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Hello Everyone,
I have a problem !!! Ever since i started taking METFORMIN. My little man got way smaller, sometimes he never even makes a showing. I'm 36, NOT READY TO GIVE UP SEX !!!! I blame it on the medication. I was in the hospital (not diabetic reasons) and stopped taking METFORMIN. It was like night and day, the meds were the cause. In the hospital I was given insulin and didn't have the same small problem.

Please Please, I know this could be an embarrassing subject but please help

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I don't think you are alone with these issues. Hopefully another man will see this and come along to offer advice/suggestions.

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I take 2000 mg of Metformin every day - no problems. I just googled "metformin erectile dysfunction" and got a lot of hits. Check that out and maybe you'll find something. Let us know.

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I'm not taking meds for diabetes, or anything else fortunately. Someday my efforts to manage lifestyle and stay healthy enough to forgo meds will be overcome by the progression of diabetes. My doc agrees in principle to taking lifestyle as far as possible and then going straight to insulin.

There are a couple of reasons why it has become the norm to use drugs like Metformin and put off insulin as "a last resort". People don't like needles. Doctors t-h-i-n-k people don't like needles.

If you have weight to lose - lose it. If your diet can be improved - improve it. Take care of your teeth, get plenty of sleep, practice stress management and so on. If you can get off meds your problem is solved. If you still need help then talk to your doctor about quitting Metformin and other oral meds and start on insulin.

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Thanks for your reply.

This is such a big issue in my life, Im exercising everyday and have lost 60lbs. I googled "metformin erectile dysfunction" and found **** like this

Metformin and Erectile Dysfunction
There are several possible side effects of metformin; erectile dysfunction, however, does not appear to be one of them. In fact, it is possible that metformin might actually help with erectile dysfunction by getting blood sugar levels under control.


What the ****

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My reaction to that is... so what? So the medical world (or this bunch) hasn't found a link. They miss a lot of things, and studies are usually geared to the 90% and ignore the 10%. Many drugs get side effects overlooked or discounted in the aim of "better sales" or even in a dubious way "the better good"... I don't know if that's the case here, but it's always a possibility.

You feel you have found a definitive link through observation, so pursue it, get off the particular form of Met you are on. Ask here and at your doctor about alternatives - from different forms of met, to different brands of liver suppressing drugs, to different approaches to treatment completely. Don't waste energy being angry at a web site or the world, use your energy to take control of your condition and treatment.
20 years T1. NPH and Novorapid.
Some essentials for my blood sugar control: dosing via i:c ratio and cf • basal testing when needed • daily 40 minutes moderate exercise (or close) • carbs somewhere below 120g currently • only eating carbs and carb/fat combos that do not cause a problem spike, with or without insulin.

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It is supposed to be true that Metaformin does not cause ED. The more likely cause is high blood sugar. It is probably pure coincidence in your case. It could be that the insulin helped lower BS which helps reduce ED. (I hate acronyms, but it's easier to type.)

I used to be hard all the time. Literally! For 20 years (15-35) I walked around with the little guy thinking it was ready all the time. Day and night. I never realized most men didn't have that. Then around 35, it stopped being all the time, and was only when it was more appropriate. By 40, it was not every morning anymore, but still functioning when needed. I started to think it had worn itself out from all those years at attention when it was not needed! Around 45 when I was diagnosed, it stopped being ready before she was. It still works every time, but it takes a little coaxing. Now, if I drink, it is not as effective. I have learned to plan for that. ;) That was before Metaformin. Now that I have my blood sugar closer to where it should be, I wake up some mornings with wood again, and it is ready when she is again. Not back to my pre-35 days, but it works like expected.

So, Metaformin is not the cause for me. It is the solution!

BTW: I got my Dr to prescribe Cialias and Lavitra. I didn't see where either one really did much of anything. And at $17 per pill, there are still some left. Maybe some day when it stops working all together, I'll take another one. But not until then. Too expensive for a maybe solution.
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I have been having Metformin for a few years now - and noticed a drop and a droop right around the time I switched to Metformin from Glucophage. I thought it was just the natural aging process (I was in my early 30s). But I used to be perpetually hard through the day and in retrospect that should have been a red flag I should have acted upon. My sugar is regulated quite well (HGBA1C around 6.1) via exercise, diet+ low dosage medication, and that should not impact the droop.

My wife recently met her primary physician who pointed out the pitfalls of generic medication. I am going to switch back to Glucophage = even if I have to purchase the medication myself.

