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Timing of metformin

Discussion in 'Metformin/Biguanides' started by eveshamgal, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. eveshamgal

    eveshamgal · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    Quick question does the time of day you take your metformin make any difference?

    I am on 2x1000mg to be taken together once a day. At the moment I am taking them with or after my evening meal but am experiencing quite high dawn phenomenon so am wondering if it's the metformin doing this?

    Do you find taking it at different times affects you differently?

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  2. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    hi eveshamgal, are you sure that you were told to take all you metformin in one go? Its very unusual. Metfomin is usually taken twice daily with food, it is important to take it 'with' food to help stop any nausea or stomach cramp problems.

    I would at go back to your go and check with him or her, it really is NOT normal to take 2000mg all together.
     
  3. eveshamgal

    eveshamgal · Well-Known Member

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    Ummmmm.....pretty sure but will check when I get home :grin:

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  4. eveshamgal

    eveshamgal · Well-Known Member

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    Ok..... I've checked and it says take 2 daily with food but it doesn't say take them both together.

    Will ring my nurse tomorrow to seeing I should be taking them together or not.

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    Tigris · Member

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    I have to take my Metformin 500mg 3 x day.

    The Dermatologist who is also a G.P. told me to take 1x evening meal the first week, 1 x morning and 1 evening meal the second week and now I take 3 a week which includes 1 at lunch time.

    Maybe one on a morning and one at evening meal will be better for you. Hope you get sorted soon.
     
  6. eveshamgal

    eveshamgal · Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    I have been doing this For a week now and personally I feel it's working much better. Will see in a couple of months time at my next check up lol

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    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    hi i take x2 500g in the mroning and x2 500g at night, i never had any symptons at all of side effects, i forget all the time and eat them whenever i remember food or no food, just lucky i suppose :).... on saying that ive never had any symptons at all even before i didnt know i had the diabetes apart from being thirsty, never felt bad when i was mid twenties just never felt bad *shrug*....not complaining :)
     
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    destiny0321 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi just read what it said I am on me form in 2x1000mg every evening with my tea and have been since starting on slow release tablets which is over 2 yes now

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  9. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    "Normal" Metformin is fairly short acting. reaching its peak in about an hour and lasting about 4 - 5 hours overall.It's abovious that taking it an hour before your meal or with your food, will give the greatest effect in preventing spikes [most meals take about an hour to digest!].
    I'm currently experimenting with mine, since I eat my main meal mid day and want to prevent spikes and Dawn Phenomenon.
    I take 1 of my Met 500s at bed time to keep DP down. I'm trying this week with my other met 500 late morning to cover lunch, which is low carb [ I have carb free breakfast!]
    I've been on Met 500X 2 for at least 8 years, but I used to have my main meal in the evening. Now I have Lunch and a mini-meal at about 6:30 pm.
    I'm planning to ask my Gp if I could try the SR for a month to see if I can smooth my BG even more. I looked up the price and It's about 3 x the cost of the "normal", but that only costs about 3p per tablet. I found figures which suggest the Met 500SR is about 10p per tablet.
    I wouldn't take a days worth of Met in one go for 2 reasons.
    1}its effectiveness doesn't last long enough and 2} the bigger dose isn't twice as effecive. Once you have enough, It's enough. More doesn't work better!
    Hana
     
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    Hi, I take 2 x500mg SR metformin at bedtime. Spoke to the pharmacist about when I should take them and he said as long as I take them at he same time it doesn't matter.I have been taking these or 3 years.
     
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    bev12 Type 2 · Member

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    Could anyone enlighten me on what "dawn phenomenon" is please???
     
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    ))Denise(( Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    dumpy222 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was told to take all my tablets in a morning 2000mg I however ignored this and take half in morning half at night! Otherwise I would be spending the whole day on the toilet
     
  14. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    I take 500 x 3

    One with breakfast

    Two with evening meal.....working so far.......x
     
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