is anyone on Metformin for PCOS and Insulin resistance?

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  1. Ive been diagnosed with PCOS and IR and have been told to take Metformin but im so scared of the side effects.

    Any positives?

    Any hints?
  2. I'm not IR but I have PCOS. I read a couple message boards that I've been able to learn a lot on. Just do a google search and you should be able to find them. I'm not sure if it's okay to post the links here though.
  3. I was prescribed Metformin because my Dr. felt I needed to lose some xtra lb's and because I had gestational diabetes in the past. Also, (kind of OT,but I live in a smallish town and we all go to the same Dr.) it seems that he's prescribed about 80% of us on Metformin and we have different weights and health 'issues' but one of my friends has a thyroid issue and her specialist thought that it was great that we were on Metformin...

    Anyhow, I tried it. I was always tired w/headaches and the occasional poops. I'm not a big fan of it but then again, I'm not sure if it's for me.
  4. I dont have PCOS but I do have IR and I take metformin and I like it, It keeps my weight at bay, the only real side affect i get is bad poops but its worth it for me. Give it a try, It takes a few weeks to get used to it but after that it should be alright. I hope I was of some help to you
  5. i was perscibed metafrmin fr PC0S a few weeks ag0 and have yet t0 take the pills bc they make me nervus..i guess we are in the same b0at
  6. I take Avandamet, but during a time when there was a production glitch, they would give me Metformin and Avandia (Avandamet is just both in one pill).

    For me, either way, the hands-down number one side effect of Metformin could be viewed as a benefit - You get lots of extra exercise sprinting to the bathroom!

    Edit to note that that particular side effect goes away in a few weeks for most people. Unfortunately, I am not most people, but nobody wants me to go to insulin until I have to, and the alternatives to Metformin don't work as efficiently in lowering blood sugar, which is the whole point of taking it, for me. In case any readers have missed my numerous and verbiose posts on the subject, I have diabetes and peripheral neuropathy.
  7. I have this exact same issue (since 1996) please PM me for more info on PCOS and metformin. I can tell you all the positives and negatives.