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How to Take Metformin Weight Loss

By Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017

If you are diabetic or are at high risk of diabetes, you can use prescription metformin weight loss. Metformin is a popular prescription drug used in the treatment of diabetes that often results in weight loss as well. Consult with your doctor before using prescription metformin weight loss or diabetes.

Get a prescription for metformin from your doctor. If you're diabetic, this step is easy. Otherwise, determine if you're pre-diabetic and ask your doctor if could benefit from metformin for weight loss. Try to stay away from the extended release version, which takes much longer to deliver metformin's weight loss.

Take prescription metformin as directed by your doctor. If you eat low carbohydrate meals, metformin weight loss will be much more effective. For diabetics and some pre-diabetics, it does not take too much carbohydrates for metformin weight loss to completely fail.

Exercise (light to moderate) for 30 minutes. Metformin weight loss is more effective with exercise since there is less fat gaining sugar in your blood.


Metformin weight loss is most effective with a low carbohydrate diet. Even one single small bowl of rice can render metformin completely ineffective for weight loss. If you get stomach upset and diarrhea from starting metformin, make sure you're taking metformin weight loss with a meal. Check your prescription carefully for the correct drug name(s). Metformin is the generic drug name but it's also known by its brand name Glucophage.


Consult with your physician before taking any prescription drug.

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