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Metformin Advantages And Disadvantages

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Oral Diabetes Medications

A list of oral diabetes medications with advantages, disadvantages, and side effects. Click on the name of a drug for more information. Biguanides Glucophage (generic name: metformin) Glucophage XR (generic name: metformin hydrochloride) extended release Fortamet (generic name: metformin hydrochloride) extended release Glumetza (generic name: metformin hydrochloride) extended release Riomet (generic name: metformin hydrochloride liquid) What are Biguanides? Metformin is the only member of the biguanides family in use today. Metformin (met-FOR-min) helps lower blood glucose by making sure your liver does not put extra glucose into the system when it is not needed. The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes recommend the inclusion of metformin (along with diet and exercise) in initial diabetes treatment. A good thing about metformin is that it does not cause blood glucose to get too low (hypoglycemia) when it is the only diabetes medicine you take. Who can take this medicine? Adults with type 2 diabetes can take metformin with their doctor’s approval and supervision. You should avoid metformin if you have liver or kidney problems, lung or heart disease, or conditions that cause Continue reading >>

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  1. rougie

    Dizziness caused by insulin

    Hello,
    I have recently read a post from this site entitled:
    "Protaphane/Long acting insulin - Side effects"
    And I seem to to have the same problems, extreme tiredness and virtigos of dizziness spasms. I have stopped insuline for 2 days and feel alot better, sharper and more energy, however, I completely changed my eating habits and my readings are high but just as they were when I was taking all that insulin. No difference and I am not even exercising! I will continue this for a week or so since I see my readings decreasing!
    In reference to the post above, would I have to start using the insulin pump even if I reduce my sugars down to normal ranges?
    All feedback appreciated.
    Robert

  2. rougie

    In case you may not find the post in reference in my original post, here is the address:
    http://www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/t...n-side-effects
    Robert

  3. MarkM

    Originally Posted by rougie
    ... I seem to to have the same problems, extreme tiredness and virtigos of dizziness spasms. I have stopped insuline for 2 days and feel alot better, sharper and more energy, however, I completely changed my eating habits and my readings are high but just as they were when I was taking all that insulin. No difference and I am not even exercising! I will continue this for a week or so since I see my readings decreasing! ... With such high blood sugar (HBA1c of 12), you are putting yourself at risk by stopping the insulin. Ketoacidosis moves quickly and can be fatal if not treated quickly. So don't tempt fate. By all means try a
    different insulin, after discussing it with your doctor. But don't just stop taking it.

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