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A 34-year-old member asked:

I just started metformin. what are effects to expect?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
GI upset?: The most common complaint i hear is usually some mild GI upset, like nausea. Having said that, it's still relatively uncommon. Many patients take it (at high doses) with no complaints, improved blood sugars and maybe a tiny bit of weight loss.
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Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 19 years experience
Many people that take this medication do not experience any side effects. The most common side effect is GI upset, like stomach pain, nausea, gas, or diarrhea. To reduce the chances of these side effects, you should take your doses with a meal.
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