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Sweating after taking metformin

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by Benita_, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. Benita_

    Benita_ Type 2 · Member

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    I seem to have uncontrollable sweating not long after taking metformin is this normal????
     
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    Pipp Type 2 · Expert
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    Hello, and welcome, @Benita_

    Do you have any other symptoms? (Some people have gastric discomfort.) Or is it just the sweating?
     
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    Benita_ Type 2 · Member

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    Benita_ Type 2 · Member

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    Gastric discomfort aswell
     
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    Benita_ Type 2 · Member

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    I have separated my medication to see which one. But when I take metformin l start sweating followed by gastric tighting and bloating
     
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    Pipp Type 2 · Expert
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    Some people are affected that way. Miserable, isn't it. For some it is temporary, but there is an alternative, slow release form of Metformin. Perhaps you would find that more suitable. If the discomfort continues, ask for a change of prescription.

    Have you seen the new member info from @daisy1 ?
    I have tagged her, so she will post it soon.
    Also, have a look at the info for new members in my signature.

    Hope you feel better soon.
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @Benita_

    Hello Benita and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information for new members which I hope will be useful to you. Ask more questions when you need to and someone will be able to help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 235,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a free 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.

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    Rich_S Type 2 · Newbie

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    I thought it was something wrong with me,since being put on Metformin I have started to sweat profusely and have terrible wind,I have mentioned this to my diabetic nurse but she just says "yeah they do that to some people".Is there nothing that can be done to make life less sweaty and windy?????
     
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    letstalk1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Off and on I get sweating after I take Metformin it lasts a couple minutes then gone- not anythying to bother me , I take a bit of food then take metformin with the rest of food no stomach upset at all , light bloat some days and doing this alittle over 1 year.
     
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    Mummydebra Type 2 · Newbie

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    I was diagnosed last week on Metformin and get amazing hot sweats after taking it ..doesnt help as also get this side effect from Tamoxifen.....the gas bill will be very small if this keeps going ..xx
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Give Metformin two weeks, including trying it at different times of days and with different food most people find they get on OK with Metformin once their body gets used to it, otherwise speech to your GP.
     
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