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 2,670 978
Polycystic ovary syndrome 267 109
Prediabetes 121 64
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 26 49
Insulin resistance 20 8

Show all 64 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 183
Mild 232
None 586

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Metformin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 200
Nausea 68
Stomach pain 32
Loose bowel movements 19
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 12
Weight gain 12

Show all 147 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Metformin

Dosage Patients
500 mg twice daily 96
500 mg daily 78
1,000 mg twice daily 64
2,000 mg daily 58
1,000 mg twice daily 54
1,000 mg daily 50
1,500 mg daily 15
2 x 1,000 mg twice daily 12
850 mg daily 9
1,000 mg daily 9

See all 49 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Metformin

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 210
Doctor's advice 178
Did not seem to work 102
Other 76
Course of treatment ended 50
Personal research 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 9
See all 485 patients who've stopped taking Metformin

Duration

Currently taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 128
5 - 10 years 169
10 years or more 146

Stopped taking Metformin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 77
1 - 6 months 95
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 106
5 - 10 years 68
10 years or more 35
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 827
Usually 204
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 77
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 68
Somewhat hard to take 112
A little hard to take 211
Not at all hard to take 750
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 6
$50-99 9
$25-49 39
< $25 593
Not specified 486

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) 13
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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