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Things you may never have known about metformin.

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by bluejeans98, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. mo53

    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    Thank you Bluejean that made really interesting reading.
     
  2. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    have a google about the benefits of metformin, its a very very good drug
     
  3. zand

    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    I want to take it again and my GP won't let me :(
     
  4. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is the kind of unnecessary scary information which can panic the newly diagnosed. For example:

    "If symptoms of low blood sugar occur, eat glucose tablets or gel, corn syrup, honey, or sugar cubes; or drink fruit juice, non-diet soft drink, or sugar dissolved in water. Also, check your blood for low blood sugar. Glucagon is used in emergency situations when severe symptoms such as seizures (convulsions) or unconsciousness occur. Have a glucagon kit available, along with a syringe or needle, and know how to use it. The members of your household also should know how to use it."

    Well, I'm not on Metformin at the moment (although I may go back to it) but I have never had (or felt the need of) a glucagon kit.

    It looks as though the specific information about Metformin has largely been swamped by general information for diabetics who are on a mix of medication including ones which can knock BG right down (such as insulin).

    As far as I am aware Metformin on its own does not significantly increase the risk of a Hypo.

    Cheers

    LGC
     
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  5. bluejeans98

    bluejeans98 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I posted more because of the warnings when it comes to surgery and scans etc. I've been on metformin for 7 weeks. And rather than giving me the runs it has constipated me.
     
  6. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not picking on you - picking on the Mayo!
     
  7. bluejeans98

    bluejeans98 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can I ask why you have suspended Metformin while you get your weight down below mid point of normal BMI. Just curious.
     
  8. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I want to see what my body can do on its own, without any drugs.

    When I have a baseline I expect to add back in Metformin to see how much more Metformin improves my BG control.

    Otherwise I won't know how much effect the weight loss is having and how much is due to the drugs.
     
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    I don't take it anymore and I feel so much better.
    I'm sure it is an excellent drug, but, for me, the side effects were too difficult to cope with and were getting worse and more numerous, not better over time.
    My DN is a bit of a chocolate teapot, so I'm seeing what I can do with diet before I let them talk me into taking anything else. - I wasn't given the diet only option at diagnosis and I feel that I should have been.


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