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Old 10-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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How long does metformin stay in your system?

I give up, I surrender, metformin has gotten the better of me. I am type 2 diabetic. The doctor put me on met ten weeks ago hoping to get me off insulin(insulin was working fine to keep my glucose down, he just thought it would be more convenient for me to take tablets). I was taking extended release and taking it with meals but the vomiting and diarrhea goes on all day and just won't stop. In fact it gets worse. I gradually reduced the dosage(with his permission) from four tablets a day to one. Didn't make a bit of difference, one is as bad as four. I would rather take insulin than live like this. How long does it stay in your system -- I want to start living again! I was not overweight at the time of diagnosis. I was, and still am, underweight.

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Re: How long does metformin stay in your system?

Met can stay in your system for a while, but the symptoms should stop soon after you stop taking the pills. If the insulin was working for you, I would definitely go back for it. Don't be surprised if, at least for a while, you would need a lot less. The insulin sensitizing properties of the met will last for a while but then will fade away as the drug gets out of your system.

On a side note, have you been tested for type 1? I don't know how long you were a prediabetic, but when you are an adult, you can appear to be type 2 for quite a number of years before requiring insulin.

As I said, if the insulin worked for you and you were happy enough on it, go back. You can get good control and be a bit more free in your diet.
Dxd T1 1966, 2001 dialysis, 2002 kidney transplant, 2003 insulin pump, 2008 pancreas transplant

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