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Reducing Metformin from tonight

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by Dougie22, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Dougie22

    Dougie22 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is my last day on 4*500mg (2 with breakfast, 2 with dinner) as I'm moving down to 2*500mg (1 and 1). I read here somewhere that I can expect 80% of the benefits on the reduced dose. I'm not sure my control is that consistent that I'll be able to tell if BG goes up as a result. Anyone got any experience of reducing medication?
     
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    MarcoRiveira Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have no experience as I'm still on 2 500mg per day.

    I'd say go for it, though, maybe change the timing, which I did with my 2 Mets. 1 in the morning anytime, but 2nd one before bed, my readings after waking up are much better.
     
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    Dougie22 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm not taking, the slow release version yet. Thought I'd wait and see how the reduced dosage works first.
     
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    Dougie22 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I thought they worked best if you took them with food, but might give it a try.
     
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    Energize Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My understanding regarding taking Metformin is that the advice re taking with/after meals is because of the possiblilty of gastric issues with it. Some people find Metformin causes many gastric issues which can be improved on slow Release.

    Personally, I have no problems with Metformin. I did get changed to Slow Release when my dose was increased to 4 a day but this has been changed back to 'ordinary' Metformin due to the surgery's decision re trimming costs.

    As I have said, I don't have a problem with Metformin but many people seem to have issues. I often take my Metformin as I go to bed as I forget to take my evening tablets before ;) I'll have to see if it brings down my morning BG when taken late at night :)
     
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