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I started taking Metformin nearly 3 months ago. I had some abdominal pain at first, and the occasional loose BM, but nearly no side effects now. My doctor stepped me up very gradually:

--2 weeks at 500mg once a day with dinner
--2 weeks at 1000mg (500mg with breakfast, 500mg with dinner)
--2 weeks at 1500mg (500 breakfast, 1000mg with dinner)

and now 2000mg a day, 1000mg with breakfast and 1000mg with dinner.

I'm taking the regular metformin/generic glucophage (not the brand name or the extended release).

I make sure to take each dose with a MEAL--not a snack. When I try to take it with a snack (example: piece of fruit) or with spicy food is when I get some of the side effects back.

the glucophage has helped reduce my appetite TREMENDOUSLY. I was worried about trying it this time (I had tried it a few years back, the dr put me on 1500mg a day right away, and I reacted horribly) but it's been great. I've lost 15lbs since I started taking the medication, which amazes me since I've actually had to decrease my exercise level by over 50% lately (too much work)--so it really has to be diet/medication. I can't wait to see what happens when I get time to work out regularly again.

I did start seeing weight loss on about my 6th or 7th day of taking the medication. However, I've heard that you need to be on at least 1000-1500mg a day to see results. I'm not sure why I saw results so early.....

Anyways, I hope this helps!

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