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How common are metformin digestive issues?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Helss, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Helss

    Helss Prediabetes · Active Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm seeing my GP on Friday to (hopefully) get a firm answer as to whether I am Type 2 or pre-diabetic. So far my tests have been borderline, so I've had extra tests to get a considered diagnosis. She indicated that if I am Type 2 then I will be given metformin. The thing is I have a very dodgy digestive system (IBS for my whole life) that is pretty well settled at the moment. So, if I am going to argue with my GP that as I will have a borderline diagnosis I'd like to try diet / exercise and NOT take medication, it would be useful to be armed with what the situation is for metformin. Having read around here for the last few weeks I appreciate many people have gastric issues as a side effect, but of the people taking it, how many in general get this side effect at all?

    Many thanks
  2. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. If you do decide to have Metformin, insist that it's the SR (Slow Release) version which is much kinder.
  3. wannabemammy

    wannabemammy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Never knew a slow release version existed!
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