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Why Do You Take Metformin With Food?

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What Is Metformin?

MORE Metformin is a prescription drug used primarily in the treatment of Type II diabetes. It can be used on its own or combined with other medications. In the United States, it is sold under the brand names Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza and Riomet. "Metformin is very often prescribed as the first step in a diabetic's regime," said Ken Sternfeld, a New York-based pharmacist. How it works "When you're diabetic you lose the ability to use the insulin you need to offset the food," Sternfeld explained. "If you eat a carb or sugar that can't be metabolized or offset by the insulin you produce, your sugar levels will be higher. Metformin and drugs in that category will help your body better metabolize that food so that insulin levels will be able to stay more in line." Metformin aims to decrease glucose production in the liver, consequently lowering the levels of glucose in the bloodstream. It also changes the way that your blood cells react to insulin. "It makes them more sensitive to insulin," said Dr. Stephen Neabore, a primary care doctor at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. "It makes the same amount of insulin work better. It transports the insulin to the cells in a mo Continue reading >>

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  1. triciaf_57

    Is it okay to take Metformin without food?

    Hi All:
    I normally take my Metformin with food but tonight I had to take my Metformin and I did not have food around. I did not take my Metformin with food tonight. This is rare though. My question is this. Is it okay to take Metformin without food once in awhile? I am a little nervous so any help in this matter would be apprecated. I think I may have asked a similar question before so my apologies for being repetitive.
    Best Regards,
    Pat Foley

  2. mollythed

    Re: Is it okay to take Metformin without food?

    The reason for taking metformin with food is that if you are inclined to have an unsettled stomach when taking it, the food will help to prevent that. It will still work just as well without the food, and it will not do any harm, especially since this is a one-time occurence, and not a regular thing, I might be inclined to drink a little extra water to help speed the medication through the stomach a little more easily, but I wouldn't be worried about any ill effects, and certainly not any lasting effects..

  3. alan_s

    Re: Is it okay to take Metformin without food?

    triciaf_57:
    Hi All:
    I normally take my Metformin with food but tonight I had to take my Metformin and I did not have food around. I did not take my Metformin with food tonight. This is rare though. My question is this. Is it okay to take Metformin without food once in awhile? I am a little nervous so any help in this matter would be apprecated. I think I may have asked a similar question before so my apologies for being repetitive.
    Best Regards,
    Pat Foley
    The only reason I know to take metformin with food is to minimise the possibility of gastro side effects.
    I have never had that problem so I take 1000mg on waking, before breakfast, and 1000mg at bedtime regardless of whether I have a bedtime snack or not. After a lot of experimentation I found those times most effective for me.
    If you don't suffer from side effects take it at the time which suits you best.

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