Sounds to me like you need to have your doc explain things to you; they would be the one to tell you WHY you are put on Metformin (glucophage) as it specifically relates to your personal situation.
Met has been often prescribed for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) for over 25 years but, in the US, the FDA has it's use classified for blood sugar control in Type 2 diabetics. Those with PCOS often have insulin resistance (IR) meaning that the body has to produce much more insulin to keep blood sugars in range and the insulin that is made has a hard time getting into the cells.
Met works in a few ways:
- in the intestines, it decreases the absorption of carbs
- in the liver, it suppresses the amount of glucose made by it
- in the muscle cells, it increases their sensitivity to insulin
Here's a link to some more detailed info:
Met is known for its gastrointestinal side effects which is why it's usually started in small doses. Haven't heard that severe headaches were a side effect, though. Another reason to bring it up with your doc. There's also a new Metformin out called MetforminXR (extended release). Some on here have found it lessened their side effects a lot. Also check to see if you are taking a generic brand of met. Sometimes it's the "filler" or extra ingredients that cause folks problems and not the drug itself. Sometimes it just is the particular formula. Another reason to bring it up with your doc.
Chris is right about
the diet suggestions, too. To lessen the effects of Met, limit fatty, starchy, and sugary foods. As Jeannie's doc is fond of saying, "don't overdue or you'll go pooh". There's a LOT of info on diet in past threads but, simply put... a few simple changes to eating healthier and getting some exercise can really go a long way.
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus
Post Edited (Phishbowl) : 8/15/2009 9:29:55 AM (GMT-6)