1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2020 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Slow release metformin dose

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by Juliemeikle, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. Juliemeikle

    Juliemeikle · Member

    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:
    I am fairly new to all this as diagnosed in early September following Hb1ac result (64). Initially I was put on 500mg increasing to 1500mg within a few weeks. I could not tolerate it so have been given 1000mg slow release. This seems fine, but is this enough?

    I test (not as regularly or in as controlled a way as I should and it does not vary much) and my levels are usually about 7 - 8 2 hours after eating. Rarely goes over 9.7 an hour after food. Never below 5.8 at any time.

    I am being more careful about carbs, but not following a very low carb diet. I stick to less than 100g a day including drinks etc.

    So should I be concerned that the metformin is a lower dose than originally planned?
    Thanks.....I am new to this!
  2. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:
    It depends on what your BG levels aims are really - Metformin doesn't stop your BG level rising if you eat more carbs than you can cope with. To get normal number my upper limit was 50 gm of carbs per day, and I tested after meals to be sure I did not exceed 8 mmol/l - the actual number gradually fell as I got better. It is more usual to test two hours after starting to eat, - it is just what people tend to do to make things standardized.
    Low levels shouldn't be a problem, as Metformin isn't that sort of a treatment.
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook