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Old 11-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Does Metformin Help with Weight Loss?

My doctor just did a two hour glucose test and if I come back insulin resistant, she wants to put me on Metformin. Does this drug actually help you lose weight, or just make it harder for your body to gain fat?
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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My doctor just put me on metformin. I have PCOS and am insulin resistant. I am interested in seeing what replies you get.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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It CAN help with weight loss, but it doesn't for everyone, nor is it a miracle drug. It helps a bit with appetite suppression and I believe it's helped keep my metabolism steady, so that I lost weight at a more regular pace than I might have without it.
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It helps with weight loss, but not by itself. You still need to be on a well-formulated low carb diet. It helps keep me "honest" because when I ingest too many carbs I have immediate and explosive (!) consequences from the Metformin.

Make sure you start Met S-L-O-W-L-Y--it causes a lot of GI distress if you don't. Start with a dose of 500 mg. once a day and gradually work up to the prescribed dose over a period of WEEKS (not too fast). It's best if your doctor will prescribe Extended Release forms of Met--fewer side effects. ALWAYS take it with food. Some people have to take it mid-meal, because taking it before your stomach is full causes side effects, too.
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I started looking at some of the side effects. It looks scary!

Also, that glucose drink they gave me in the doctor's office today to do the 2 hour blood test really knocked me on my butt when it finally wore off. Major crash, hunger, and feeling kinda sick.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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Metformin can be an immense blessing if dosed carefully in an insulin resistant person. It's no magic bullet, though
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:31 PM   #7
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my 15yo daughter is insulin resistant and has PCOS, she has been taking metforim for 2 weeks now. her dr told her that while it will not make her lose weight it can help her lose weight. that said she is down nearly 7 pounds in the two weeks she has been on it, she has been eating a low carb diet since June and has not seen results like this till she started the metforim
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:45 PM   #8
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I've been on Metformin for many years...1000 mg morning and night. I can't tell that it's ever been a help for weight loss nor have I had the GI issues that a lot of people have. I guess everyone is different.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:45 PM   #9
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I heard it helps.aid in wl. My bil told me this. He is diabetic. My hubs takes met as well. I should take a.dose, lol.
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If you look up the Blood Sugar 101 website, Jenny Ruhl has an entire section on Metformin under "Diabetes Drugs. Quick Summary".

Metformin is responsible for my second child (OK, DH helped, too). IMHO, a miracle drug.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #11
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my doctor told me that it has appetite restricting properties

