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Metformin

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6.6
6.1  Effectiveness
5  Side Effects
5.2  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 7 Metformin side effects and 3 Metformin benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is Metformin and Brand Name is Glucophage.
Metformin is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
The active ingredients of this medication is metformin hydrochloride.
Mainly used in treating type 2 diabetes.
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Effectiveness of Metformin by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Metformin, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 0.8% 10.8% 69.2% 13.3% 5.8%
Balance/Equilibrium 2.5% 6.7% 86.7% 4.2% 0%
Blood Pressure 0% 5% 82.5% 10.8% 1.7%
Breathing 0.8% 3.3% 90% 5.8% 0%
Confidence 2.5% 2.5% 81.8% 9.1% 4.1%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0.8% 4.2% 88.3% 6.7% 0%
Digestion 0.8% 12.5% 74.2% 10.8% 1.7%
Emotional Well-being 1.7% 9.1% 71.9% 13.2% 4.1%
Energy 3.3% 13.3% 60.8% 20.8% 1.7%
Eyesight 2.5% 5% 85% 6.7% 0.8%
Memory 1.7% 3.3% 87.5% 6.7% 0.8%
Mental Clarity 1.7% 3.3% 85% 10% 0%
Pain 1.7% 6.7% 85.8% 4.2% 1.7%
Patience 1.7% 5% 84.2% 7.5% 1.7%
Sexual Health 3.3% 3.3% 84.2% 8.3% 0.8%
Skin Complexion 0.8% 2.5% 89.2% 6.7% 0.8%
Sleep 0.8% 8.3% 80% 10% 0.8%
Stress Level 1.7% 10.8% 76.7% 8.3% 2.5%
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Commonly Reported Metformin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Allergic Reaction 96.5% 2.7% 0% 0% 0.9%
Anxiety 77.3% 4.5% 9.1% 0% 9.1%
Appetite Loss 78.6% 13.4% 8% 0% 0%
Bloating 76% 15.6% 4.2% 3.1% 1%
Blurred Vision 86.4% 4.5% 9.1% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 95.5% 4.5% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Weight 54.5% 17% 18.8% 8% 1.8%
Cold Symptoms 86.4% 0% 9.1% 4.5% 0%
Confusion 86.4% 9.1% 0% 4.5% 0%
Depression 81.8% 4.5% 0% 4.5% 9.1%
Diarrhea 59.3% 20.3% 11.9% 5.1% 3.4%
Dizziness 82.2% 8.5% 5.9% 2.5% 0.8%
Drowsiness 81.8% 4.5% 9.1% 4.5% 0%
Fatigue 54.5% 22.7% 13.6% 9.1% 0%
Fever 95.5% 0% 0% 4.5% 0%
Flu-Like Symptoms 91.1% 5.4% 1.8% 0% 1.8%
Gas 65.3% 12.7% 13.6% 5.9% 2.5%
Headache 78.8% 11% 6.8% 2.5% 0.8%
Indigestion 77.9% 17.3% 1% 2.9% 1%
Insomnia 77.3% 9.1% 4.5% 4.5% 4.5%
Irregular Heartbeat 95.5% 0% 4.5% 0% 0%
Itching 86.6% 8% 2.7% 1.8% 0.9%
Low Blood Sugar 70.2% 10.6% 13.5% 5.8% 0%
Mood Swings 72.7% 4.5% 13.6% 0% 9.1%
Muscle / Joint Pain 76.9% 10.6% 6.7% 2.9% 2.9%
Muscle Cramping 77.3% 4.5% 13.6% 0% 4.5%
Nausea 82.3% 12.4% 3.5% 0.9% 0.9%
Sensitivity to Light 81.8% 13.6% 0% 4.5% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 90.9% 0% 0% 4.5% 4.5%
Skin Rash 93.8% 4.2% 2.1% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 77.3% 9.1% 9.1% 0% 4.5%
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Less Commonly Reported Metformin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Anemia 92.7% 4.2% 1% 1% 1%
Constipation 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Decrease in Birth Control Effectiveness 97.3% 0% 1.8% 0.9% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 65.6% 21.9% 7.3% 4.2% 1%
Depression 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Discolored Urine 88.4% 5.4% 2.7% 3.6% 0%
Drowsiness 78.1% 12.5% 6.2% 2.1% 1%
Fatigue 69.8% 15.6% 9.4% 2.1% 3.1%
Liver Damage 98.2% 0.9% 0% 0.9% 0%
Low Blood Sugar 75% 12.5% 0% 12.5% 0%
Metallic Taste in Mouth 88.4% 7.1% 2.7% 0% 1.8%
Mood Swings 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Reduced Libido 90.2% 6.6% 1.6% 1.6% 0%
Sickness with Alcohol Consumption 96.4% 0% 1.8% 0.9% 0.9%
Swelling 86.6% 9.8% 3.6% 0% 0%
Vomiting 94.6% 2.7% 1.8% 0% 0.9%
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Episodes since taking Metformin
Since taking Metformin Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.4%
Blindness 0.7%
Fall 5.6%
Hallucination 2.8%
Heart attack 0.7%
Hospitalization 3.5%
Seizure 1.4%
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User Comments about Metformin
12 Apr 2014 I have been on this for a little over a month, I have had nausea at first, but noticed that was better if I ate something then took the pill, there has been an increase in gas, but seems to be slowing down hopefully that ends soon, my appetite is decreasing now that I have been on it a month, did not happen at first, I feel like I have more control over things like sugar that I used to crave like crazy, now its more my choice, my biggest change seems to be in sleep, I used to be up until I took something that would cause my to be tired, but after being on Metformin for the past few weeks I no longer need anything and I sleep really sound, only problem is i get tired faster then I used to, and I want to sleep longer then I have in the past... so its good and bad for me, went from not getting it to getting to much. otherwise I would recommended trying Metformin, seems to be an okay drug so far.
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07 Jul 2012 I was wondering if others have experienced what I did when I went hiking to 11,000 ft elevation on a ten day backpacking trip? I would have episodes of not being able to get enough air, feel dizzi, and have heart palpatations. I've never had altitude pfoblems even at 13,000 feet. I would have to lie down on the trail then would recover some but had repeared episodes. Also, the next winter when I was skiing I had sever thigh cramps and never had that before either!!
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11 Feb 2012 I find metformin pretty save and reliable for mamnaging type 2 diabetes.
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23 Jan 2012 This medication has worked best at controlling my blood sugar
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21 Jan 2012 Helps control my diabetes, but I get sick whenever I drink alcohol while using this medication.
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