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Oily Stool When Taking Metformin
I am taking metformin xr, I have noticed it coming out in the stool whole and also I am having mucus that is sometimes blood in it?
Pills in stools!:
Finding different pills has been a known fact especially the long acting ones.
See your doctor to change metformin to regular- need to take twice daily. If your symptoms continue metformin has to be discontinued.
There was a hilarious article in an integrated medicine journal about the huge amount of pills which was recovered from a mountain of stools!
eware of SR, XR & all long acting medications! ...Read more
I take metformin ER. Many times there will be the metformin pill in my stool. It is bright old red and white colored. Is this normal?
My mom is taking vitagliptin metformin glicanazide and voglibose. All these cause immense bloating and hardening of stools. Please advise can we do?
Unusual - See MD: Most of these medications do not cause hard stools, most commonly they do the opposite. A recent change in bowel habit in an older person is always something that should be checked up. It may not be the medications. So please advise her to see her md. In the meantime, I would suggest eating more fiber. Metamucil or similar psyllium products are quite effective, and also lower cholesterol. ...Read more
M58, started glucophage (metformin) 500 mg and Norvasc 10 mg per day. Have not passed stool from 36 hrs. Could this be due to these medicines. Thanks?
My januvia appears undigested, in my stool. I take metformin, glipizide, victoza (liraglutide) and januvia. Is it pointless to take the januvia?
Maybe: If you are already on victoza, (liraglutide) you don't need to be on januvia. Talk to your doctor about this. See a specialist if needed. ...Read more
I had dye today, was passing black stool, ocultic bleed had dye aprox 9 am at apron 4 pm took 1000 mg metformin, just realised what I did.
Problems: Sorry to read about your issues. I strongly suggest that someone take you to the nearest Emergency and you will be taking excellent care. ...Read more
Have had loose stool for about a month now on janumet, (sitagliptin and metformin) blood levels and colesterol good, but stool very runny all the time?
Not uncoomon: Janumet is a combination medication with januvia (sitagliptin) and metformin. Gi side effects are not uncommon with metformin especially at higher doses. ...Read more
Takin a lots of pain killer (norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) kepra, metformin, stool softener) have a constipation and rash on the face. What shoul I do to help my skin?
Side effect: Rash could be side effect of one of the meds. Try to remember time frame of when rash started and if it corresponded to starting one of these meds (like kepra). Talk to your doctor about it as well. Good luck. ...Read more
Insulin resistance: PECOS is nothing but insulin resistance. This means you need to address lifestyle changes which includes eating more good fats, like seeds nuts, avocado and reduce or cut out refined carbs. Seeing metformin in the stool indicates you have a motility issue and digestive issue and this also needs to be addressed with lifestyle changes. Probiotics will help and cutting out refined sugars. ...Read more
Walking at least 3 times a week (1hr) and cutting down fatty oily food. Will this help with my PCOS period being regular in anyway? 1500 XR Metformin
See your doctor:
For re-evaluation//adjustment of your therapy. Generally metformin is adjusted based on fasting sugars (ada goal <130mg/dl).Clinical response seen at doses >1, 500mg daily, adjusted based on efficacy/ tolerance (max 2, 250mg/day).Also increase physical active (~30mins most days of the week)/ fiber/water intake, reduce portion size at mealtime, add fruits/veggies to meal, for better
diabetes control. ...Read more
I was taking Novolin (insulin) N & Metformin twice a day before going into the hospital. There they gave me Novolin (insulin) R. How do I get back on N. I've never used R?
Stay on R: It makes more sense to be on R, as it is better for u'r sugar spikes with meals. Should take 30 min prior to u'r meals, or largest meal. N formula is a long acting Insulin and won't cover the post meal sugar spikes as well. Metformin helps with keeping baseline blood sugars down overall which, in a way, is the purpose of Novolin (insulin) N, so u'r combo of Metformin and R makes more sense. ...Read more
Drink metformin: Drink what?Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: If you mean you have diabetes and because of your other diabetes meds you have occasional lows, then those meds should be adjusted but you can still be on metformin (which does not cause lows). If you mean you don't have high bgs ever/not a diabetic, then no, u don't need metformin. ...Read more
Good sugar control!: This combination medication (metformin/glipizide) is a commonly used treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is usually quite effective for lowering glucose levels. If you take too much, your sugar may drop below normal. You should have normal kidney function documented before starting metformin. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Unless yo develop tissue breakdown or get dehydrated. Remain hydrated ...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
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Possible.: But a major change like this should be reviewed with your doc. ...Read more
Not many: Hi. Metformin can cause GI upset fairly common, but better if dose is slowly titrated upward); if used in kidney disease patients, it can cause a serious illness, lactic acidosis (very rare). Glibenclamide/glyburide can cause low blood sugar (rare) or rash (also rare); it is a very archaic diabetes drug. Good luck! ...Read more
Are there any known reactions, particularly in absorption, when taking Suboxone and metformin ER?
No: They are compatible with no interactions. Good luck on your recovery. ...Read more
Diabetic type 2 now taking twice a day glimipiride2mg with metformin 500mg pl suggest better pills?
TAKE RIGHT DOSE: Glimepiride is fine and cheap, however can lead to weight gain and possible hypoglycemia. Metformin dose is inadqeuate. Needs to be taken 2x/day (immediate release) and most effect dose is 2000 mg/day. Increase slowly at intervals to avoid GI problems. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more
I have polycyst in both ovaries size 4.09x2.87cm rt n 3.85x2.85 CM left is it harmful if not remove I m at metformin for 5 mnths?
Not usually harmful: If the cyst r are truly benign they are likely to go away on there own over time or with your medication. It sounds like you are being treated for polycystic ovarian syndrome which will frequently have persistent cyst. If you are not reassured it may be helpful to have your doctor draw a ca 125 level which can help evaluation for ovarian cancer. This is not likely in someone your age. ...Read more
I was told by my pcp that I had diabetes without being tested for it and I wanna know what should I do about taking the metformin?
I took my. Metformin this morning went to a gathering ate cake n cookies came home blood sugar dropped to 55 y did it drop that low?
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