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Metformin - When to take?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Hello52, Apr 5, 2019.

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  1. Hello52

    Hello52 · Newbie

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    Hi all,
    I'm treated with Xultophy once daily, and two pills of Metformin daily. I heard a lecture where the doctor indicated that for those taking two pills of Metformin a day, the preferred time to take them is before going to bed at night - this in order to maximize its effect during the nightly fast.
    Can anyone confirm if this is true? Is it accepted practice?
    Thanks!
    Gabi.
     
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  2. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    It may be true I must admit I don't know but most people I know who take it normally take one with morning meal and one with evening meal and I believe if you take it without food it's more likely to cause gastric problems that is gut ache, nausea and diarrhoea and such. And I tend not to eat a meal at bedtime.
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I take my Metformin with meals, one at breakfast, one with the evening meal.

    It states on the box "Twice daily with meals" as directed by my GP.
     
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    acerimmer Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi there. I take 2g a day and I was advised to take 1g with morning meal and the other 1g with evening meal. I was told to make sure it is taken with or just after eating. Hope things work out for you.:):)
     
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    Traceymac23 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    One with breakfast, one with dinner
     
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    catfan I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Ask your GP for Metformin SR. (slow release).
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    GP had me changed back to slow release but gave me IBS symptoms so now stopped, for now. Hoping after Bariatric full by-pass I can suffer those meds again. Even just before food so when meal hits my gut is ready. Not too long before food though.
    I tried with food and the effects were hit and miss.
    Not really sure I need metformin for PCOS anymore as monthly is only a tad late every month. Metformin was my infertility saviour. In fact had my family on it.
    Taking metformin for decades without IBS was a pleasure. I found my diabetes in good order with it.
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I take three tablets a day, I used to take one with each meal but was forgetting the lunch time one, so Gp suggested two at breakfast and one at dinner. Metformin has a cumulative effect so this made no difference whatsoever to my blood sugar levels throughout the day.
     
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