Why Did Doctors Quit Prescribing Metformin

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With each passing year, fresh scientific evidence emerges to vindicate Life Extension®’s contention that aging humans can derive enormous benefit from an antidiabetic drug called metformin. In 2010 alone, scientists at top-ranked institutions made landmark discoveries that broaden its use to combat degenerative disease. The ability of metformin to help facilitate weight loss has long been known. What few doctors understand are the unique mechanisms by which metformin can prevent and even help treat certain cancers. In a remarkable finding, a team of Swiss researchers found that diabetic women on a long-term metformin regimen (5 years or more) experienced a 56% reduction in breast cancer risk!1 It also slashed pancreatic cancer rates by 62% in diabetics and may cut lung cancer rates in smokers.2,3 In this article, a novel link between impaired glucose control and cancer is detailed. You will discover the growing list of cancers metformin may effectively combat, including those of the colon, uterus, and prostate. You will also learn of a striking connection between the anti-cancer mechanisms of metformin and calorie restriction! Why Metformin Should Be Viewed Differently than Othe 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.

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    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).


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    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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Ignore The Clickbait: Metformin Still Prescribed For Diabetics

Dear Dr. Roach • I have read online and in our local newspaper that doctors are no longer recommending metformin as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Can you please explain why metformin is no longer being prescribed? — P.K. Answer • I, too, have seen online ads saying that doctors no longer prescribe metformin, and if you click through enough times, you find that “one weird food” cures diabetes, and that a special diet totally eliminates the need for medication for all diabetics. This is referred to as “clickbait,” and I encourage you not to pay attention to it. Metformin remains an important medication for many people with Type 2 diabetes, especially if they are overweight. For those people with diabetes who need medication despite an appropriate diet and regular exercise, metformin has been shown to be more beneficial, in terms of preventing diabetic complications and death, than most of the other medication options. It isn’t right for everyone, and people with poor kidney function may not be able to safely take it. Only your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant knows what is best for you. Dear Dr. Roach • I started researching information about ear Continue reading >>

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    So... I was diagnosed at 16 after an ultrasound showing 1 cyst and blood test showing elevated testosterone, and only one period a year.
    I Was on birth control but decided it wasn't for me.
    Now 22, My doctor basically told me all of the treatment options for PCOS and I did some blood tests later on..
    I did a 2 hour glucose test, cholesterol and testosterone.
    After all that, I was prescribed provera (10 mg, 5 days, no refills), I was told my test results on the phone and the only red flag was my testosterone was elevated and a "see ya next year for your annual papsmear bye" lol
    I'm no doctor obviously but how would a 2 hour glucose test determine if I should be on metformin or not....?
    I also don't understand how just one month of provera is "just fine" for a whole YEAR?!
    This whole thing has me a bit annoyed to be honest.

  2. relaxicab

    Metformin is a drug used primarily for diabetes. Women with PCOS often (although not always) have something called insulin resistance. The 2 hour glucose test is looking for IR. If your tests came back in the normal ranges, your Dr won't prescribe it. I know it's frustrating but if you don't have the insulin issues, Metformin won't work very well for you, anyway.
    There's many pcos-ers out there on Met that shouldn't be and it's doing more damage than good.
    Have you looked into the benefits of Inositol? If not, do so, it'll change your life.

  3. mel-25

    I would be frustrated too! Ok, I'm skinny, have never had high or even borderline glucose levels (I took a 1-hour glucose test), and I still have insulin issues. You know how I know? Because I started taking inositol, whose only job is to help your body become more sensitive to insulin (it's been shown to have the same effectiveness in Metformin in clinical studies), and in 24 days it brought on my period after 5 months of not having one.
    There is so much misunderstanding about the insulin stuff. Just because you don't show insulin resistance in your tests doesn't mean you're not more sensitive to normal levels of insulin, or that your body handles insulin efficiently. I would try inositol. Glad you're being proactive and looking out for yourself!

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Why Is Metformin Considered The Drug Of Choice For Type 2 Diabetes?

Gunda Siska, PharmD, has worked in various fields within the pharmaceutical industry as a licensed pharmacist for more than 20 years. She is currently a staff hospital pharmacist assisting nurses and doctors with drug prescribing, administration, and dispensing, as well as independently monitoring and dosing highly toxic and dangerous drugs. For 2 years, she was concurrently a consultant pharmacist for skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes. Dr. Siska is a member of the New Mexico Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Follow her on Twitter @GundaSiska Metformin is a medication that I believe is underappreciated by the general public. Many people ttell me that their doctor prescribed this drug for them, but they took themselves off of it, but if they knew what I know about metformin, they would have stayed on the medication. This is what I know: metformin extends life. It’s been proven in animal studies1 and in humans. A prospective observational study of nearly 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and arteriosclerosis found that metformin use was associated with 24% lower all-cause mortality compared to patients Continue reading >>

