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What Dose of Metformin Are You On?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by FelineFan, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. FelineFan

    FelineFan Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi there,

    First of all apologies if this has been asked before, but am curious to know what dose, those of you that are on Metformin, are on?

    I have just started on it, (today!) and am on 1 x 500mg once a day, for 1st week, 2 x 500mg in week 2 and then 3 x 500mg from week 3 onwards. Obviously a total of 1500mg by 3rd week.

    Thanks
     
  2. grissom49

    grissom49 · Newbie

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    I've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for about 18 months now. I started on one tablet a day and worked up to two tablets morning and night, a total of 4 tablets a day. I do know someone who is on about the same dosage as you so I guess it varies from individual to individual.
     
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    daisy5 · Newbie

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    I take one dose of Metformin 500mg with my evening meal to get high fasting levels down which my doc says are because of insulin resistance.

    I love cats too!
     
  4. cocacola

    cocacola Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Three x 500mg a day. Two tablets in the morning with breakfast, and one with evening meal.
    Beware of the [email protected] :lol: also expect the possibility of diarrhoea :mrgreen:
    Wish my GP would have warned me of the dicky tum when I started them 2 yrs ago. I started on 3 a day straight off :evil:
     
  5. FelineFan

    FelineFan Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks for the input so far...

    daisy5 - oh how many cats do you have? I have 2 - geriatrics - 18 yrs old next month - bless em!

    cocacola - yes, am aware of the side ffects and am bracing myself for them! - maybe I'll be lucky and get none? Yeah, right!
     
  6. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    I started on 3x 500mg 6 years ago, but since low carbing. I have cut back to 2 x 500. Although I do take an extra occasionally if my BG creeps up or I'm facing a bigger meal. Happens about once a week.
    Hana
     
  7. cocacola

    cocacola Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Someone on the forum also mention 'beware of the wet [email protected]' :lol: when starting Metformin.
     
  8. croftmanor

    croftmanor · Well-Known Member

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    Hi There
    I started on the gradual dose of 1x 500 daily for a few weeks, then 2 x 500 daily,
    was ok on that for 2 years but am now up to 1 x 850 twice a day, I tend to take mine with my early evening meal and again at bedtime,
    luckily the bum trumpets :oops: settled a while ago by taking them at these times!!!
    Crofty,
     
  9. Bazooka66

    Bazooka66 · Member

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    Hi there-

    when I was diagnosed a type 2 I was not informed that taking 500x3 a day could be disastrous :shock: ! to the ole tummy...especially if you were eating 'spicey food/alcohol etc (I know...shouldnt have been living that way with it - but in denial at that time!)

    Ive found if you have had a break from metformin & then go 'back on the wagon' it can literally wipe you out in terms of bad guts for a few days even on the same dose & eating more healthily. I cant risk a tablet at lunch due to my work, but take one with breakfast, dinner & a late night one.

    Everything is fine now & my other half is rather pleased the shuffle to the bathroom with cries of 'Oh My God!' are a thing of the past.

    Oops...Too Much Info
     
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    Ruth.Day · Member

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    I was diagnosed last September and was prescribed 1x500mg. This was grdually increased over time and I am now taking 3x850mg daily.
     
  11. andrewa

    andrewa · Member

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    I started on x1 500 mg slow release two months ago taken with my evening meal. This had little effect so after a lecture from the GP on better eating (I thought I was being good but apparently I wasn't) so now I'm on 2x 500gm taken with evening meal. The increased wind aspect of things has definitely been noticeable! So far, fortunately, no stomach upset. :?

    Andrew
     
  12. TracyA

    TracyA · Well-Known Member

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    I started on x2 500mg,then was moved to x4 aday so all in all 2000mg.I take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening.I was one of the lucky ones and had no side effects (knock on wood) lol. :D
     
  13. wellwell1212

    wellwell1212 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Started on x1 500 morn/noon/night = x3 a day. Squeaky bum time was the order of the day. Then was put on x2-500 twice a day, still squeaky time. Now on x1 750 or is it 850 Slow Release taken in the evening and x2 Glics in the morning.
     
  14. FelineFan

    FelineFan Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks for all your input!

    Some amusing stories too, re: side effects that made me chuckle. :lol:

    So far, no too bad for me, but have only been on 500mg once a day for 3 days so far.

    Is nice to be in good company anyway!
     
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    chrissy66 · Newbie

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    HI

    Ive had diabetes since 2008
    i take 1 tablet 3 times a day of 1000mg Diaformin plus insulin twice a day
    :D


    Chrissy66 xoxox
     
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    jj2000 Type 2 · Newbie

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    i am now on 3x 500Mg a day one in the morning and 2 with the evening meal,I am also taking 2 peppermint oil capsules twice a day and i must say that these have really helped with the main side effect of metfartin'(sic).
     
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    rainbow_chicy · Newbie

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    Hi I was diagnoised type 2 diabetic about 5 years ago was started on two 850 mg tablets one morning one night.Then gliclicide 80mg was introduced and folled by byetta injection which I now also take twice a day 10ml injection each time b4 brekkie and b4 tea .Does anyone ever get fed up taking meds ..? i KNOW ITS MUST!!! or wed all be worse. :roll: Byetta injections been good for me as so far been on it about a yr and lost over 3 1/2 stones in weight :p so not all doom and gloom pps..Are any of you on byetta?well have good weekend all .Im new here so think its great way supporting one another xxx Dotty
     
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    Graham1441 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I found out i was type 2 three years ago and was put on 3 500 mg from the start.
     
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    SarkySquid · Newbie

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    Diagnosed Type 2 two years ago. Crept up to 2 x 500mg 3 times a day ie 3000mg + Gliclazide. Started victoza injections end of last year and dropped to 2 x 500mg Metformin twice a day. BG readings are improved and am losing weight. Prednisolone (Steroid which raises blood sugar) for my Sarcoidosis doesn't help though!
     
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    Was diagnosed just over two years ago i take 3 x 1000mg of metformin a day and also inject Byetta twice a day,
     
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