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Should I take it?

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by Gracicles, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Gracicles

    Gracicles Type 2 · Member

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    Hi I'm T2 and started metformin last week at 500mg after breakfast. I am meant to increase it to after breakfast and after lunch tomorrow and then again next week to one after tea as well, but I've been following a low carb diet for a week too and my blood sugars have only been a little high after breakfast (I suspect because it usually cereal and too high in carbs) the rest of the time they have been perfect. My question is do I really need to increase the Met when my sugars are good? I don't want to end up having terrible lows. Would 500mg a day be enough to actually do anything?
    Thanks
     
    #1 Gracicles, Apr 12, 2016 at 11:00 PM
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  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I think you need to discuss this with your doctor. None of us here can answer your question as we aren't medically qualified. The decision is between you and your doctor/nurse.
    Sorry. :(
     
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  3. Donald2000

    Donald2000 · Newbie

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    I agree with the comment above. No-one except your GP or diabetic nurse has any real authority to tell you or not to tell you about medication. If it has been prescribed for you then it will help to keep your blood glucose in check; the alternatives to having out of control bg are eventually very extreme; that's why Metformin and other drugs are prescribed.
     
  4. Gracicles

    Gracicles Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you, I'm managing to keep my sugars low by eating very few carbs.
     
  5. SunnyExpat

    SunnyExpat Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    You have been prescribed a course of treatment.
    You need to consult with your GP, and he needs to be aware of what you are deciding, if you do indeed decide to deviate from his prescription, otherwise how can he effectively treat you?
     
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    Donald2000 · Newbie

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    Thank you. If you know better than the GP, then go ahead.
     
  7. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @Gracicles - Metformin lowers the amount of sugar created by the Liver and decreases the amount of sugar absorbed by the intestines. It may also help Type 2 Diabetic's lose weight as it lowers appetite. :)
     
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