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Metformin timing

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Lizzieluvs, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. Lizzieluvs

    Lizzieluvs · Member

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    I’m nearing the end of my 1st week of metformin, I was told to take it with my evening meal, the timing of my evening meal differs greatly due to shift work, does taking it at the same time of day matter? I was wondering if anyone takes it before bed instead? As I nearly always go to bed at the same time taking it before bed would mean that I can take it at the same time each day which I thought could be better.
  2. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Hi @Lizzieluvs . Metformin is a drug that doesn’t have a direct effect on any particular meal, it just builds up in the system over time, so timing of when you take them doesn’t really matter. Having said that it is better to take it with a meal, as you’ll risk more side effects if you take it without food.
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