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Does anyone here take metformin (for diabetes) and do well?

Does anyone here take metformin (for diabetes) and do well?

Metformin: Metformin is a great diabetes drug. It's considered a first line (used first before anything else) drug in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. David Sneid
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Metformin (Definition)

That reduces liver production of glucose- other benefits: can't cause low blood sugar when used alone, likely cariovascular benefit, may reduce complications of diabetes, may reduce cancer risk ...Read more


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Iam diabetic and I take one metformin 500mg. Is it sufficient to control sugar?

Iam diabetic and I take one metformin 500mg. Is it sufficient to control sugar?

Metformin dosing: Metformin is an excellent drug for diabetes. 500 mg can be an appropriate dose for some people, but only your doctor will know if this dose is right for you. You should see your doctor and ask questions about the dose of metformin you are taking. ...Read more

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Hi I am in a pre diabetes stage. Should I take metformin HCI? I am 54 years old.

Hi I am in a pre diabetes stage. Should I take metformin HCI? 
I am 54 years old.

It can help: Hi. Healthy lifestyle (healthy diet, regular exercise, no smoking) is considered the first line of defense against developing type 2 diabetes from prediabetes. But metformin has also been shown to be helpful. It's perfectly fair and valid to do healthy lifestyle AND metformin. Good luck! ...Read more

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Accidentally took one of my dad's Metformin pills. I'm not diabetic. Is this bad or harmless?

Accidentally took one of my dad's Metformin pills. I'm not diabetic. Is this bad or harmless?

No but do not repeat: You will be OK try to drink a cup of orange juice.
The nice thing about metformin VS other diabetes medication, it does not cause severe hypoglycemia.
Make sure it does not happen again. ...Read more

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What happens if the person takes a 500mg metformin ER pill but does not think she has diabetes?

What happens if the person takes a 500mg metformin ER pill but does not think she has diabetes?

Metformin: Metformin is a great drug and is used for other purposes beside diabetes. You don't need to have diabetes to take the drug. However, I wouldn't start taking this drug without supervision of a physician. ...Read more

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I've had pain of left side attributed to metformin side effect. What do I do now? I need to take it for my diabetes.

I've had pain of left side attributed to metformin side effect. What do I do now? I need to take it for my diabetes.

There is a: Time-release metformin known as Glumetza which many people can take successfully even though they cannot take regular metformin. It is, however, a brand name product, and more expensive. Insurance may allow it if your doctor sends a pa stating your intolerant to conventional metformin. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic and take metformin, can I still donate blood?

I'm diabetic and take metformin, can I still donate blood?

Yes: Diabetics stable on medication (or non-bovine insulin) may donate blood according to the Red Cross website. ...Read more

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Is janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) safe to take? I am type 2 diabetic.

Is janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) safe to take?  I am type 2 diabetic.

Generally yes: Janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) is safe as long as you tolerate metformin without problem and have relatively normal kidney function. Your doctor can help you out with these questions and check your lab to see if you're appropriate. ...Read more

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I am type 2 diabetic from last 7 yrs how safe is janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) 50/1000mg. I take it twice daily....

Safe, however...: Safe, however you should only take with regular monitoring by your doctor. Janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) is a combo-drug formed by adding sitagliptin (aka, Januvia) and metformin, hence the combo brand name (and combo price tag). It has a BLACK BOX WARNING for potential lactic acidosis which can occur due to metformin accumulation. This is rare, but fatal in 50% of cases, esp. in diabetics w/ kidney disease. Talk w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do or take to boost my immunity? I have diabetes and am taking metformin, but I've been getting infections that continue.

Is there anything I can do or take to boost my immunity?  I have diabetes and am taking metformin, but I've been getting infections that continue.

Many things: Keep in contact with your physician to make sure your diabetes is well controlled. Your immune system is "sluggish" when blood sugars are high, thus chronic infection can occur with uncontrolled diabetes. Other things you can do: eat healthy, get adequate amount of vit d and c, stay active, maintain a healthy weight, maintain good sleep hygiene, get your vaccinations per guidelines, wash hands... ...Read more

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Dr told my husband that he got diabetes and cholestrol, Dr give him Metformin.is metformin for life? Can diabtes goes 1day? Wht if he doesn't take it?

Dr told my husband that he got diabetes and cholestrol, Dr give him Metformin.is metformin for life? Can diabtes goes 1day? Wht if he doesn't take it?

Control: Hi. Type 2 diabetes (assume) and high cholesterol both increase heart attack risk and diabetes causes eye, kidney, & nerve risks. Unless he's one of the VERY, VERY RARE people who can control it VERY WELL with diet & exercise, he'll need diabetes medicine for life (metformin and/or others; 1 drug alone seldom adequate for long). Statin drug too for cholesterol. Healthy diet & exercise FOR LIFE. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed as diabetic wasn't told I was pre diabetic 5 yrs ago. Dr told me 2 500 mg of metformin a day? I feel sick when I take it is this normal

Just diagnosed as diabetic wasn't told I was pre diabetic 5 yrs ago. Dr told me 2 500 mg of metformin a day? I feel sick when I take it is this normal

Yes: The highlight of the side effects of metformin is irritation of the stomach. You may do better with a coated form and if still with problem, consider changing medicine. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take Metformin for weight loss if I'm not diabetic?

Can I take Metformin for weight loss if I'm not diabetic?

Not usually..: While weight loss may occur while taking metformin, weight loss is not usually the reason the medicine is prescribed. The drug does have to be taken under the supervision of a prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a diabetic type II patient, how should I take glucophage (metformin) drug, before or after meals?

