I have been using metformin 500mg for a long time now, many years in fact so it's nothing new to me. i also take actos 45mg along with it. since july i haven't had any problems going to the washroom with normal looking stools and i was taking 1000mg a day of it. once at lunch and then i take the actos at dinner and i took the last metformin pill before i went to bed..so on an empty stomach but i never had any diarrhea problems.
but then i was upped to 2000mg a day so i had to take 4 pills on july and i had to adjust when to take them again…so i took one at lunch and one close to dinner, then the actos with dinner and then one later after dinner and the last before bed..again, 2 of those occasions on an empty stomach, and it was fine for the first 3 months up until 2 weeks ago when i started having diarrhea like symptoms and it's been that way since.
i thought it was because of some expired hot dog meat i ate (it was a almost 3 weeks old) but it didn't get better. the funny thing i don't really have diarrhea cause i'm not going to the washroom more than 3x a day. i only go once and sometimes twice a day but it's kind of watery/mushy…it was once normal looking snake like last sunday but that's it. sometimes if i go a second time, it'll be like broken up pieces of stool. though when i wipe the stool its not like completely wet either, it's like mushy normal looking stool wipe and i know diarrhea is completely water so the toilet paper isn't wet
bottom line is when go once a day and it's always been watery/mushy and i'm not sure if the metformin is causing this because this is like a late onset reaction 3 months later. can anyone tell me if metformin can do this? there's no blood, no pain, no urgency to go so many times a day..