06-06-2006, 04:43 AM #1
No energy and feeling absolutely drained
I've just finished up my first week of glucophage. Today was my first day of 1500mg. I've upped it every couple of days working up to today's dose. I have been so tired this week though. It's like all my energy has been completely drained and all I want to do is sleep. Please tell me this is normal. Last time I tried to take glucophage I was in college and working retail and quit because of the side effects. Now I'm a teacher and am home for the summer and figured I would try it again. This time I've had none of those effects, just tired. Will this go away? Thanks!
06-06-2006, 01:50 PM #2
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when I first started met I was soooooooo tired, but i soon went back to my normal.
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06-06-2006, 03:31 PM #3
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I was on a low carb diet when I started Met, and I was feeling dreadful. Until I started eating the "forbidden stuff": a piece of pound cake for breakfast, honeydew melon, bread and potatoes ... and my energy levels came way up, plus I was less nauseous. After about 5 or 6 weeks, when I had reached my final dose (2500 mg) and my body got used to it, I could get back to low carbing.
Maybe you could try something similar?The world would be a better place if mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood
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06-06-2006, 11:50 PM #4
06-07-2006, 05:16 PM #5
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Make sure you're atking a vitamin B12 and calcium supplememt. Met can hinder how we absorb B12 (the energy vitamin) and when i started supplementing it was like a new me. I had been dragging for months.
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06-08-2006, 04:02 PM #6
The first time I was on met I experienced profound fatigue, it went away in a week or two. This time I'm not feeling that fatigue. I think it's normal, but in my experience it did pass.
06-08-2006, 08:15 PM #7
Like Christz I have found that taking a B-12 supplement has helped alot with energy. When I don't take it I get depressed, sleepy and drained. I wish that someone would make a Met/B-12 combo, but maybe that is just wishful thinking.ME(33), DF (44)
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06-08-2006, 08:23 PM #8Originally Posted by christyzJennifer
PCOS for 25 years
Low carb for 3 months
06-23-2006, 05:20 AM #9
I would appreciate any recommendations on B-12 dosage as well. Fatigue is the only side effect I am having from first week of Metformin use.
06-23-2006, 06:11 PM #10
I've read that sublingual B-12 is the best for this reason:
"Normal B12 absorption requires something called Intrinsic Factor, which is made in our stomachs. Some people have trouble making Intrinsic Factor and need to have B12 shots, although some people do well with sublingual B12, which is absorbed under the tongue."
I think 500mg is the usual dosage.
06-24-2006, 06:40 PM #11
I started taking a Super B-complex vitamin and definitely noticed a difference. But it still took me about 2 weeks for my energy to return.
07-04-2006, 01:18 AM #12
thank you all for the mention of the b12!! It is my new best friend!!!!!!!!!!DH and I are ttc since Aug 04
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07-05-2006, 11:55 AM #13
Wow, I am so greatful I found this thread. I feel so exhausted all the time. I've been so tired lately I feel like sitting down and crying most days. I've been wondering whats wrong with me. After reading all the posts here, I went into the medicine cabinet and found the b12 vitamins. Thanks for the advice!!!! JesseMoi, Jesse 30 Hidden Content
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