Metformin Side Effects Returned After 18 Months


Q: I am currently on 1000mg of Metformin twice daily to treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the insulin resistance that goes with it. I’m NOT trying to get pregnant. I’m asexual and have a Mirena in. I have been on Metformin since November 2013. When I first started on it, I got a lot of the side effects, stomach cramping, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea. They eventually levelled out. Since then I have spent a lot of time improving my diet and exercise, I’ve lost some weight, and continuing to lose more. Recently the Metformin side effects have started to come back. Nowhere near as severe as the first time, but I’m still experiencing cramping, nausea and diarrhea that cannot be explained by any other means. I excluded lactose from my diet, thinking that might be the problem. Is it unreasonable to consider reducing the amount of Metformin I am on?

Symptoms:  Diarrhea, cramping, vomiting, nausea

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: Is medical mariguana good for ovarian cyst

Q: I went to my pcp to get a referral to an endocrinologist because of severe cystic acne on jaw line forehead and templ...

Q: Positive pregnancy test, history of ovarian cysts and miscarriages, have type 2 diabetes and on depo provera for 5 m...

Q: Hello I'm 19 and I have PCOS. I have been taking Yasmin for about 7 years now. The whole point of me taking this medi...

Q: I have not have my period for 4 months. on September I had a cyst on my left ovary. doctors give me some meds. I was ...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon