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can glucophage xr be taken twice daily?
I can't take normal dose glucophage as it causes me awful stomach ache, glucophage xr is more gentle on my stomach and I need 1500mg daily but where I live only 750mg is available.
Creme
11/28/10
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Does anyone know what tests to ask for to test for diabetes while on glucophage?
I've been on Glucophage XR 1500mg daily for treatment of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). Last month I was diagnosed with gastroparesis (lazy stomach) which occurs a lot in diabetics. My grandmother died due to complications from diabetes. Are there any tests I should ask for to make sure I don't have diabetes? Would I need to stop the Glucophage to get tested? Any suggestions?
mjlsoto07
07/11/07
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  PCOS is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, so it is likely that your Doctor is already monitoring some of these levels. In addition to what RhapsodyinBlue suggested, I would make sure they check your insulin levels and do a glucose tolerance test. The fact that you are already on glucophage bodes well for you if you do have diabetes since glucophage can be used to treat type 2 diabetes as well as PCOS (it originally was developed as a type 2 diabetes medication). Good luck!
jp
07/11/07
Glucophage?
I am not sure if anyone can answer me on this question, but can I take glucophage two times a day (it's a 500 mg dosage)? Just to let everyone know, I am taking this for my polysistic ovarian syndrome, and I'm not diabetic.
truthsayer777
11/18/06
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  Glucophage is an oral antidiabetic agent that decreases glucose production by the liver and lowers plasma glucose levels and is often used for PCOS patients.

The usual starting dose is one 500-milligram tablet twice a day, taken with morning and evening meals. Your doctor may increase your daily dose by 500 milligrams at weekly intervals, based on your response up to a total of 2,000 milligrams

But, you need to contact your doctor before changing your doasge and.....you should be having routine blood workups and kidney functions tests.

Here's a good site for you to read...
http://www.ivf.com/pcostreat.html
bec
11/18/06
Is it likely that Glucophage XR and/or Glimeperide causes Tinnitus?
I've recently been taking Metformin but switched to Glucophage at my doctor's instructions and also boosted my daily prescription of Glimepiride from 1/2 mg to 2 mg. Concurrent with these actions I began having a 24/7 ringing in my ears!
lloydtj
11/28/08
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  Regardless of whether or not it is listed as a side effect, the occurance of both the medication change and ringing in the ears could be more than a coincidence and an important symptom of something that needs treated. Tinnitus has a lot of different causes. You should let your doctor know about it.
Bolt
11/28/08
Any differences between Glumetza and Glucophage XR?
I am suppose to take Metformin 500mg three times a day for PCOS, but due to several unpleasant side effects, my dr has switched me to Glumetza. Is there any difference between the Glumetza and Glucophage XR?
Heather
02/06/10
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  GLUMETZA®
(metformin hydrochloride) Extended Release Tablet, Film Coated

One and the same..

Tin
Tin S
02/06/10
Glucophage- How did you feel when you started taking it?
I will be starting Glucophage soon and am wondering how you felt taking your first few doses.

Was there any noticeable difference?

I'm wondering what all to expect, well..besides the cramps and diarrhea.

Thanks.
DrkAngl
06/30/06
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  I took it to treat my PCOS. The first couple of weeks were a little rough. If your doctor is smart, he or she will start you on a low dose, and increase it after a couple of weeks. That way you can build up tolerance and see how you react. After about two weeks I was fine. Make sure you eat, drink plenty of water, and eat fiber. It will help with the adjustment.
m e
06/30/06
How long does it take for glucophage XR to show results?
I was just recently prescribed Glucophage XR to help with my blood sugars, and I am wondering how long will it be before I show results? (Some drugs start working the first time you take them and some take weeks.) Thank you for any info!
Suzanne B
08/14/09
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  It can take up to 6-8 weeks for your numbers to stabilize, you should start seeing reductions after the first week with improvements every week.
German Shepard
08/14/09
How long did it take before you started losing weight on glucophage?
I got diagnosed with PCOS and im just starting glucophage (metformin) and i was wondering how long it would take before I would start losing weight.
mlia
09/25/09
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  I don't know who told you glucophage will help you lose weight.. it won't. I know there is a theory out there that it might help, but the primary idea is for non diabetics to take it and lose some weight via appetite suppression. There are no facts showing it helps diabetics at all. In fact, if you read the side effects can include "rapid weight gain".

