1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

I am going to run out of pills

Discussion in 'Diabetes Medication and Drugs' started by auburn, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. auburn

    auburn Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Hello,

    You may have seen Aberdeenshire on the news, basically we're all flooded and knee deep in snow in places, and everyone's stuck.
    I was due to pick up my Metformin prescription today, as I am to run out on Sunday. I now can't get to the doctors to get the tablets. Weather permitting, it will be Tuesday before I can get there, but that's only if Mother Nature lets up and gives us a break.

    I am taking 2 tablets of Prolonged release metformin (500mg) in the morning and 2 tablets at tea-time. I have 12 tablets left (not yet taken any this morning) and I wondered if anyone had advise - Do I continue to take my 4 a day knowing I'm going to run out, or do I drop down to 2 a day, and spread out what I have left?

    I am trying to get through to the docs surgery but their "out of office" message is still on, so I'm not sure anyone will get to the practice today, and I dont know if this classes as an urgent enough question to speak to NHS24???

    Any advice, greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

    Messages:
    16,991
    Likes Received:
    11,594
    Trophy Points:
    298
    Just ring NHS24 and see what thy say...and our thoughts are with you in the flooding..
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. auburn

    auburn Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Thank you for the reply, I have been informed to continue with the 2 + 2 tablets and keep an eye on the weather for when I can get to my surgery..
    Now that the "sun" (as much sun as we get here!!) is up, the local news seems to be suggesting some of the roads are clearing, so fingers crossed that it'll be on it's way to normality soon. Trying to stay positive. The community spirit here is pretty awesome
     
  4. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    21,043
    Likes Received:
    34,668
    Trophy Points:
    298
    So long as you renew your prescription as soon as possible, I shouldn't worry.

    Metformin's effectiveness doesn't really kick in for 2-3 weeks after starting to take it, and it doesn't affect the short term highs and lows (in the sense that you don't prevent a high by taking one tablet).

    What it does is, over time, lower your readings by a couple of mmol/l (depending on dose, and how effective it is in your particular body). Each dose is important, but only in that it builds up the background effectiveness.

    Diet and how many carbs you eat has a much greater immediate effect than metformin.

    So just get back on them as soon as you can.

    If you are worried about triggering any digestive side effects by stopping and then re-starting, you could try reducing your dose now, to make the remainiing pills go further, so you never actually run out, just drop the dose and then increase it again. But that is a suggestion - never done it myself to know if it will help.

    Please note: this only applies to met. Am NOT suggesting this approach for any other medication!
     
  5. MH2010

    MH2010 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    438
    Likes Received:
    551
    Trophy Points:
    153
    @auburn Where about in the shire do you stay?
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook