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Old 12-30-2012, 14:59   #1
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Please help me. I have been having extreme night sweats. I have done a search to see if metformin causes night sweats and I have found a few posts indicating people are experiencing this side effect. I called the doctor and he said night sweats are not a side effect of metformin.

A few nights ago I forgot to take the metformin at dinner, which is normally around 6 pm as I was out and didn't get home until about 11. I took it at that time and went to bed. No night sweats that night. Hmmm. Ok, so the next night I took it around the same time, no night sweats again.... So I am assuming the metformin is what's causing this issue, however, I am noticing my fasting bgs is higher in the morning than what it should be. Any advice? Anyone experience this? Oh, I am taking the metformin extended (1500 total).

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Night sweats can indicate a low during the night. Not taking metformin might have an effect on that. It is unlikely to be the drug, rather the disease... try having a high fat/protein snack before bed and see if that helps.

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I have checked blood sugar when I was having night sweats, and I am not low. I didn't have any night sweats while I was on insulin. I am so confused. But I do know, I can't sleep due to this.

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Are you perimeno? It could be that ...

I would NOT give up metformin for it, but:

if you had PCOS and now your estrogen is dwindling, that is the most likely cause. Metformin affects the binding of steroids to a carrier protein, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, SHBG. This is not a bad thing, but yes, it tells me that Met could indirectly cause night sweating ...

I have opted to gut out menopause without hormone supplementation, 3.5 yrs, so far, so good!

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There are a lot of things that could cause night sweats. I have them too, but not sure if it's menopause coming on or what. I did find that eating before bed helped once, but I haven't tested that since then. It's been the holiday season though so I've been eating more in general and that might have prevented a low that caused a sweat.

One thing I did that helped a lot was to get a mattress pad for the bed that wicked away sweat. I may still sweat, but at least I don't wake up in a puddle.

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First, it could be perimenopause. I've had night sweats on and off for the last 10 years. I'm currently 50 y/o, and I've been experiencing perimeno since I was 41 y/o. I don't believe it is the metformin that causes the night sweats either. I typically start out warm when I go to bed, so I leave all covers off until I begin to feel cold. But, the covers go on and off pretty much all night. Sometimes I go through bouts where it's every night and other times I go weeks without it occurring. But, I also experience hot flashes here and there so, I know it is hormonal.

I take my metformin closer to bedtime because it helps with my fasting blood sugars, but I've taken it in the past at other times as well. I don't believe it causes those problems for me at least.

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I started getting the same night sweats with metformin. I got tested for allergic reactions and I had a high IGF! My reasoning was that my body was reacting to metformin creating an autoimmune condition. After I stopped metformin, my night sweats went away. Unfortunately, my blood sugar started rising so now I am on a strict low carb (paleo) diet. I do take r-Lipoic acid tablets and coconut vinegar which do help somewhat. In order to avoid his condition make sure to take metformin just before meals never on an empty stomach.

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