but whether i was following plan, or involved in a sordid binging period, i never was aware that it worked for me. However, I guess it is yet another YMMV issue. Congratulations to those of you who do experience that aspect of Metformin. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
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I took met for PCOS and let me tell ya.. GI distress is no fun! The doctor put me on a mega dose and it about knocked me out. Me and the bathroom were bestfriends for about 2 weeks. I really didnt moniter my weight at that point in my life.
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I think it helps. good luck.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:47 PM   #14
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I've been on Metformin for many years...1000 mg morning and night. I can't tell that it's ever been a help for weight loss nor have I had the GI issues that a lot of people have. I guess everyone is different.
Froggy, do you take 2000 mg's a day, and if so, are they the extended release? I ask because I was taking the reg dose and the doc switched me to extended and I am not sure when to take the doses. One pharmacist said to take both 1000 mg tabs in the morning, another one told me to take one in the morning, one at dinner.....another said no, take both at evening meal. One last pharmacist questioned why the dose was so big, of course the other one standing next to her said "that's not that big of a dose"....needless to say I left confused and am just taking one tablet in the morning and none at nite now....and now, my sugar is creeping back up...any suggestions would be helpful because I had to talk my Dr. into giving /finding me the extended release, she thought I was crazy, that there was no such med on the market. Thus the confusion on when to take it, I don't trust her knowledge of it and need someone to guide me...Thanks! Just wanted to add, pharmacist said she, the doc, probably didn't know when I should take it, especially since she didn't know they even made the metformin in the extended release.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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my 15yo daughter is insulin resistant and has PCOS, she has been taking metforim for 2 weeks now. her dr told her that while it will not make her lose weight it can help her lose weight. that said she is down nearly 7 pounds in the two weeks she has been on it, she has been eating a low carb diet since June and has not seen results like this till she started the metforim
If you dont mind, can I ask what her dose is?
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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Froggy, do you take 2000 mg's a day, and if so, are they the extended release? I ask because I was taking the reg dose and the doc switched me to extended and I am not sure when to take the doses. One pharmacist said to take both 1000 mg tabs in the morning, another one told me to take one in the morning, one at dinner.....another said no, take both at evening meal. One last pharmacist questioned why the dose was so big, of course the other one standing next to her said "that's not that big of a dose"....needless to say I left confused and am just taking one tablet in the morning and none at nite now....and now, my sugar is creeping back up...any suggestions would be helpful because I had to talk my Dr. into giving /finding me the extended release, she thought I was crazy, that there was no such med on the market. Thus the confusion on when to take it, I don't trust her knowledge of it and need someone to guide me...Thanks! Just wanted to add, pharmacist said she, the doc, probably didn't know when I should take it, especially since she didn't know they even made the metformin in the extended release.
I take 1000 mg in the morning and another 1000 mg at night. They are not extended release. I use a military pharmacy and they don't carry the extended release. Even with 2000 mg of metformin, Actos and a shot of Victoza every morning my numbers were going up again until I started low carb. My fasting blood sugar most mornings is now in the 90 - 110 range. That's a whole lot better than 275 - 300 every day. I'm hoping that my doc is willing to take me off of some of the meds at my next check up in February.

I hope you can find some answers.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:00 PM   #17
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I just started taking metformin 500 ER morning and night. Now, I am pretty good on my LC plan and have been frustrated to get this extra 10 pounds off.

It seems to be helping..Now if I get below my set point (for years) of 150'ish..I will know that it is working and I should have been on it before.

Let you know next week..
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:14 AM   #18
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i'm taking 500 mg/daily and I have never noticed any connection between taking it and weight loss. Stomach issues yes - not now but I think because i'm only doing 500 mg. Years ago I had horrible stomach issues.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:38 PM   #19
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I have been taking 1000mg 2x daily for almost a month. I am also watching my carbs and ensuring that I eat at least every four hours. Max of 45g per meal, 15 per snack. I also take 10 units of insulin every night. I lost 17 lbs the first two weeks (and I did not exercise or go hungry). I haven't weighed myself since Nov 16th, but plan to do so this Friday. I'm interested in seeing what the numbers will be.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #20
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It definitely helped me with weightloss. I have never had a weight problem could always eat what I wanted because I did work out all the time. well, gradually over the last 10 years have been gaining weight, even though I exercise twice a day and started watching what I ate more(mostly low carb). It was so depressing..My obgyn tried to make it sound like this was natural weight gain because I was getting older but I knew that was not it..... Finally I found a new obgyn and I told her of my problem of weight gain and she said she suspected I had insulin resistance by what I had told her. I did the 2 hr test and ended up having it and have been on metformin for a year and a half. I am so grateful to her. I am back down to my normal weight, I ended up losing 35 lbs that I had gained. I work out the same as I always did, do low carb and do not have any added sugar but the metformin has been the thing that helped me get back to where I should be. Obviously watching what you eat and exercise is not always enough. It was so depressing to me before because I thought what is the point? working out so much I should be able to eat what I want, but then working out so much and watching what I ate and STILL gaining weight?? So happy now because I can pretty much do what I want now ...
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:20 AM   #21
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Mooooose, if you were doing low carb right before your glucose tollerence test the
results are not vailid. You need to be eating carbs a few days before the test for it
to give an accurate result.
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