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Alternatives to forxiga

Discussion in 'Other Diabetic Medications' started by sweaty betty, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. sweaty betty

    sweaty betty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all - I’ve been told I have a type 1/type 2 hybrid. I’m on insulin but I’m very insulin resistant.

    I’ve taken max dose metformin for years and was given forxiga earlier this year, but I’m going to have to stop it. I’m frequently getting up to the toilet in the night, need to drink constantly, getting frequent yeast infections and it’s impacting bladder issues.

    Any experience of alternative drugs that may work better? I have a while until my next dr appointment and would like to be informed before I go.
     
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    edan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What is your weight and exercise regime like? Improvements to these can really help reduce insulin resistance, without the side effects of medications.
     
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    Kittycat_7_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've had the same experience with this drug, I've just gone onto insulin so have stopped it.
    Good luck in your search.
     
  4. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Sweaty betty (great name!), I'm reliably informed there are over 400 combinations of medications available to doctors for the treatment of T2 diabetes, so there are plenty options around. What's best for you will be governed by your overall condition and what you and your Doc may have tried already.

    Good luck with it all.
     
  5. sweaty betty

    sweaty betty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all - I’ve just had a look at the different options (admittedly alone not different combinations) and feel thoroughly deflated. I’m already on insulin so don’t need anything that will help me produce more (because they don’t work, hence me taking insulin), I can’t face another drug with the same side effects of forxiga. The only other drug that seems to address insulin resistance is pioglitazone which makes you gain weight.

    While my weight/exercise has never really impacted my diabetes/insulin resistance (and I’ve yoyoed over the years) I don’t want to risk further weight gain.

    Has anyone found a change in insulin type has helped? I’m currently on novorapid.
     
  6. sweaty betty

    sweaty betty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just a quick update. I stopped forxiga about 2 weeks ago. After a couple of bad days my blood sugar has been ok - better than when taking it!
    Not sure what to put it down to - I was waking up 3-4 times a night to either pee or have a drink, so maybe I’m more rested. But otherwise I have no clue - just trying to make the most of it!
     
  7. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Sounds like you never needed the Forxiga in the first place.

    If your levels are doing well with your insulin, why do you need another drug?
     
  8. sweaty betty

    sweaty betty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Because my levels were awful - double figures the majority of the time. And not decreasing with additional insulin (& metformin).

    I can’t explain it.
     
  9. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    It could just be you need your insulin doses changing and a carb counting course - have you been offered one?
     
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    sweaty betty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have done a course but a while ago. I’m hoping my insulin settings will go down at my next appointment but it still doesn’t explain why coming off forxiga has improved things dramatically.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    No it doesn't, but don't knock it!
     
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    sweaty betty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And now bizarrely they’ve gone back up to double figures today. I’ve changed my pump set and libre and levels have gone from below 7 consistently to between 11-21. I give up!
     
  13. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I think you need some help from pumper users. Perhaps put a post in the T1 forum? I'm afraid I can't help.
    @Jaylee and @Juicyj are on-line. Perhaps they can put you in touch with some.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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  15. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    @sweaty betty - Could you please confirm your diabetes type. Your mix of treatment regimes along with yourr pumper status is a bit unusual.
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Expert
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    Hello @sweaty betty

    As a pumper myself I only use novorapid, it's effective so insulin would only a problem if it had gone off, so if I was running high I'd change it and use a fresh bottle, also check your cannula sites, if you have lumps it would cause absorption issues so ensure you have good rotation sites. Still high then you could be coming down with a bug which raise your levels or have a dental infection.

    Have you done DAFNE and are you ok with doing correction boluses ?
     
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    sweaty betty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi there - thanks & sorry for the delay in response - Christmas etc...

    So I’m told I’m a type 1/2 hybrid. Originally diagnosed as t2 but starting hba1c of 12. Type 2 meds not ever very effective on me. Frequently asked if I was sure I wasn’t t1 but antibodies were never detected (I’m now told that they don’t always show up).

    Switched to insulin when I became pregnant & never looked back, much easier to control etc. Kept taking metformin throughout but recently insulin resistance has been getting worse, so tried forxiga.

    I’ve taken myself off forxiga now & bg was great previous week. But rubbish again this week!

    I’m on novo rapid via a pump but I’m wondering if it’s the sites I’m having a problem with...
     
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