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as lowering the sugar i take metformin 500mg

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 36 years experience
I : I wish i could help, but your question is not complete. Metformin is an oral agent used to control blood sugar in patients whose sugar balance is disturbed but who do not need insulin.
Dr. Daniel Weiss
Endocrinology 46 years experience
Yes : Yes metformin will lower your sugar. The maximum dose used is 2000 milligrams. It is best taken with food to reduce the chance of diarrhea. The slow release preparation (called xr) tends to cause less diarrhea, in general. We usually increase the amount over time to 2 pills twice a day if needed to control the blood sugar. Discuss this with your doctor and provide him your blood glucose record at your visit.

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What does it mean if the doctor tells me I have sugar in my urine while pregnant?

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If I am only hyperglycemic should I move onto insulin or continue taking metformin?

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Are there difinite withdrawal symptoms when glucophage (metformin) is being weaned from the system?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
NOT REALLY: It does happen sometime when you diagnose a new patient with type 2 diabetes and start them on metformin as a first line drug as it is effective and cheap, but also advice diet and exercise and often it works and than you want to wean patients of metformin other times is when liver functions like creatinine level is high and you have to take of metformin and you stop without any ill effects.

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