Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Drugs are bad...


I can't help, but hear the voice of Mr. Mackey from South Park in my head every time I open my medicine cabinet and get a handful of pills. And yesterday I added another to the regime. My doctor's nurse called me Monday afternoon because the doctor needed to see me this week to talk about my lab work from last week. So yesterday morning I went in to see him. He told me that my blood work shows that my glucose levels have been elevated for some time and also my cholesterol level is higher than normal. So based on that and my family history, he wants me to start meds now instead of playing the wait and see game. He put me on a low dose of Glucophage a.k.a Metformin which is an anti-diabetic medicine. Metformin may contribute to weight loss in some diabetics. However, weight loss does not appear to be one of its primary benefits. But we can hope. I couldn't help by smile a little bit because this is the drug I wanted if I had to take something. I've read so many success stories about people being infertile and getting pregnant on a Clomid/Metformin combo. So I'm really hoping that this is just what my body needs to get me knocked up. I'm not too excited about the possible side effects like headache, muscle pain, weakness, mild nausesa, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. And those are the mild side effects. But I'll do just about anything to have another baby. I'm just thrilled that this medicine is covered under Wal-mart cheap medicine plan so it cost me a whopping $4 for 30 days!!! So will this be the key that we've been looking for?

4 comments:

mithris0 said...

Just an FYI,... I'm on 750mg of metformin now and have experience NO side effects. In fact it has stopped my migraines pretty much all together.
Good luck, I don't mind the stuff, but.... I will tell you that once you get used to taking it, if you forget, you're likely to get a migraine that will NOT stop until you take it, so have one handy in your purse for emergencies.

Maddie's Mom said...

Thanks for filling me in about the medicine. It's always good to hear from someone that is actually taking it themselves.

Emily said...

I am taking 2000mg right now - and the fact that you are working on changing your diet and taking the metformin should reduce your side effects. I took it for several months w/o changing my diet and the S/E were pretty bad - but now that my diet has changed (IR Diet) they have all but disappeared.

I still haven't gotten pregnant yet, but I haven't taken Clomid either.

mesa said...

I've been on metformin since Oct 2005 . I wasn't IR but it seems to help in people that are more IR than I was. Good luck sweetie!! If you do have s/e they may not last long.. mine didn't.. just when I first started them!