Metformin is a commonly prescribed medication that helps regulate blood sugar levels.
However, many patients experience unpleasant side effects when starting the drug.
This blog post will give you tips on how to tolerate the side effects like nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting so that you can feel better while keeping your blood sugars in range.
How does metformin work?
Metformin works by reducing the amount of glucose your liver produces and decreasing insulin resistance.
What is Metformin used for?
Metformin is prescribed to help regulate blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, prediabetes, or PCOS.
It can also be used in conjunction with insulin and other medications if you have type 2 diabetes mellitus.
What are the side effects of metformin:
The medication has several known side effects that may be uncomfortable for patients:
- Abdominal pain and vomiting
- Frequent urination
- Loss of appetite
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Weight Loss
Tips for tolerating the side effects of Metformin
There are some practical things you can do to help with Metformin’s side effects.
- Take it with food. Taking the medication on an empty stomach can make your symptoms worse.
- Ask for the extended-release version. Extended release releases the medication into your system slowly, so the side effects don’t feel as severe.
- Don’t skip doses of your medication. It’s almost like re-starting the clock, and you’ll have to get used to taking the medications again. This means your symptoms can come back.
- Natural remedies like ginger, peppermint or chamomile may help with nausea.
- Your body will eventually get used to metformin and you should start feeling better in about two weeks.
- If you still notice nausea, it’s best to talk with your doctor about symptoms, especially if they are debilitating.
Metformin is a common medication to start. If you notice your symptoms getting worse talk to your doctor about next steps.