This is a no brainer decision

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WOW.. I've been on Metformin for 4 years and it's still healthy, I'm 47 years old married and still go at it.

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What are the pitfalls of generic medication. My primary seems to think they are fine. I would like to know. I have an appointment with him in 2 weeks and would like to discuss that subject with him. Thanks
Bill

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My experience duplicates the original post. I have had erection problems since around the time I started taking metformin but didn't really put two and two together as I had began taking bp med around same time I figured it was that. A few months I had another medical problem and doctor took me off all oral meds and I took insulin shots during this time. Amazingly I began having very strong erections, more firm than in years. After about a month I was put back on metformin and the amyril generic and a small dose of bp med. The erection problem returned.

Another variable to throw in, when I let my blood sugar get a little high by not watching my eating (too much potatoes), I get better erections although not quality, when my blood sugar is between about 100 and 140 no erections. Riddle me this batman.

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I realize this thread was started back in 2009 and it's now 2013, but I want to make a contribution to it. I'm currently 56 years old, and I've been on metformin for +/- 7 years or so, and I have been having ED even though my want for sex is great. However, the ED seemed to happen somewhat slowly. I talked to my doctor, and he said that diabetes can cause ED. So, he gave me Viagra; didn't really work. So, he gave me Cialis; sort of worked. He tested my levels of Testosterone and found the levels were a little low. So, he gave me Androgel; it made me even more hornier, but it really didn't work. I was beginning to think that it was just my age. I was also trying other OTC remedies to see if I could help with my ED, but none really seemed to help much.

I'll finish the rest of my story in just a minute, because I have something else that I want to say that will tie into this.

Now, I do suffer from one side-effect of metformin, and that is that I will get unexpected diarrhea. The diarrhea can happen a couple of times a day, once a day, skip a day, or skip several days. I never know when it will cause it. For this reason, I will skip taking the drug when I will take a long trip, or any occasional situation that could cause embarrassment.

I recently had to take an extended trip, so I had planned to skip the doses while I was on the road, but once I reach my destination, I start back on it. Well, I accidentally forgot to bring my metformin with me altogether, and by the time that I got back home and could start taking it again, 4 days had past. By the 3rd or 4th day, I started having these massive erections, and the only thing that I could think of that changed was that I had been missing all of my doses of metformin. So, I started to question the medicine. This is when I did a Google search and found this forum.

I just started taking the metformin again last night, so I want to see if I have ED again. If I do, I will stop taking it again to see if the erections will come back.

I'm sure that someone may comment that I shouldn't stop taking my metformin, and I agree. but when I was placed on metformin, I weighed 320lbs. and my weight had been there for a while. A year and a half ago, I finally started slowly cutting my weight down, and I'm now at 255. I hope to lose around another 30lbs. before I stop. At that point, I'll be at a normal weight for my height and frame. I'm getting at the point to where my doctor is strongly considering taking me off of the metformin, so that's why I wasn't too concerned about missing the doses during that trip. If my erections do in fact come back, I will tell my doctor what happened, and perhaps he will take me off of it. However, I am also concerned that he might put me onto something else that will have other side effects.

Anyway, if other men are suddenly noticing ED around the time they started taking metformin, I would question how much truly is the diabetes and how much is the metformin. As I mentioned, I made the connection about the diarrhea, but I never made a possible connection about my ED with it. I will stay on my metformin for a week or two to see if the ED comes back, and if it does, I will stay off of it for two weeks to see how my erections are doing.

I will try to report my personal finding back here in a few weeks, but I will also check here to see if there have been any responses.

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Jbarr...I never had any problem with ED in the 7-8 months on Met 2000mg. Now I did find out the hard way about the unpredictable Diarrhea when the Pharmacy gave the ER instead of regular Met in initial RX. When I refilled they gave me regular met and the problems started. Absolutely no problems on ER Met....nothing but problems on Reg Met. Finally Got a new Rx for ER and the not one incident since then. Not sure which Met you are taking but this is my experience.
58 years old
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all time high 325 lbs.in 2005
DXed Type 2 2- 2012
A1c BG
8.8 268 2-2012 270 lbs.
7.3 170 3-2012 258
5.9 168 6-2012 240
5.7 149 9-2012 242
avg FBG 120 3-2013 243lbs
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Metformin 500x1 started 9 21-2012
500x2 started 10-19-2012
500x4 started 12-26-2012

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There is no link between ED and Metformin, but there is a very definite link between high BG and ED though (it's part of the usual vascular and neuropathy problems). Once your levels are under control for a while things should come right. It doesn't affect everyone but it's a known issue.




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