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What is the average weight loss when taking metformin?

What is the average weight loss when taking metformin?

1-4 kgs.: Usually during the first few months. You will regain it though, unless you follow diet and exercise. Read more

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Does taking of metformin cause weight loss?

Does taking of metformin cause weight loss?

Yes: Metformin can cause weight loss. It can vary from none to 10%, but the average is about 3%. It also causes blood sugar levels to drop from high to normal (but not hypoglycemia). And it decreases cholesterol a little. Read more

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Can metformin cause weight loss?

Can metformin cause weight loss?

Yes: For some medical weight loss programs metformin is used for weight loss has to be done under physician supervision. Read more

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Does metformin help with weight loss?

Does metformin help with weight loss?

Yes but...: While weight loss may occur while taking metformin, weight loss is not usually the reason the medicine is prescribed. The drug does have to be taken under the supervision of a prescribing doctor. Read more

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Safe to take metformin for weight loss?

Safe to take metformin for weight loss?

Not usually..: While weight loss may occur while taking metformin, weight loss is not usually the reason the medicine is prescribed. The drug does have to be taken under the supervision of a prescribing doctor. Read more

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What is it like to take metformin for weight loss and what was the outcome?

What is it like to take metformin for weight loss and what was the outcome?

Trivial: Hi. Metformin doesn't do squat for weight loss; it's weight neutral. There are FDA-approved drugs for weight loss, Qsymia & Belviq, (lorcaserin) which are far more effective than metformin (and far more expensive, unfortunately). There are type 2 diabetes drugs that help with weight loss too, although they're not approved solely for that purpose (GLP-1 agonists & SGLT-2 inhibitors). Good luck! Read more

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Can glucophage (metformin) be used for weight loss? If it could be used what is the dose?

Can glucophage (metformin) be used for weight loss? If it could be used what is the dose?

Let me explain: Glucophage (metformin) used for diabetes type ii, but also is been used for weight lose recently, because this drug lower the blood sugar it is wise to use the lower dose which is 500mg then see what happen, your doctor could monitor that and may increase it if he feel is not harmful for you. Read more

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I'm taking phendermine and metformin for weight loss and I have horrible nausea all the time which one should I stop taking?

I'm taking phendermine and metformin for weight loss and I have horrible nausea all the time which one should I stop taking?

Diet Pills: Both. Phentermine is very dangerous to your heart and will not in any way lead you to any real or lasting weight loss. If you do not have diabetes, then please stop taking Metformin. It may only help with a pound or two of weight loss and not provide any long term benefit. I would also advise you to consider finding a medical provider that will be honest, compassionate and ethical with you. Read more

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Can I take Metformin for weight loss if I'm not diabetic?

Can I take Metformin for weight loss if I'm not diabetic?

Not usually..: While weight loss may occur while taking metformin, weight loss is not usually the reason the medicine is prescribed. The drug does have to be taken under the supervision of a prescribing doctor. Read more

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Why we can't use metformin for weight loss in non-diabetic person?

Why we can't use metformin for weight loss in non-diabetic person?

Powerful drug: Metformin is a powerful drug to control blood sugar in the treatment of diabetes.It is not a weight loss medication and the simple regulation of sugar utilization in the blood and body is not a healthy weight loss technique. Limiting dietary intake of sugars and carbohydrates along with exercise is a much better approach. It affects liver production of glucose, intestinal absorption, and Insulin sens. Read more

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Is it true that metformin can help with weight loss if u diet and exercise?

Is it true that metformin can help with weight loss if u diet and exercise?

Yes: For many people who technically don't have diabetes, it is possible that metabolic syndrome, pcos or pre-diabetes are still interfering with the body’s ability to process sugar in the blood. Thisdrug can help them by breaking the vicious cycle of blood sugar spikes, excess insulin, and the resulting blood sugar low that sets off an almost uncontrollable drive to eat to try and restore blood sugar. Read more

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How long does it take for metformin to work to help with weight loss and reversing prediabetes?

How long does it take for metformin to work to help with weight loss and reversing prediabetes?

Metformin works: Metformin works right away to do what it is meant to do, improve the utilization of sugar by your body. It can help with weight loss and reversing prediabetes but not without your help as well. Eat healthy (lots of vegetables especially!) and exercise lots. Read more

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What are your opinions on the use of metformin for weight loss purposes in people who take atypical antipsychotics?

Metformin weightloss: Metformin is prescribed for various purposes and the dose varies depending on the need. It's been added to the treatment to address weight issues 2ndry to antipsychotic use diet changes and excercise is still important but discuss with your doctor to see what will be best combination. Read more

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I am writing a research about " metformin for weight loss " my question is " how much is metformin effective on weight loss for non-diabetic person?

I am writing a research about " metformin for weight loss " my question is " how much is metformin effective on weight loss for non-diabetic person?

None: Clinical research trials on the effects of metformin & changes in body fat/weight have al shown no effect, not even an very small trend. On the other hand, all 3 glp1 inhibitors currently on the market are also far more effective for treating diabetes mellitus, do have a track record of modest weight loss without low blood glucose problems. Avoiding all carbohydrates also helps. See nusi. Org. Read more

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Are there any all natural pills I can take with my metformin for my diabetes that will promote and help with weight loss?

Are there any all natural pills I can take with my metformin for my diabetes that will promote and help with weight loss?

Yes with care: Some natural supplements may be helpful by stimulating your metabolism and reducing your appetite such as green tea and green coffee extracts. Others can help support Insulin (chromium, cinnamon) but since you are on metformin you will want to make sure this is monitored. Magnesium is also important and is often low in diabetics. Avoid sugar spikes from fruits, starchy carbs, sweet drinks. Read more

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Does metformin (500mg x2)keep you from losing weight been on a strict diet no weight loss in a week, also work out everyday. Drink lots of water.

Does metformin (500mg x2)keep you from losing weight been on a strict diet no weight loss in a week, also work out everyday. Drink lots of water.

Metformin: 47F USA asks does metformin keep you form using weight. Been on "strain diet"no wt loss. I recommend you get an app like Fitness Pal and track your calories in and calories out. I predict you will find that your are eating more than you are burning. What ever it is I would reduce calories 500 a day and see what happens till you get down to 1000 cal a day. Wt should go down. Read more

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How long does it take for metformin for insulin resistance to work in achieving weight loss?

How long does it take for metformin for insulin resistance to work in achieving weight loss?

No or maybe: There is no consistent evidence that metformin helps with weight loss. Studies simply do not back up this statement. Individuals do seem to lose weight while on metformin, but it is not at all clear it's the drug. Read more

Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. David Sneid
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Metformin (Definition)

That reduces liver production of glucose- other benefits: can't cause low blood sugar when used alone, likely cariovascular benefit, may reduce complications of diabetes, may reduce cancer risk ...Read more