Side Effects Metformin If Not Diabetic

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Metformin 850mg Tablets

1. WHAT METFORMIN IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR The name of this medicine is Metformin 500mg or 850mg Tablets (called metformin in this leaflet). It belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides (a type of oral hypoglycaemic). Metformin is used for the sort of diabetes called Type 2 diabetes or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. In type 2 diabetes, there is too much sugar (glucose) in your blood. This is because your body does not make enough insulin or because it makes insulin that does not work properly. Insulin is a hormone that allows your body tissue to take glucose from the blood and use it for energy or for storage for future use. Metformin works by improving the sensitivity of your body to insulin. It helps your body to use glucose in the normal way again This medicine is given when diet and exercise alone has not been able to control your blood sugar levels. Metformin can be given on its own. However, sometimes it is given with other medicines for diabetes or with insulin. In patients who are overweight, long-term use of metformin also helps to lower the risk of any problems related to diabetes you are allergic (hypersensitive) to metformin or any of the other ingr Continue reading >>

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  1. PurpleButterfies

    Conflicting stories about taking metformin - will it help my weight and PCOS?

    My gyno prescribed metformin 500 mg 2 x day for PCOS. He said it was an anti-diabetic but that it is also taken for PCOS. I have had a hard time managing my weight and he thought that it would help. Well I just saw a gastroenterologist for some other issues, and he said I was on a lot of medication, which I agreed, but I take them all because I need to. He asked if I had diabetes because I take metformin, and I said No, that I take it for PCOS and that I was maybe pre-diabetic because I haven't been managing my weight well. He said metformin the purpose of metformin was to utilize sugar by turning it into fat, so it was not going to help me loose weight, it would do the opposite. This thoroughly confused me. I said I was under the impression that it was to keep your sugar leveled... we started to get into a disagreement so I just said ok. Well I am really upset. I have been on it for several months. At first it made me really sick but not so much anymore. But I haven't lost any weight. I am just really confused now. Can anyone offer me their advice, experience, or opinion... it would be appreciated. Thanks.

  2. LA

    The following explain in detail what your gyn is hoping to accomplish:
    Metformin, sold under the trade name Glucophage, is used to treat diabetes, but several studies show that it also helps non-diabetics to lose weight by reducing hunger (1).


  3. PU PurpleButterfies

    Thank you for all the helpful information LaurieShay. Can you please tell me the article you were referencing this information from... I would like to print it out for my gastro. I printed straight from here for me to reference what you were saying, but I'd like the article as well. Thank you so much. I think I've looked at pcossupport.org before and will check it out again. Thanks again.

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Metformin Side Effects: Side Effects of Metformin: Metformin and Diabetes

Side Effects Of Metformin: What You Should Know

Metformin is a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of medications called biguanides. People with type 2 diabetes have blood sugar (glucose) levels that rise higher than normal. Metformin doesn’t cure diabetes. Instead, it helps lower your blood sugar levels to a safe range. Metformin needs to be taken long-term. This may make you wonder what side effects it can cause. Metformin can cause mild and serious side effects, which are the same in men and women. Here’s what you need to know about these side effects and when you should call your doctor. Find out: Can metformin be used to treat type 1 diabetes? » Metformin causes some common side effects. These can occur when you first start taking metformin, but usually go away over time. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or cause a problem for you. The more common side effects of metformin include: heartburn stomach pain nausea or vomiting bloating gas diarrhea constipation weight loss headache unpleasant metallic taste in mouth Lactic acidosis The most serious side effect metformin can cause is lactic acidosis. In fact, metformin has a boxed warning about this risk. A boxed warnin Continue reading >>

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    I've been nervous to post this, but I'm just going to throw this out there...does anyone use Metformin to "optimize" insulin and (potentially) weight loss? All current signs point that I'm one of those women Dr. Gerber described in the last podcast - insulin sensitive, lab work excellent, but just hold onto weight and difficulty losing it. Insulin test is pending - that said, my A1C has been excellent for years so my provider expects my insulin to be good, but maybe not optimal.
    I do strict keto, IF, and up to 72 hour fasting. My latest stall is at 6 weeks.

    Thoughts? I know using medication to basically optimize could be controversial. (And berberine hasn't done anything.)

  2. Cocoplum

    I take 1000 mg per day of metformin, up from 500 mg last year. My primary care physician was totally cool with writing the prescription when I asked. My goals were a wide range of health benefits; my weight after 2.5 years in ketosis is great (same as freshman year college), and my HA1c is 5.0, so weight loss wasn't my goal. A great survey paper on metformin is available (free full text) here:
    All the best,


  3. utshell

    Thanks! I've read quite a few LCHF researchers/experts take it and aren't necessarily diabetic. I'm not sure if that's true or not. I figured it won't hurt anything. My A1C fluctuates between 5-5.2, and has been as low as 4.9. But I still carry a bit of excess weight that even on strict keto and fasting is very slow to come off and has stalled for over 6 weeks now. I figure really working on the insulin level can't hurt the situation I can't find literature on this application specifically and was curious if anyone here has had any experience with this.

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6 Reasons Why Metformin Might Not Be Safe For Pcos

Have you been prescribed metformin for PCOS and are wondering what the side affects are? Metformin is often described as a ‘safe’ drug, but read on to find out why this might not be the case. When I was diagnosed with PCOS, the first thing I asked my GP was what I could take to ‘fix’ it. She gently explained that there was no pill or surgery that could cure my condition. However, there was a drug that could help with the elevated insulin levels caused by it. Metformin, she claimed, was a safe drug with no major side effects that would help with insulin resistance and weight loss. Sign me up. At first, I thought metformin was the wonder drug. I lost about 5kg in 4 months, more than I had ever been able to lose previously. I was ecstatic. I had a quick look online to see whether there were any side effects and initially found that diarrhea, loose stools, fatigue, and muscle soreness were commonly experienced. But I thought that it was small price to pay for finally being able to lose some weight. However, when I investigated further I found that that there are some much more sinister side effects of metformin that aren’t so widely publicised. These include: – Depleting ou Continue reading >>

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  1. mamayenn

    metformin for non diabetics

    a lady i work with was put on metformin. her a1c was 5.7. she ask if she would need a meter to check her sugar and the doctor told her that she would not need to check her sugar because the metformin would not cause a non diabetic persons sugar to drop........what gives with this. explain please. looks to me like if anyone took a sugar lowering pill it would make their sugar drop just like a diabetics. im confused.

  2. She ra

    I say I don't believe that. Why wouldn't it make a person's BG drop? It stimulates the pancreas to create insulin, it also helps stop the absorbtion of some of the carbs we eat. Maybe it doesn't stimulate the pancreas as much? Not sure. I do know of 1 man at work that is NOT diabetic and takes it and he has no problems, but, he eats normally.
    If that were me, I would test my blood, but, maybe only if I felt funny.

  3. Coho

    I believe Metformin limits the liver from dumping glucose.

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