"Studies have shown mixed results on a possible link between weight loss and metformin. In most of the clinical studies, people taking metformin did report losing weight. However, the people in the studies who were not taking metformin also lost weight, and there was not a statistical difference between the two groups." http://diabetes.emedtv.com/metformin/metformin-and-weight-loss.html
SethSpeaks
09/25/09
my dr prescribed glucophage for me . I was recently diagnosed with PC-OS and she wants me to start taking ?
my dr prescribed glucophage for me . I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and she wants me to start taking it to treat my symptoms . I'm kind of stand offish towards the idea because its mainly used to treat diabetes type 2 which i dont have . can someone tell me if they find if this is the most effective drug to take for this disorder ?
flbeauty32
11/17/08
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  Glucophage/metformin is used not only to treat T2 diabetes, but also to aid some people who have PCOS in weight loss and regulate metabolic syndrome (triglycerides and cholesterol levels that are wacky) that goes along with PCOS.
chicka.nuts
11/17/08
glucophage??
which type of diabetic you have when you are prescribe this medication.....is the worse or what??
wongolee
01/19/07
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  type -2 i take it with my insulin too ask doctor he knows what stage you are at just be careful of your sugar levels
oldmanarnie
01/20/07
Why do I have to stop taking my 2000 mg of glucophage xr when I have a CT scan with contrast?
purple875
03/07/06
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  There is a very slight risk that Glucophage (also called Metformin) can react with the contrast dye used in CT scanning to cause lactic acidosis in the patient. This risk is so small that I believe it has only happened once or twice in real patients, but has been shown to be possible in lab tests.
quarktard
03/10/06
How long does it take for Glucophage to treat a person with Polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Have you got any positive results to become pregnant.
Desperate_housewife
05/17/07
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  I HAVE PCOS AND ABOUT A MONTH AFTER I STARTED TAKING GLUCOPHAGE, IT REALLY HELPED GET MY CYCLES BACK IN ORDER. BUT I GOT REALLY SICK FROM THE MEDICINE AND I QUIT TAKING IT SO THEY WERE OUT OF WACK AGAIN. MY DR SAYS THAT THE GLUCOPHAGE SHOULD BE WORKING WITHIN THREE MONTHS, BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL GET PREGNANT. MOST WOMEN WITH PCOS END UP USING CLOMID TO HELP THEM OVULATE. I JUST STARTED MY FIRST ROUND OF CLOMID THIS MONTH. YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY VISIT WWW.SOULCYSTERS.COM THERE IS SO MUCH INFO ON THE MESSAGE BOARDS THERE AND YOU CAN MEET SOME REALLY GOOD FRIENDS THAT ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING YOU ARE.
KJV0602
05/17/07
Is anyone on metformin for there Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
I was just diagnosed with PCOS and am finally relieved that I was diagnosed. I originally thought that it was my thyroid because I was gaining weight, and for the life of me I couldn't lose a pound or two if I was paid a million dollars and didn't know for the life of me why I couldn't lose weight. I didn't get my period for months but didn't think to much of it because I was on birth control for 10 years. Well when my Dr. told me the symptoms of PCOS, I felt like she was describing me to a T. Anyways I think they are going to put me on metformin which is the generic form of Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Fortamet, Riomet. I just wanted to know what side effects you expierence while your on it. and if you previously had a problem with your weight if when you went on the metformin if you were able to lose weight? I've dieted and exersised and I can't lose a pound and I'm so frustrated! Also, did any of you who were on the metformin if you were pregnant did you stay on it during your pregnancy and if you did, did you expierence any problems with your pregnancy because of the medication?
Thanks!
Leslie C
02/28/09
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  Noticeable adverse effects of metformin are:

nausea/vomiting
diarrhea
flatulence

Other advice:
Don't drink alcohol
Take the tab with food. If you're on the ER tab, take it with your evening meal.
Drink plenty of water.
hannah_kf
03/01/09
I've heard some diabetic medication inhibits weight loss, is this true?
I take:
20mg Glyburide/Micronase
2000mg Metformin/Glucophage
15mg Actos
tequilasquick
01/30/07
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  Quite right. Metformin has been known to help overweight diabetics lose weight. It alters your taste buds and some ppl find a metallic taste in their mouth after taking it. This helps to curb food cravings. And unlike other anti-diabetic drugs like sulphonylureas, Metformin does not cause the body to produce more insulin. Insulin is an anabolic hormone...it makes the body build mass, inhibit protein and fat breakdown and causes the body to store excess sugar in the form of glycogen. Thats why its so easy to gain weight when on certain anti-diabetic drugs. On the contrary, Metformin causes the body to be more sensitive to insulin....so the body does not need to produce as such insulin. Hope that helps!
newfangled_04
01/30/07
PCOS and Glucophage XR 1000mg?
If you've taken this medication for PCOS, have you ever noticed the pills in your stool? I did, and I'm worried I'm not getting the medicine. Does anyone know?
Kellie
04/10/08
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  Hi. I was on Glucophage as well, same dosage for PCOS.

I never noticed the pills in my stool, because when I was on that medication all my stool was very watery.

Even after I was used to the drug, every so often I would get that and bad cramps, so I had to go off of the drug.

It was a terrible experience, but not as bad as Lupron though.

I suggest that you go to your doctor and tell them what is happening.

They may ask for a stool sample.

I hope that this works out for you and that your treatment works.

Jessica
jessica_rihm
04/11/08
Can Glucophage and Glipizide be disolved in liquid for patient to take?
My father has diabetes and cancer and cannot take the tablets by mouth and swallow them. The medication begins disolving in his mouth.
Mary W
01/29/08
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  As long as they aren't ER or XL versions you should be okay. But you should contact your fathers doctor. He may instead want to put him on insulin for easier control.
TelsaCoil
01/30/08
How does Clonidine effect a diabetic taking Glucophage?
I am a nurse and studying a diabetic manual to renew my RN license, and possibly will do further study for the diabetic educator exam. Many questions are difficult and not easily found!
Please respond soon if you know the answer! Thanks
dancerpeggy
04/30/09
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  GENERIC NAME: clonidine
BRAND NAME: Catapres
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Clonidine is an oral and topical antihypertensive drug. It also has been used in several other conditions including narcotic and nicotine withdrawal, certain types of vascular headaches,<<< and diarrhea associated with diabetes. >>>>Clonidine acts by stimulating adrenergic receptors on nerves in the brain. This stimulation actually reduces messages that originate in the central nervous system (brain) and are transmitted to the body by the sympathetic nervous system. As a result, clonidine slows the heart rate and reduces blood pressure. Clonidine was approved by the FDA in 1974.

And now you know>
Tin S
04/30/09
I've been taking Metformin(glucophage) for 6 years and I have recently been switched to the XR version...?
I take it for PCOS. My prescription for the regular Metformin was 500mg 3 times a day-but this new doctor who changed it prescribed me the XR version at 500mg once a day. I don't think it's right...Shouldn't it be 1500mg once a day? Does anybody know? Thanks!
my "condition" is not improving, without this drug, I do not have a menstrual cycle and gain weight even with diet and exercise.
sophiensamsmom
01/30/08
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  I would say its good to try and you should have a follow up scheduled pretty soon I'd imagine. The XR version may help control your symptoms but you might have to go up to 1000mg. What is you a1c? If your follow up isn't within a couple weeks I'd call your old doctor and see what they think. Its actually hard to tell without seeing the lab values.
TelsaCoil
01/30/08
When I ejaculate it is empty could it be my medication?
Hi please advise when I ejaculate it is empty no sperm nothing. I am 38 years old male and are on the following medication. Epilim CR 1000mg * 2 a day, Lamictin 200mg * 2 a day , Lansoloc 30mg 1 day , Premux Plus 1.25mg 1day ,glucophage xr 500mg 1 a day and as well slow-mag is it the medication ? is it dangerous
Rudie Stay in Africa
08/17/09
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Should I wear a medical bracelet?
Should a 15 year old girl with PCOS and insulin resist who take Glucophage XR and Oratane daily wear a medical bracelet?
Goldielocks11
09/22/09
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