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A member asked about a 51-year-old female:

My father is having uncontrolled type 2 dm. why did the doctor stop glipizide and start him on metformin?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Metformin: This is a very good drug for diabetes. It decreases the amount of sugar the liver makes (thus lower blood sugar) and it makes the Insulin in your system more effective at the muscles (insulin lowers your blood sugar). Unless you have contraindications or severe side effects from the drug, you should be on this if you have type 2 diabetes.
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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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Glipizide is more likely to cause blood sugar to drop too low than metformin. Perhaps that's why his doctor switched him to metformin. Why not ask your dad if the doctor explained the switch?
Jul 9, 2015
Last updated Mar 10, 2018

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