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Has Anyone Had a Good Experience of Metformin?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Klangley, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Tenzarin

    Tenzarin Type 2 · Member

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    It's hard to say whether metformin or change in diet has had the bigger impact as I started them together - it's probably a combination of the two that's working.

    I'd definitely be reluctant to stop taking it at this point.
     
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  2. Cl1ve

    Cl1ve Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi . I was diagnosed with type 2 3 months ago . My levels where very high at 27 . I was given metformin and gliclazide . Iv now come of the gliclazide . And I'm now talking metformin 2 x 500 mg one at lunch and one with evening meals . Iv had no side effects . So I can only say my experience has been good . My levels now are between 5 and 7 . My advice would be if you need them give them a go . It seams some people have no problems with them and until you take them you will not know if they are going to be OK for you

    Clive
     
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  3. Mr tosh

    Mr tosh Type 2 · Member

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    Hi, I had the same dilemma recently but decided to give it a try, and I have to say that after my initial fears and a lot of good advice from the people on here it seems to be doing some good, especially with the morning phenomenon. Bloods are down from an average of 13 to a steady 8.0 an waking after just 3 weeks. I haven't had any noticeable side effects at all from 3x 500 sr metformin. All things considered I think it is worth giving it a try
     
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  4. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @Mr tosh I have pretty much decided I will ask to try Metformin in my next Doctors appointment (Thursday). Completed my second HbA1c test yesterday, results then. Certainly sounds as if it is making a significant improvement to your BS....long may it continue.
     
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  5. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    OK day one with Metformin. One tablet only with breakfast. Noticed a slight metallic taste in my mouth before lunch, but so far so good :)
     
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    flossymartin05 · Active Member

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    Hi...I have been taking glucophage for 6weeks now and have had very few problems.The nurse prescribed this as it is kinder on the stomach than ordinary metformin.She left it to me to increase it from 500mg a day to 2000mg which I am now taking .I increased it weekly....gradually whilst eating a low carb diet...I do feel a higher carb diet can make stomach problems worse with metformin.
    I haven't lost weight but my DN reckons metformin is not always going to do this...but my bloods have come down a bit from the mid teens to 8/9 s.I am due back in 3 weeks for bloods...HbA1c etc.Hope this helps....do try it.

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
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  7. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Day 2 on Metformin. I am taking the advice, from this forum, of starting on one per day for the first 4 days. No noticeable effects overnight, perhaps some extra wind and a few grumbles from my stomach. Fingers crossed this continues.

    I haven't read up on Glucophage but thanks for the tip. I will look at it if simple Metformin doesn't do the trick.
     
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  8. Dave from mimosa

    Dave from mimosa Type 2 · Newbie

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    I have been taking Metformin SR for about 8 months. I have had no adverse effects, I started on 1 per day and am now on 4. No weight loss, no upset system and no real effect. I also take Gliclizide 4 per day, very slight effect on glucose levels, also on a new med called Empagliflozin 10mg 1 a day. Adding the latter has reduced my glucose levels to normal but I feel like a chemist shop! Over medicating is a constant worry. I try to keep to a strict diet but am a bit weak willed of an evening! Work in progress! I have never had a hypo no matter how much meds I take the only thing that has lowered my readings is not eating which is not such a good idea. The last med moves the glucose to your urinary system so now I am worried about infections and desperate thirst also been taking it for two days now and almost blacked out twice after standing up a bit quick! Frightening experience!
     
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  9. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Day 3 on Metformin. Still only one a day. Unfortunately today some of the negative symptoms turned up. Stomach cramping, diarrhoea and some nausea. Still tolerable.....just.
     
  10. Mafat

    Mafat · Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    I used to take 500 MG Metformin twice a day.Once with breakfast & one with dinner.I noticed i that if you take Meformin with very low carb intake you will start having stomach cramping & Gas Etc. Hence I stopped Meformin & breakfast too & started with 18 hours of fastings.
     
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  11. britishpub

    britishpub Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Did you remember to take it out of the Foil wrapper ?? :D
     
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  12. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting @Mafat I certainly qualify as having a very low carb diet. I had read that people have problems with Metformin when they step outside a LCHF diet overdo it on the carbs. But that's the first I heard of LCHF making it worse. I rarely feel like breakfast understood that Metformin should be taken with food, so I have been having my omelette every morning. From this forum I am expecting a couple of weeks of problems. But if it hasn't evened out by next Thursday I will be of it....I have a 21hr flight to Australia and don't fancy spending it on the toilet.....although on the plus side I guess there is lots of leg room.
     
  13. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    So that's what I am doing wrong :banghead:
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Hi All
    Diagnosed 1 1/2 weeks ago and started on Metformin that evening, took one a day for the first week (evening meal) just started on 2 (morning and evening) have had a lot of looseness.. and last night really bad diarreah. Spoke to the nurse today about some blood tests and told her this. She's moving me onto the slow release so will let you know how this works.. looks like I'm in the 25% bad reaction group.
     
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  15. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I actually mentioned the slow release but the Dr said I would be fine on the normal version (apparently its slightly cheaper). Today I was much better, although I got some cramps whilst on my daily walk.....thought for a minute it wouldn't just be bears that sh*t in the woods :)
     
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  16. Mad Mickey

    Mad Mickey Type 2 · Member

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    Apart from smelling like a polecat at times, I have no major issues as far as I know.
     
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  17. Wilki.356

    Wilki.356 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi Klangley.
    All I will say, we have all different diagnosis to everyone.
    What works for someone, may not work for you until you try it. Then you can strike it off your list of "not working". Always keep an open mind.
    It works for me, I will always try different and new idea's to control my levels better.
    Good luck.
     
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  18. Nigelh

    Nigelh Type 2 · Active Member

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    Im on 4 a day. I had a couple of moments at first when the world fell out of my backside, but that didnt last. I also had an uncomfy pain in my liver for ages which seemed to move about...so i started taking a little apple cyder vinegar a few times a day, (swigged from the bottle) and since then i feel great and no pain.. Plus its good for lowering blood sugars and cholesterol.
     
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  19. Klangley

    Klangley Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I will try the Cider Vinegar, thanks mate
     
  20. Nigelh

    Nigelh Type 2 · Active Member

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    Have some water to hand to wash it down as it can be quite harsh at first. You only need a couple of tablespoons at a time.. google it, youll be surprised.
     
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