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When Should You Be Prescribed Metformin?

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Why Is Metformin Considered The Drug Of Choice For Type 2 Diabetes?

Gunda Siska, PharmD, has worked in various fields within the pharmaceutical industry as a licensed pharmacist for more than 20 years. She is currently a staff hospital pharmacist assisting nurses and doctors with drug prescribing, administration, and dispensing, as well as independently monitoring and dosing highly toxic and dangerous drugs. For 2 years, she was concurrently a consultant pharmacist for skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes. Dr. Siska is a member of the New Mexico Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Follow her on Twitter @GundaSiska Metformin is a medication that I believe is underappreciated by the general public. Many people ttell me that their doctor prescribed this drug for them, but they took themselves off of it, but if they knew what I know about metformin, they would have stayed on the medication. This is what I know: metformin extends life. It’s been proven in animal studies1 and in humans. A prospective observational study of nearly 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and arteriosclerosis found that metformin use was associated with 24% lower all-cause mortality compared to patients Continue reading >>

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  1. beticantoo

    Pre-Diabetes - I was prescribed Metformin 500MG as I am pre-diabetic... doctor offered as an option?

    ... so I could have passed. In looking at the precautions list, I already HAVE a lot of the side effects even before taking it, and 2 of the meds I take are on the Warning list... I'm also to see a cardiologist next week to check my heart and a pulmonary specialist to find out why I get so short of breath. I'm scared to even try this medicine... shouldn't I be waiting to see results of other tests before jumping into this script? It also make me wonder if I start taking Metformin will I eventually become diabetic because it changes my chemistry? I'm really fearful of this medicine... thanks

  2. PF pfromri

    It seems that you're leafy of this medication. I take metformin daily and the side affect for me is hunger. Im diabetic so I have to take this med. Since you're prediabetic why not talk to your doctor about diet and exercise before taking this med? Maybe eating whole grain breads and foods along with daily exercise will help. Try sugar free sodas and desserts too. I hope this is helpful. The biggest culprits of high blood sugar are white breads and pasta and of course sugary foods. Best of health to you. I hope you wont need to take this medicine at all. But if you do the side affects are very small.

  3. BE beticantoo

    Thank you, pfromri... I`m scheduled for more tests, cardiology & pulmonary because I can`t get my breath, which is why I can`t exercise right now. I`m very surprised that alternative wasn`t offered, but then I never asked either. Also having more blood work done in 8 weeks, so if I start eating the whole grains, etc, maybe it will show me back to normal... Once again, thanks... you were very helpful... take care, and I wish you the best of health also... Hope they find a cure in 2012:)

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