I recently started taking metformin, but it’s been giving me a lot of nausea. I am wondering, will the nausea ever go away? I am worried because sometimes I feel like it will never go away, especially when it lingers till the next morning. Help!

We are so sorry to hear that you are experiencing an upset stomach (nausea) with your new medication. Metformin aka Glucophage ® is an oral medication (aka a pill) that helps regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) there is in your blood stream. Many people take this medication to prevent and/or treat type II diabetes. Some people who have a hormonal condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may also take metformin. This is because PCOS can cause your insulin levels (glucose) to be high which in turn makes you more at risk of diabetes.

For most teens taking metformin, there are minimal side effects. However, for some, like you, unfortunately, it can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. When taking the medication, it’s important to take it with a larger meal such as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you are still experiencing nausea, talk with your health care provider (HCP). They may be able to help adjust the dose or recommend a different form of the medication.