Doctor insights on:
Long Term Effects Of Metformin
Not many: Glyburide is a sulfonourea (it forces your pancreas to produce more insulin). Metformin does three things... It helps your Insulin work better by making the Insulin receptors in the body more sensitive, it slows glucose absorption in the intestine, and slows the production of glucose by the liver. ...Read more
Doc has advised me to take glucophage (metformin) gor 3 months to regulate my hormones and aid in weight loss but I m wary. Will there be long term side effects?
Is long term daily use of immodium to deal with diarrhea caused by metformin safe? Only take 2 immodium as directed on box
Any suggestions on supplement while taking long term metformin for PCOS/ insulin resistance? Related to reduced vitamin/mineral absorption? Thnx!
Metformin has G.I. Side effects including diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The symptoms may last as long as you are taking the medication. One solution is generic glucophage XR or er which is a long-acting medication with less side effects.
Many patients can not tolerate metformin at any dose but fortunately we have many diabetes meds --out there. Hope you are better soon! ...Read more
A few days: You should start to see improvement in your blood sugars within a few days, and continued improvement over a few weeks. ...Read more
It helps, not sure: If you have the so-called polycystic ovarian syndrome and Insulin resistance problem with lower chance of fertility, the use of metformin can help, but no one really knows how truly effective it is or how long it takes. You could be pregnant tomorrow, next month, in 6 months, a year, or even never. It is frustrating, but hang in there. Wt loss can help. Consult doc regularly and good luck to you. ...Read more
Right away...but.: Glucophage (metformin) works by making Insulin work better in your body. This helps lower appetite and does not cause any weight gain. Any weight loss you have will be due to your proper attention to diet and exercise. That said, you should have better results dieting while taking the metformin than if you weren't taking it. ...Read more
I have to have a gtt done and am on 500mg metformin how long should I stop taking metformin before taking the test as I won't to get a true reading?
Had my first B12 shot the other day. How long is it good for. And when should I get my next one. Been on Metformin for years and feel so much better.
Expiration: Most drugs expiration date is a year. Some drugs less. There have been studies that looked at the efficacy of drugs post expiration and some were still effective as many as 20 years out. Best is to see your doc and see what's best for you. :) ...Read more
24-48 hours: Maybe a bit longer if have kidney dysfunction. ...Read more
How long does metformin stay in you’re system. I stopped using it two days ago how long until completely gone?
It depends: It depends on whether it is the short acting or extended release form. Its effect lasts about 5 hours in most people in the short acting form. It is totally gone in about 18-24 hours. The long acting form is totally gone in 24-36 hours. ...Read more
My wife was prescribed metformin to get pregnant. How long should she continue taking it after she is pregnant.?
1st Trimester: Most physicians have women stop taking metformin sometime in the 1st trimester. Typically women on metformin also have some Insulin resistance, it's important to have a glucose tolerance test in the 1st trimester to check for gestational diabetes. I recommend women go off their metformin after getting pregnant, have the glucose test and then use more typical agents for glucose control if need. ...Read more
My dr. Made my dose higher of metformin now I'm taking 1500mg will this help me get pregnant if so how long will it take to get pregnant.
I took metformin 500 mg and I was wondering how long after stopping that it was out of your system and could it cause a false positive drug test?
Metformin 500 is usually taken twice a day - out of your system every 12 hours.
I don't think it can cause a faulse positive test if you are monitoring your blood sugar.
If you think the metformin associated blood glucose values are too high or too low please contact your doctor. ...Read more
Metformin: If diagnosis is correct this is appropriate medicine. The condition places you in pre or diabetic range. Place faith in your dr. To provide treatment plan. Do you have pseudoacanthosis nigrans- skin changes most notable about back neck? None the less best treatment plan based on minimal criteria you provided. ...Read more
Well, the: Rationale is that u likely have elevated insulin, that is generally a big part of pcos. Using metformin, goal is 1500 mg per day, helps to lower Insulin which is very similar to growth factor, making wt loss difficult. It may be best u stay on this especially if u have a family hx of type 2 diabetes. 30% of women will ovulate at 1500 mg and it may help prevent diabetes and help to prevent weigh. ...Read more
Yes, unless: Hi. Yes, in general that 3-drug cocktail is safe. Exceptions would be metformin at a certain level of kidney disease, pioglitazone in heart failure, and glimepiride if it's causing hypoglycemia. That 3-drug regimen will likely lose efficacy over time. Keep your diabetes, blood pressure, and lipids tightly controlled. Don't smoke! Good luck! ...Read more
Is glumetza better than metformin? Does it cause cancer if taken for a long time? How long has it been in existence?
Glumetza or metformi:
If you don't need Glumetza don't take it.
If you don't use Metformin don't take it.
Cancer is unlikely. What is necessary is a discussion with your doctor about your diabetes meds.
At age 40 you most likely have type 2 diabetes. This is a good time to start planning to rid yourself completely from diabetes. I suggest you see a dietitian to help you. ...Read more
So scared to take metformin why I am such a chicken I don't know. Ugh I know the long run will be good. How do I do it?
I have no way: Of knowing why you are scared. It's a very safe drug that has been around for decades. Talk w/your physician and make sure you control your diabetes with whatever regimen is necessary. Never let fear control your actions. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
How long does it take metformin 500 mg to regulate a period? I've been on it once a day for a week now & have nothing but spotting. Is this normal?
Unusual choice: Metformin is a very unusual choice to control a menstrual cycle. Are you sure you are getting the right medication or that is really the reason it was prescribed? It's typically prescribed for diabetes control. You may want to check with your provider and/or pharmacist to ensure this isn't medication error. ...Read more
If a person is on 2000mg of metformin a day, how long would it take for lactic acidosis to develop? (i know not necessarily but let's assume it does)
Should I try new diabetic medicine since metformin taken too long & I want my A1c to go to 5.5? Mine is 6.6. Do we have better med. Than metformin?
Get more input: I'd urge you to get a couple of physicians' opinions as to whether it's really helpful or in your best interest to try to lower you hgba1c as you've indicated. My reading of the recent medical literature has left me unpersuaded that this is something you'd want. Especially, I want to congratulate you for the good result you'd had so far. ...Read more