My Experience with Metformin and Long Covid: A Cautionary Tale

Exploring my personal journey with long Covid and the unexpected impact of metformin. A tale of hope, resilience, and individualized treatment.


7/21/20232 min read

a man laying in bed with a knife and knife in hand
a man laying in bed with a knife and knife in hand

In the throes of my battle with long Covid, I found myself constantly on the lookout for potential solutions. I was desperate for relief, willing to try anything that might alleviate the debilitating symptoms that had taken over my life. It was during this time that I came across a study suggesting that metformin, a common diabetes drug, could potentially decrease the risk of developing long Covid.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, reported that metformin could prevent the development of long Covid. The results were promising, with those who received metformin being more than 40% less likely to develop long Covid than those who received a placebo. For participants who started metformin less than four days after their Covid symptoms started, the risk of long Covid decreased by 63%.

Armed with this information, I decided to give metformin a try. I was hopeful, optimistic that this could be the solution I had been searching for. However, my experience was far from what I had anticipated.

Instead of the relief I had hoped for, my symptoms worsened. The fatigue became more intense, the lung congestion more severe. It was a disheartening experience, a stark reminder that what works for some may not work for all.

This experience taught me a valuable lesson about the complexity of long Covid and the importance of personalized treatment. While metformin showed promise in the study, it did not provide the relief I needed. It's a reminder that each person's body responds differently to treatments and what works for one person may not work for another.

Despite this setback, I remained determined to find a solution. I continued my search, experimenting with different treatments and supplements. It was a long and arduous journey, but it eventually led me to discover a supplement that significantly improved my symptoms.

My experience with metformin serves as a cautionary tale about the complexities of treating long Covid. It underscores the importance of individualized treatment and the need for continued research into this debilitating condition. While metformin may be beneficial for some, it's crucial to remember that each person's journey with long Covid is unique, and what works for one may not work for all.

As I continue my recovery journey, I remain hopeful and committed to sharing my experiences. My hope is that by sharing my story, I can provide some comfort and guidance to others navigating the challenging terrain of long Covid. Remember, recovery is possible, and sometimes, it comes from the most unexpected places.