Hunger on Metformin

By Lande1202 Latest Reply 2014-11-08 09:07:17 -0600
Started 2014-11-02 19:07:01 -0600

Today I find that my stomach doesn't seem full. Have been hungry all day even after eating. Is this always going to be the norm? Only been on medication since Wednesday night.

13 replies

sweetslover 2014-11-05 20:49:33 -0600 Report

I have been on Metformin for 3 1/2 weeks. Some days I feel really hungry. Celery with a natural peanut butter helps me. It is crunchy as well as good tasting. I have also found that exercising when I am hungry really helps take my mind off eating and it also gives me that natural high that you experience from exercise.

Sleblue 2014-11-05 15:06:22 -0600 Report

Yes I have had the same problem. I have tried peanut butter or nuts and that seems to ease it off.

andy1979 2014-11-04 18:33:16 -0600 Report

hiya having been on a gram of this lovely medication , irony at its worse i know 3 months nearly. i know that if i overdo it with certain foods i suffer, however i wake up at times in morning with horrendous munchies which go with a good bowl of cereal and bit of fruit, the experts say diet has much to do with how drug works, id say its 50/50 , iknow my first 2 weeks on drug i felt like crap to say least with the nausia, stomach cramps and diareah. mad thing is i went to work with these symtoms and tried to function normally. my advice 3 months down line is take it easy and do things at your own pace. i have days were my appetite is lacking but i make self eat. your appetite may change or you may not like certain food smells(that could be me).

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-03 12:23:17 -0600 Report

It could be your food choices. I had that problem when I was first diagnosed and on metformin. I realized I was not eating enough food so I increased meat and veggies and decreased carbs.

Lande1202 2014-11-06 02:52:25 -0600 Report

What was the best food that you found kept you full & satisfied the hunger.?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-06 12:17:19 -0600 Report

I can't answer that because when I realized I was not eating enough to keep me from feeling hungry, I just ate more of something with no carbs.

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 07:45:40 -0600 Report

Sometimes our mind mistakes hunger for thirst. What you might want to try is drinking a little more to see if that helps satisfy the communication of your stomach to your brain.

Also, if there are carbs in that meal that are particularly crave worthy, your mind may be telling you that it wants more. I have certain carbs that are triggers for me more than others.

jayabee52 2014-11-02 23:20:09 -0600 Report

Howdy Lande
There are often side effects when first taking Met, most ly along the lines of Gastrointestinal difficulties.

A clarifying question: How long since you have been diagnosed? Often newly Dx'd PWDs are hungry since they were told to reduce their calorie or carbohydrate intake.

The current state of affars need not be the norm. If you give the Met a couple weeks and you still have difficulties with it talk with your Dr about it and see if there is anything else you could take instead. Also, you may wish to ask for a referral to a Registered dietician (RD) and get information what would be good for you to eat and what foods will stay with you for a longer time (foods like Protein).

Praying God's best for you


Lande1202 2014-11-03 01:41:34 -0600 Report

Hi James,

I was recently placed on the metformin this past week. It's only been four full days of taking 2 a day with meals.
Tonight I spread out eating a taco salad for over an hour, now 2hrs later my stomach is hungry again. Hum don't understand.

jayabee52 2014-11-04 04:30:10 -0600 Report

Howdy Lisa
Maybe it is what you are eating which is your trouble (as Steve and Joyce suggested) rather than your medication.

Salads are notoriously famous for not staying in the stomach long. It all depends on how much meat and cheese is in that taco salad. Protein like meat and cheese, along with the fat (also in meat and cheese) will stay in your stomach longer. If your taco salad was light on meat and cheese (often those newly Dx'd with diabetes will do this thinking it is "healthy") that salad will move from the tummy to the intestinal tract, since there is really nothing in the lettuce to digest for long.

So up your intake of meat and cheese and you may find your hunger going away for a longer time. Try that and please let us know how it turns out.