I'm a diabetic type II patient, how should I take glucophage (metformin) drug, before or after meals?

Take it with or: After meals. Take care! http://www.Diabetes. Org/ http://www.Rd. Com/health/wellness/the-best-herbs-and-supplements-for-diabetes/. ...Read more

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I take metformin for type 2 diabetes. If I loose weight will i be able to stop taking meds? I'm 5'7" 220 lbs.

I take metformin for type 2 diabetes. If I loose weight will i be able to stop taking meds?  I'm 5'7" 220 lbs.

Continue metformin: Even if you lose weight and your glucose returns to normal, metformin should be continued as it will decrease your risk of the high glucose returning later in life. Remember, diabetes can't be cured, only treated.
Also, metformin has several health benefits that are separate from glucose control. ...Read more

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My husband is diabetic and take metformin and januvia (sitagliptin) but he's sugar is always over 200 and up what is wrong?

My husband is diabetic and take metformin and januvia (sitagliptin) but he's sugar is always over 200 and up what is wrong?

Intensify treatment: He might need stronger medications or Insulin at this time. He will still need to make sure he is eating the right food and putting effort in an exercise regimen. Keep close follow up with his physician so that his medications can be changed appropriately. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and I take metformin for the condition but I have lost my taste and smell and I wonder if possible side effect?

Loss or abnormal: Taste and smell are well-known potential side effects of metformin therapy. Discuss w/your physician. There are other drugs available (after diet/exercise/weight loss) but metformin is usually one of the best agents to utilize unless it causes problems that necessitate stopping it. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not use drugs and I am diabetic. I take janumet XR (sitagliptin and metformin) does this have anything to do with it?

Diabetic: First of all you most likely have type 2 diabetes. If so you are not a diabetic — you have diabetes — and you should be working for the next several years to rid yourself of diabetes.
Diet, exercise, and decreasing medication doses for management of diabetes if where you should be.
Yes, it is possible and I would add — essential!
Please keep me posted! ...Read more

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Tony has type 2 diabetes and is taking insulin once a day at bedtime. When should he be testing. He takes glucophage (metformin) twice a day?

Tony has type 2 diabetes and is taking insulin once a day at bedtime. When should he be testing. He takes glucophage (metformin) twice a day?

Twice per day : Test before he takes the shot at bedtime and when he gets up in the morning. Test also whenever he feels unwell: sweating, shaking, tremor... ...Read more

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How long does metformin take to get out your system. I have to have a gtt done, my surgeon requested I stop taking it to see if I am diabetic.?

How long does metformin take to get out your system. I have to have a gtt done, my surgeon requested I stop taking it to see if I am diabetic.?

DM diagnosis: No need to stop metformin. Get an a1c test not a ggt. The GGT is not recommended as a diagnostic test by the da. A1c less than 5.7 is normal. 5.7-6.4 is pre diabetes. Above 6.5 is diabetes. ...Read more

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I am type 2 diabetic missed my 1st dose of Metformin hcl 500 today so I took 2 in the pm. How long will it take to see if my sugar goes too low?

I am type 2 diabetic missed my 1st dose of Metformin hcl 500 today so I took 2 in the pm. How long will it take to see if my sugar goes too low?

Low sugar: 1000 dose of Metformin should cause no major concern.
Much more important! You can control your diabetes to a point where you no longer have diabetes. Please have a nurse who will slowly but properly help you rid yourself of diabetes. Yes, that does happen and should happen!
Hope all goes well — please keep me informed. ...Read more

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As diabetic is glucose of 122 good after 3 hrs of eating? Since it's gone down tremendously, should I lower dosage? Take 2.5 onglyza (saxagliptin) & 500 metformin.

As diabetic is glucose of 122 good after 3 hrs of eating? Since it's gone down tremendously, should I lower dosage? Take 2.5 onglyza (saxagliptin) & 500 metformin.

That's good control: I hope you meant 3 hours after eating. Your blood sugar is not in the hypoglycemic range after eating so you are not getting too much medication. Congratulate yourself (and your doctor) and keep up the good work. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take the metformin tablets my gp gave me for type 2 diabetes?

Yes: Metformin helps with type diabetics. Just know to stop meds if acutely ill or getting a contrast requiring examination. Also, keep to diet modification and try to lose weight if overweight. ...Read more

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Say you are not obese, and do not have diabetes (type 1 or 2) and take 2000of metformin(at once), what would happen?

Stomach ache: We use metformin in patients without diabetes for other conditions like pcos, for example. If someone took 2000 mg of metformin just to try it, a bad stomach ache would likely ensue. ...Read more

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Are there any all natural pills I can take with my metformin for my diabetes that will promote and help with weight loss?

Are there any all natural pills I can take with my metformin for my diabetes that will promote and help with weight loss?

Yes with care: Some natural supplements may be helpful by stimulating your metabolism and reducing your appetite such as green tea and green coffee extracts. Others can help support Insulin (chromium, cinnamon) but since you are on metformin you will want to make sure this is monitored. Magnesium is also important and is often low in diabetics. Avoid sugar spikes from fruits, starchy carbs, sweet drinks. ...Read more

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How do I treat the burning and pain on the bottom of my feet at night I was diagnosed as a borderline diabetic and I take metformin daily.

How do I treat the burning and pain on the bottom of my feet at night I was diagnosed as a borderline diabetic and I take metformin daily.

Depends on the cause: If you are treating a particular nutritional deficiency, metanx may be of benefit. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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