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Metformin extended release is working for me!

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Old 01-24-2009, 04:36 AM   #1
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Metformin extended release is working for me!

Hi to the PCOS club,
I just wanted to share my news and excitement. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 12 years ago now, when very little was known about the condition. It took another 7 years before anyone ever mentioned anything about insulin resistance and when I was tested, surprise, surprise, my insulin was very high (but wasn't affecting my glucose yet, luckily!).

An endocrinologist stuck me on metformin and I had one of the worst years of my life. It didn't matter how slowly i tried to increase the dose, even 250mg a day would set off headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and shocking (and often explosive and sudden) diarrhoea. If I drank any alcohol I would get hot flushes, if I didn't have breakfast within half an hour of waking up I would get hypoglycaemic attacks. It was a nightmare and I decided to give up on the metformin and try to control my insulin with diet and exercise.

This worked ok for a few years, but the insulin started creeping up again and after reading some of the posts on this board and doing a little more research I decided to give the metformin extended release a try.

I was worried at first and did have about a week and a half of pain, headaches and diarrhoea (although nothing as bad as with the immediate release tablets) but now i'm feeling better than i have in ages! I'm so excited and i wanted to share that with the 'club' and encourage anyone else who was maybe put off by the side effects that the extended release tablets are worth a go.

Good luck out there!

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