metformin and nausea

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   Posted 1/20/2010 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
hi all - My daughter has been put on metformin ER 750mg once a day for PCOS. She takes the med every evening with dinner. When she wakes up, she is nauseous. She wants to vomit, but can't. Once she is able to eat, the symptoms subside for a brief time period, then return again. Does anyone else have these issues?? High school is hard enough without adding this in!  thanks!

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   Posted 1/20/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mary.  Welcome to HealingWell.  I'm sorry about your daughter's reaction.  I don't take metformin but there are other members who do and I hope they come along with advice.  You might want to speak to her doctor and explain what's happening.  Maybe the dosage can be split?
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   Posted 1/20/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
When I took Met, I found I needed food in my stomach to avoid some of the nauseating side effects. Taking the Met in the morning would allow the whole day and the meals & snacks throughout it, to help mitigate the tummy symptoms (as opposed to overnight when there's no food coming in). I wasn't on the once a day extended release form of Met, just the regular kind but, I did find I needed to ease into my dose (i.e. start small and work up to the actual doe over time). It may mean having more than one dose a day but, maybe looking into the regular kind would pack less of a punch. Just some suggestions :-)
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   Posted 1/20/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you. I have spoken with her Doctor, and we are going to try adding in a snack before bed and see what this does. At least they aren't going to increase her does yet! She knows it is trial and error, but she is hoping for no tummy upset tomorrow morning.  If anyone has ideas of a snack that may hold her through the night, please share!
I'd love to switch to the morning for the meds, but she wouldn't have enough time for a full meal as she does in the evening.
Thank you!

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   Posted 1/20/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Peanut butter and a banana hold me all night. about a tablespoon on the peanut butter. Also, soda crackers at her bedside for the morning might help, too. They worked for morning sickness, might do the trick for this. Good luck.
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