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    Old 09-04-2014, 02:50 AM   #1
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    Metformin 500mg

    Hi friends, I am taking metformin 500mg at bed time from 11 days for type2 diabetes, although my aic is 5.8 but on strip and lab test I was getting like 140 mg/dl (7.76 mmol/l) so my doc suggested this along with norvasc 10mg and zocor 10 mg for BP and lipids.
    Long story short after taking for 11 days, my appetite vanished and I started feeling that my stomach is distended, and gases are blocked and severely constipated may due to small portion I was eating, almost half of my 1900 calories requirement. I have stopped metformin 500 mg from yesterday night, because the lack of appetite, nausea, gas block, severe constipation were making sick. Does stopping metformin would create any problem? I have tested glucose level at home gadget and its not bad morning gasting 118 mgdl and after moderate breakfast it was 140 after one hour. Still discontinuation after 36 hrs I feel bitter taste and slightly distended stomach but little gas out. Further I am also scared if this is not lactic acidosis ie severe nausea and little palpitation (may be due to anxiety) Thanks
    let me add further, just checked my random (two hour after meal ) and its saying 245mg/dl so I immediately took one tab of 500mg

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    Old 09-05-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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    Re: Metformin 500mg

    Although I have never personally taken metformin, I've heard that it can definitely cause gastro-intestinal problems. From what I've heard though, if you start on a very low dose (250 mg once a day), then increase it a little every couple of weeks (like 250 mg twice a day for another few weeks, etc.), the body will get used to it and you won't have as many problems.

    I must say that the 240 number you got is quite high, and you definitely want to be proactive about preventing those highs. Your A1c and fasting bg's aren't too bad, but the fasting bg's are usually the last place T2 shows up...good thing you're doing the 2-hour post-meal tests.

    I'd ask your doc for the lower dose of metformin. Meanwhile, keep your meals as low-carb as possible and maybe wait another week or two before re-starting the metformin at a low dose.


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