I apologize in advance if this entry is too tmi LOL.
I took my first metformin last night. I took one 500mg pill with a full dinner – salmon, can of green beans, and a tiny bit of stuffing. I also took a tums for the calcium right before bed because I hear that taking metformin makes you deficient and it helps with stomach issues. I was a little nervous because I had been on metformin once before a while back and because I already have IBS which makes stomach issues even worse. I was ok on small doses, but it messed with my blood sugar and I didn’t really have IBS then.
Anyways, I took it and everything went ok. Then I started getting hot and cold flashes. I kept taking my sweatshirt jacket on and off. It was nutty. Then I started getting stomach cramps, but I tried to ignore it and went to sleep. About an hour later the cramps woke me up because they were worse and my stomach was making noises. I felt like I was going to throw up. I went into the bathroom, had more major cramping, and eventually just pooped it out. After that happened I felt better, not nauseous anymore. However, after a bit I started geting crampy again. I ended up taking an Immodium which quieted everything down so I could go to sleep. Was not fun.
Has anyone had issues like this? I know that metformin can cause stomach issues, but I feel like my IBS is making it worse. I don’t really want to go through another night like that, but I don’t want to loose the chance of it helping me get pregnant. I ended up calling my RE’s office – well left a message on my patient coordinator’s phone – to see if they have any suggestions. My mother seems to think that they will have me keep trying it to see if the side effects go down. If they do I think I’m going to take an Imodium while I take it.
Oh yea, and aunt flo is just about here.
Got a call back from one of the nurses. They are calling in a prescription for Metformin XR or extended release. I believe the extended release is supposed to be a little gentler on the stomach. She said it still may bother me though and to take immodium if it helps. I am all for taking the drugs that make my stomach feel better, but I don’t want to have to live on immodium. Hopefully I will adjust to it quicker.
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