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Metformin - when to take it?

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by Alexandra100, Feb 8, 2018.

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  1. Rachox

    Rachox Other · Type 2 - well controlled. Moderator.
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    Indeed when I was nursing we were told a good indicator of whether a tablet can be halved is if they are scored. My Metformin aren’t.
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting.
    However if the dose is split over the day then I don't suppose it matters all that much.
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    I will be crushing mine if I cannot swallow them after op.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    @Alexandra100 Is it possible to take one every other day?

    My GP told me only to ever cut pills in half if they are scored.
     
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    Rachox Other · Type 2 - well controlled. Moderator.
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    Please only do this if a pharmacist agrees x
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Slow release not to be cut but original drugs can be made into a liquid by a good chemist..
     
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    Rachox Other · Type 2 - well controlled. Moderator.
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    If you need it as a liquid you can be prescribed Metformin oral solution
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Dn told me to cut many a med in half as I couldn't tolerate them. Still didn't work and ended up on insulin.
     
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  9. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. My GP is very aware of the problems many people have on Metformin, so her idea was to start on the lowest possible dose and work up gradually. The pills I have been given are domed and I don't fancy my chances cutting them in half, so I am starting on 500mg with food and hoping for the best. I finally decided to take the pill with lunch, partly because at breakfast I already take Flecainide x 2 plus Fuoresemide x 2 plus Dabigatran (which can also cause stomach problems).
     
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    Is there a cure for diabetes or all we can do is take pills?
     
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    Deepshika Type 1 · Member

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    I know I'm a little too late to reply here but I'm sure there are millions battling against diabetes everyday and I hope my experience can help someone out there. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for over 5 years and was advised to take Metfornin by my Doctor. I actually kept complaining about the unending streaks of hunger with fluctuation in mood and fainting spells but he said there is no drug which is better than Metafornin. Eventually I had to search for an alternative and googled up solutions. A lot of drugs popped up but I knew that was not an answer.
    Strict diet regulations and timely consumption of food and drugs can go a long way when its a battle against diabetes. There are a lot of drugs that can do a great job but with a price to pay.
    I just hope all you fellow diabetic people can take care of yourselves and win the fight.
    All the best everyone!!
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Are you sure you were diagnosed as Type 1? It is an autoimmune disease whereby antibodies kill off the beta cells in the pancreas, making natural insulin production impossible. There is no cure as of yet.
     
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    So far i take mine with breakfast and evening meals .....nobodys told me thats best i was just prescribed them and left to it . Honestly im clueless over the whole situation so far ...diagnosed 1 month ago.
     
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    You can get metformin in a liquid form if you can’t swallow it
     
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    Australiadiabetic2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting !!!!

    I have been told to take my M of 500gms every morning !
    I might try the switch to arvo’ s to see if theres any difference
     
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    A thorough discussion of Metformin timing here:
    http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/2010/06/timing-your-metformin-dose.html
    I followed Dr Bernstein's advice to take Glucophage XR rather than the generic Metformin. I believe that nowadays there is little difference in price. At any rate my GP accepted to change my prescription. I can't say if the Glucophage works better for me as I increased my dose at the same time.
     
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    Initially I was told the same, but when my BG went up I was told to take one with my morning meal and one with my evening meal, and see if it made a difference.
     
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    I am T2, have to take 2 x 500mg of Metformin 2 x a day, and I have always found them less than pleasant to swallow with water, so have switched to taking them with a teaspoon of plain yogurt.
    SO MUCH EASIER.
     
  19. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    And did it?
     
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    briped Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I wonder too, but I've stuck with it. Dividing the dosis over a 24 hour period must be better, my logic tells me, but correct me if I'm wrong. The reason I don't know is that roughly around the same time I went Low Carb, and to be honest I'm sure that's what did the trick for me.
     
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