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Type 2 Metformin on empty stomach

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by PrincessDolly, May 31, 2022.

  1. PrincessDolly

    PrincessDolly Type 2 · Newbie

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    Can you take Metformin on an empty stomach

    I have recently begun taking Metformin 4 x 500 a day
    I would prefer to loose weight by fasting and only eating one meal a day
    Can I either take Metformin on an empty stomach or take 4 with evening meal?
     
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    Sheepish Type 2 · Member

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    Sheepish Type 2 · Member

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    Hello, I guess your doctor thinks you need Metformin (or just reaches for the prescription pad as you walk in). I find taking it on an empty stomach gives me stomach cramps but a friend just takes his morning and evening with no ill effects.
    Not sure that eating once a day is a good idea. If I miss a meal my BG levels shoot up. I guess my liver thinks I’m starving and releases more glucose. I lost 16kg in 3 months just by cutting portions and following the advice I was given.
    Have you got a diabetes nurse you could discuss this with?
     
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  4. Lobsang Tsultim

    Lobsang Tsultim Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I find taking metformin without eating first gives me quite intense nausea. This has meant adding in an evening meal now I'm on 3 tablets a day (I didn't normally eat an evening meal before due to Vinaya guidelines).
     
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  5. PrincessDolly

    PrincessDolly Type 2 · Newbie

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    PrincessDolly Type 2 · Newbie

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    Thanks. I previously controlled by type 2 by fasting and weight loss without drugs - but has got out seriously of control recently (post covid and weight gain) so I was hoping to return to the low carb regime and fasting regime again - but now I am on Metformin as sugars so high - and just want to know if I can take morning dose on empty stomach. Not eating in morning suits me as I’m just not hungry till midday. Strange I know!
     
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    PrincessDolly Type 2 · Newbie

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    Thanks I am going to try it without breakfast this morning to see if I can tolerate it.
     
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    ajbod · Well-Known Member

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    I usually take mine without food and have no problems, just try it to find out if it suits you. as for fasting not a problem provided you are eating sufficient for your system, it is thought the fasting reduces insulin resistance.
     
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    Sarah69 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I take both my doses morning and evening without food and I have no problems with it.
     
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  10. Riva_Roxaban

    Riva_Roxaban Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    When I was taking Metformin, it states on the packet "take with food", so if I did not eat I did not take a Metformin tablet.

    As for taking four tablets at one hit with food, you will have to ask your GP if it is safe to do.
     
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