Hi, I'm thinking of asking the doctor to change me to SR Metformin because after almost a year on it I am still suffering the side effects - to the extent of I end up taking immodium maybe once a week, and the rest of the week I'm quite paranoid about what I eat (I feel like I've got IBS, which started at the same time as the Metformin
, and having read the IBS website I do have a lot of the symptoms).
I've persevered for so long as the fact I can't eat a lot of the unhealthy foods due to this has made it easier for me to give up pizzas, fizzy drinks, spicy foods, regular bread etc and helped me lose a little weight. However, it does impact on life somewhat, I don't like going for long visits to friends houses in case I am ill, if I am going on a day out somewhere I don't want to eat/drink much, and when we moved offices I had to cut my water consumption right down to try and balance out the effect of the metformin (the bathroom was 5mins away, upstairs).
I've got a couple of questions about the SR Metformin which I'm hoping someone who takes them can answer (as opposed to the doctor's answer, which isn't based on personal experience).
1) Are the pills any bigger than the Metformin ones? I already have trouble swallowing those sometimes, so if they are bigger I might have to forget that idea.
2) Do they still have the welcome side effect of reducing your appetite?
3) Does it take long to get used to them (especially if you are switching from Metformin/other medication already taken)?