Metformin

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Hello all - question for you:

I was diagnosed a month ago. Doc put me on Byetta, but it made me too sick to function, even at the lowest dose. Last week, she took me off Byetta and put me on Metformin (500mg per day). How long does it take Metformin to kick in? My numbers, which have never been wildly high, are not coming down below 130 in the morning, and hovering around 140 - 145 during the day (with the occasional spike to 180 or so).



Does it take a while for metformin to help moving those numbers down?



Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Posted about 7 years ago
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hey Am! Welcome and thank you for your interesting question!

In case you hadn't yet noticed, clinical-type questions can be directed to the Certified Diabetes Educators through the (where else??!!) "Ask Our CDE" section. But as I am one, and happen to be passing by…...:laugh:

Metformin is a great medication in many ways. Primarily it decreases the flow of sugar that is produced in the liver. Usually the starting dose is 500 mg once daily with meals. Most persons are able to work their way up to 1000 mg twice per day. This should only be done with your doctor's approval. Starting slow helps to decrease the possibility of stomach upset. If it happens, taking Metformin extended release formula (ER or XR) also can decrease the chance of gastric disturbance.
Give your doctor a call and express your concerns, it might be time to start increasing your dose, and heading toward better blood sugars!:kiss:

Laurie P., Moderator
Posted about 7 years ago
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Hey there!
Just keep working closely with your doctor/nurse/CDE. It does often take awhile to get your perfect dose figured out! Remember, even with the medicine, a lot of it will have to do with activity level and diet!! :) Sounds like you are jumping on it pretty quickly, which is fantastic! Much better to "nip it in the bud" rather than waiting until you are really out of control! Lots harder to "recover" then! Good job!!

Keep up the great work!

Karen
Posted about 7 years ago
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Thank you both. Numbers are starting to even out nicely though the morning numbers are still higher than I would like them to be. I have a follow-up w/my doctor in about three weeks, so I'm thinking I'll just keep with what I'm on until then and see what she says then.
Posted about 7 years ago
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My doctor started me on 500 and then after a month and no real change with my numbers I was moved up to 1000. I was only diagnosed two months ago. No real stomach upset, but I think I'm going to have to up my dosage again after my next round of blood work at the end of January. It's all a learning process.
Posted about 7 years ago