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    So sorry to hear of your experience. Sadly, it sounds like you have a bit more information about PCOS than your doctor. Hate to echo all the previous comments to change doctors, however that might be the best option. I'd humbly suggest, and agree with those who also think, it may be time for a **Reproductive Endocrinologist.**
    I backed into my PCOS diagnosis after having children; my OB-GYN put me on Clomid simply because I didn't ovulate regularly. And two cycles in, we conceived twins. It was only after the children were a few years old -- and 150+ pounds later -- that an Ann Landers/Dear Abby column my mother read connected the dots between my various symptoms to lead to PCOS. My OB, when presented with the option, totally agreed. She put me on oral contraceptives (to regulate hormones) and spironolactone (a diuretic to help flush excess testosterone from my system).
    It wasn't long after that we prepared to move to a military installation and my OB, who was trained by the military, suggested that once I was there, I seek out a "reproductive endocrinologist." I'd never heard the term before, but followed her advice. While sitting in that waiting room, I think I was part of a very small percentage of patients not already or actively trying to become pregnant.
    And yes, this doctor -- who in 2001 had already published articles on PCOS -- pretty immediately added metformin to the other meds I was already using. He did explain that it was an "off-label" use for it, however it was the beginning of cutting edge treatment for PCOS at the time. (With the 150+ pound weight gain, it was pretty evident I was also insulin-resistant; cell walls not allowing nutrients to pass through --> starving cells send out messages for hunger/needing nutrients --> repeat cycle)
    In discussing the medication change, I recall asking whether I'd continue to take the metformin IF my husband and I hoped to become pregnant again. His response sort of floored me -- so this is very much a paraphrase: In the past, we had pregnant women stop it. However, Yes, we're beginning to think it's important for the body to maintain the benefits of the metformin throughout the pregnancy. And we're likely to have fewer miscarriages then...
    (The miscarriage part floored me, because I'd had one AFTER the first pregnancy triggered the dormant aspects of PCOS and kicked them to the new level that included the insulin resistance. Suddenly my miscarriage was no longer an "act of God" but a failure of my body to create a conducive environment for a developing child. So, I grieved even more 5 years after the fact than I had at the time of the actual miscarriage itself.)
    About this same time, PCOS was a featured cover story in my husband's JAPA (Journal of Association of Physician Assistants) magazine. I read it, understood about 2/3 of it, and greatly appreciated it was a syndrome finally getting more attention. At that time, the cycle was understood -- yet it was still attempting to determine the actual starting point. (i.e. the chicken and egg scenario).
    A few years later, I dropped the oral contraceptive on my own (probably a mistake) and was so giddy about menstruating on a regular cycle *without* it, that I literally called my husband at work with the news. And yes, that was because of the metformin. I remained regular thereafter and, I hate to admit, felt more like "a real woman" again....
    More recently (and several moves later), I sought out the help of a reproductive endocrinologist again. While I'm past child-bearing (i.e. hysterectomy), I likely will be on metformin for the rest of my life. A fact pretty much confirmed at a very recent diabetes education consultation. I explained that a frustration for me was even if I lost 150+ pounds, was that I'd likely always be on the metformin and spironolactone *because of the PCOS* for the rest of my life. They agreed...
    Don't give up hope. There ARE other pathways out there. You'll ultimately find the one for the two of you. And yes, life's too short to continue working with a medical provider that a) doesn't listen to you and/or b) doesn't explain their decisions. Best Wishes!


    I totally understand the frustrating road of IF and PCOS! You want to get going and the tests take time (and $), which is a pain. But... the Dr. it being realistically thorough. Going through various levels of treatment only to find that your spouse has issues or you have complicating factors would be beyond frustrating - infact everyone here would be telling you to find a new Dr. because they should have tested you, etc. :)
    The tests cost money out of pocket, but you can't get proper treatment without them having a full picture of both of you.
    Did the Dr. say Metformin was not at all in your future?

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    Whilst Metformin should be the primary allopathic drug of choice in treating Metformin, as supported by all the studies to date and it is ridiculous that the US has not approved it for use in PCOS, there are other options.
    There are plenty of natural supplements that have either a similar action to Metformin, or have been proven in clinical trials to be as effective.
    They are generally cheaper than pharmaceutical medicines, with less side effects if taken appropriately.
    As Nyxwolfwalker said and SweetSunshine reiterated more eloquently ... not all women with PCOS have clinically present Insulin Resistance to warrant treatment with Metformin. Insulin levels can be kept in check in some instances through strict dietary and exercise changes. I would reiterate PTPHELAN's point to ensure that you do get a good workup prior to going on Metformin. As SweetSunshine said, you need to know for certain that you have a high fasting insulin level. Not glucose, but insulin. The euglycaemic clamp test is the most effective, but it's invasive, must be done in a hospital and very few practitioners will agree to do it. Ron Rosedale, Chief Medial Officer of Advanced Metabolic Laboratories I think does them, but he is in Denver Colorado.
    You may have more success locally getting a frequently sampled IV glucose tolerance test performed. It generally believed to provide comparable accuracy to a euglycaemic clamp.
    The other factor to take into consideration in whether or not Metformin will be beneficial to you or not, is the amount and type of carbohydrates you consume. From speaking with many women with PCOS (and having had a negative reaction to Metformin myself) I have come up with a hypothesis that Metformin is not helpful and may actually be detrimental to women who closely control their carbohydrate intake, eat a large percentage of fresh, unprocessed, low GI food and exercise regularly - at least once and even multiple times per day.
    Anyway, to end this long ramble, because it's nearly 3 am ... make sure that you have your insulin levels tested on fasting and as part of a glucose tolerance test of some description. Many GTTs only test for glucose. With PCOS it is imperative that they also check insulin levels at each interval.
    Did anyone mention how important appropriate amounts of sleep is in the treatment of PCOS? I truly need my head read ;) Good night.
    Edited by: BELROSA at: 5/31/2009 (12:54)
    I have a website with loads of PCOS info www.mypcos.info Please stop by!
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