptin (Januvia) 12
Sitagliptin-metformin (Janumet) 12

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching to

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59 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: 500 mg Twice 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: 2000 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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