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    Old 01-05-2005, 05:34 AM   #1
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    Question Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    Hi everyone,

    My gyn just prescribed 1500mg/day of Metformin. It is commonly used to control high blood sugar in diabetic patients, but one of the side effects is increased chances of becoming pregnant. The doc says that when taken by non-diabetic patients it has no ill effects.

    HAS ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE TAKEN METFORMIN? IF SO, WHAT WERE YOUR RESULTS???

    I'm getting ready to begin my 3rd round of clomid (100mg) in conjunction with the Metformin. I hope this combo works!!!!!!

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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    I was on the metformin for about a month. The side effects were really bad for me. What is the reason your doctor put you on it? Mine was due to pcos(poly cystic ovarian syndrom) and it is supposed to help you lose weight. I also did 6 months of clomid and nothing. I did lose a little weight on the metformin but the side effects were killin me. Good luck to you.
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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    Hi Julie
    I have been on the Metformin with the Clomid since Sept. In Nov I had no luck with the 2 meds and went to the ob/gyn specialist and he put me on Premarin cream too for the dryness that the Clomid was causing. I have noticed a big change in this month's cycle. I am getting ready to o in the next couple of days so I will know in about 2 weeks if this combination will work for us. We have been ttc for 3 1/2 years now. Everybody told me that it was not me with the problem or that I should not be the problem since I have a ds that is 9yo. With the Metformin I do have some of the side effects it all depends on if I eat a lot or not. Alot of times I don't feel like eating. I have lost some weight also on the Metformin. Good luck with ttc.
    I have to get going for now.
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    Old 01-07-2005, 07:59 AM   #4
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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    My doc put me on metformin for PCOS. I started it in August, 04, and used a low-carb diet too. We were planning on starting injectibles January, 05 (due to insurance changes), but I wanted to get started on the metformin first to give my body a head start. Anyway, after 2 months of metformin AND a low carb diet, I got pregnant!!! I'm now almost 16 weeks along. I was TTC for 2 1/2 years with my first b/c of the PCOS, and was only able to concieve with injectibles and trigger shot. This time, the metformin did it alone! I stress the low-carb diet though, b/c I really believe that had a huge impact. I always thought it was a bunch of bologne that people with PCOS could get pregnant this way, until it happened to me. Good luck!!!!!!!

     
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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    Hi, Erica

    I don't need to lose any weight; the doc only put me on it because it has a side effect of "increased chances of becoming pregnant." He said that it is a diabetic med used to control blood sugar, but that many obgyn's now prescribe it to their patients who are ttc, and that if your blood sugar is normal it can't hurt you. Since I'm already over 40, the doc is just trying to help me speed up the process as quickly as possible. However, the metformin has caused me to have diarrhea.... Did this happen to you too? If so, what did you take to help with that?????
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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    Thanks, Sue! And good luck to you & your DH too!!!!!!!
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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    Thanks for the encouragment, Jody! I also eat lo-carb pretty much... just b/c I prefer it and it keeps my weight normal. I'm glad to know that it didn't effect you becoming pregnant.
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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    Yes I did get the diareha(sp?) I took immodium AD and it helped a little but it got expensive after a while so that is why I stopped taking both meds. I am going to go back to the doc and see if I can get back on it at a lower dose and see if maybe doing it that way will decrease the side effects and then maybe I can gradually up the dose to what they wanted it to me. Wishing you all the luck in the world with ttc. My son is going to be 9 on sunday and when I asked him what he wanted for his b day he told me a brother or sister.....what am I supposed to say to him about that? Oh well I hope he likes the guitar I got him LOL well take care and keep in touch
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    Re: Has anyone else taken METFORMIN??

    Julie
    I do get the diarrhea and nausea feeling from the metformin to. I was taking 500mg twice a day and the md wanted me to go up to 850mg twice a day. I told her about the side effects and she told me that if they got to bad to go back to the 500mg tablets. My pharmicist that I work with recommend that I take both 500mg at night and that seemed to help. Now I take 500mg in the morning and 850mg when I eat supper. I have noticed it effects me most when I don't eat much for a meal.
    Good luck with ttc.
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