Recently I asked my doctor if there was an alternative to the Glucophage I’ve been on for the last 6 months or so. The reson being that the side effects were terrible. Chronic fatigue, constant diarrhoea, nausea and there was also metformin-induced lactic acidosis scare. My gynaecologist was adamant that this was absolutely the only medication that would work and after doing a lot of reading I determined that it was possible that the side effects would go away as my body adjusted to the dosage. I also found a lot of forums with women suffering from PCOS who couldn’t use it at all because the side effects become too much to bear. The Glucophage in question is Merck Serono’s 500mg film coated tablets.
At my last visit to the gynaecologist she suggested that I keep the dose down to 2 of the 500mg tablets per day and increase as needed. Sadly after the lactic acidosis scare even the smallest dose of Glucophage would set off the side effects and 2 weeks ago I begged my GP for an alternative. Which turned out to be Merck Serono’s 1000mg Glucophage XR. The Glucophage XR has significantly less side effects and its more effective in a smaller dose. He gave me a 2 week prescription to test it out and it was amazing! After the first day I was able to begin exercising again. No more diarrhoea, fatigue nausea or hypoglycaemia. The only hurdle I have remaining is getting my diet back on track. Since right now I don’t have the energy to exercise and cook.
If you’ve been having similar side effects I strongly suggest that you see your doctor about alternative treatments.