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jjordie

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Just over three weeks ago I started on Metformin and since then I seem to have had
an almost permanent headache. Is this one of the side effects?
I also have gripey stomache pains and a horrible metallic taste in my mouth.

Anybody else had a headache when first starting on Metformin and does
it go away in time?

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If you Google metformin and it's side effects you'll find that you've described them all, exceptin' maybe the headache thing.

I've been on now for about 10 months and the only thing I get occasionally is, "the gripey stomach" and it's associated trips to the bathroom.

They should go away after awhile...stick with it because the more I've read about metformin, the more I realize it truly is a wonder drug.

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I have been on Metformin now for about 3 weeks and so far I love it. I have tried both Avandia and Avandaryl and neither worked the best for me. They helped with keeping the numbers where I wanted them but they also caused other problems. The only thing with the Metformin so far is the stomach issue but that seems to be coming under control with time. The Metformin cost me about 1/3 of what the others cost for an added benefit.
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are they really that bad? i am going to be put on metformin in 3 weeks and i know its not the best and everything but are the pains to the point where you cannot get anything done?
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My husband is on metformin. When he first started on it, he did have the stomach cramps and headaches. After about 6 weeks, the side effects went away. He says that they weren't so bad he couldn't work or anything. He just took Tylenol for the headaches and made sure the door to the bathroom was open. :)
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are they really that bad? i am going to be put on metformin in 3 weeks and i know its not the best and everything but are the pains to the point where you cannot get anything done?



Tricia
The gripey pains are a bit of a nuisance but unlike some, I do not have to keep rushing to the loo.
The headaches are also a real nuisance but hoping they go away as my system gets used to the Metformin -
but I haven't heard of headaches being a common side effect which was why I posted on here
hoping somebody would know.

Otherwise, I am so pleased that my BGs have really improved in only three weeks!

And - Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding

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Metformin 500mg x 3
Aspirin 75mg x 1
Sotalol 20mg x 2
Thyroxine 175mg
Betahistine 8mg x 3
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ok sounds good thank you :) and i am glad your bgs are going down...that is what i am hoping for too!!
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Thanks for your reply Rikki
Glad somebody can tell me headaches should go away in
a few more weeks. BGs are so improved I can wait for a bit longer :)
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(Started Metformin October 2006)


Metformin 500mg x 3
Aspirin 75mg x 1
Sotalol 20mg x 2
Thyroxine 175mg
Betahistine 8mg x 3
Gliclazide

Everything makes sense to someone at some time:pcguru:

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Metformin gave me headaches, but I was on Metformin ER (extended release). You only take it once a day and it lasts 24 hours. For some reason my endo said to take it in the morning, which is not usual. When I switched to taking it at night, the headaches went away (or maybe I just had them in my sleep, heh). Are you on extended release? Sometimes people have better luck with side effects when they don't have to take it more than once a day.
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lilituc

I am on 500mg Metformin before breakfast and same before evening meal.
Supposed to start taking another 500mg before lunch but I am putting it off until the end of the week.
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Metformin 500mg x 3
Aspirin 75mg x 1
Sotalol 20mg x 2
Thyroxine 175mg
Betahistine 8mg x 3
Gliclazide

Everything makes sense to someone at some time:pcguru:

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lilituc

I am on 500mg Metformin before breakfast and same before evening meal.
Supposed to start taking another 500mg before lunch but I am putting it off until the end of the week.


In that case maybe you could ask your doctor about the extended release.
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I've been on metformin for a year and 3 months, still have the perkulating tummy some days, but never had any headaches from it. I have headaches, almost daily sometimes, but that's from other reasons ;)

As someone else stated, the extended release is supposed to be a bit easier on the side effects.

lilituc - I've never heard of it being uncommon or unusual for it to be taken in the morning! That's exactly how me, my dad and my sis were instructed, and how I've heard quite a few others who take it were instructed!

None of us take ours at meal times either, other than breakfast. We 3 take it multiple times a day. Me, twice daily, I take it when I wake up (about 9 am) and then I take it again 12 hours later. My sis the same. I think my dad's the same. Haven't asked him ;)

I did start off on the extended form (I was taking that twice a day too! as is my sis now), but a few weeks later I went to the regular, quite by accident, I misinformed the doc when he was writing me a new prescription because my doses were upped (I got my orig script in the ER) but that's alright, I've no insurance therefore I gotta pay outta my own pocket, and the regular was cheaper!

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As someone else stated, the extended release is supposed to be a bit easier on the side effects.

lilituc - I've never heard of it being uncommon or unusual for it to be taken in the morning! That's exactly how me, my dad and my sis were instructed, and how I've heard quite a few others who take it were instructed!


I've heard that the ER is usually prescribed to be taken at night. What I don't understand is it is supposed to have fewer side effects because it's only taken once a day. I'm not sure how taking it twice a day would have any advantage over the regular.
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I've heard that the ER is usually prescribed to be taken at night..


Hmm, could be ... not been my experience, nor anyone else I knew of.

What I don't understand is it is supposed to have fewer side effects because it's only taken once a day. I'm not sure how taking it twice a day would have any advantage over the regular.


because no matter, once or twice a day, it's slowly released, rather than dumped all at once.

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I suffered from headaches and was switched to Metformin Slow Release. The headaches stopped. Yay!

They did come back at one point. It's kinda sporadic. Usually BG runs higher or lower than what I am used to when I suffer from headaches.

I too have that metallic taste in my mouth at times. Not always. It comes and goes. Bothered me a lot more at the very beginning.

It's been 2 years and a few months since I'm on Metformin.

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It took me about a month and a half to get past the "ickies" with Metfromin. Emergency trips to the bathroom, the metallic taste in my mouth, even a few headaches...name it, I got it. But it does help..it's one of the best meds out there....just stick to it and see how it goes Jjordie.

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I had just about every side recorded side effect for Metformin except the headaches [ :) ] and I was in a bad way. After six months they all just disappeared and now I am barely conscious of the Metformin except for the fact that my sugar level is under control :marchmell
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The only time I have stomach problems with Metformin is when I do not take it with a meal. Before or after a meal and I am running to the bathroom. I start eating and then take the pill. I get headaches sometimes, it seems to have more to do with my numbers though. If I am high, I have headaches.
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Extremely re-assuring to know that these side effects disappear in time - be it 6 weeks or 6 months, my BGs are so much better I will carry on with the Metformin.

Doc told me to take it immediately before a meal and it should lessen any side effects. Well I still got side effects but maybe they would have been worse if I hadn't followed his instructions. Will be increasing to 3 x 500mg tomorrow so hoping headaches etc won't be any worse.


JacquiS- thanks for enquiring about my knee. Have been to the hospital this morning and told op should be done before end of March so still a while to wait. :)
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Thyroxine 175mg
Betahistine 8mg x 3
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Further on to Metformin and my headache problems I now have such a revolting taste in my mouth
all the time since taking Metformin that I really find it a problem to eat anything or even drink plain water -
everything tastes as if it comes out of a sewer :(

Has anybody found a 'cure' for this as cleaning my teeth repeatedly and mouth wash seem to have no effect.

Apart from this nuisance my BGs have really improved and if I have a problem eating then perhaps
I might even lose a bit of weight.

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Just remembered - the only thing that tastes ok when I eat it is chocolate!
- but then should only eat a very little bit of that shouldn't I? :D

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Metformin 500mg x 3
Aspirin 75mg x 1
Sotalol 20mg x 2
Thyroxine 175mg
Betahistine 8mg x 3
Gliclazide

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