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Can You Cut A Metformin Pill In Half?

Metformin Vs Metformin Er

Metformin Vs Metformin Er

I'm seeing quite a few posts on BBSes from people who are having problems with metformin because of side effects that could be eliminated if they were taking the extended release form of this drug. For some reason, many family doctors don't seem to be aware that there is a ER version of this drug that has such benefits. This is probably because metformin is a cheap generic and isn't promoted by herds of beautiful ex-cheerleaders turned drug company salespushers who "educate" doctors about far more expensive--and less effective--newer drugs. Here are the facts: Metformin (also sold under the brand name Glucophage) comes in a regular version which is taken at meal time, three times a day, and an extended release form (marketed as ER or XR) which is taken once a day. Almost always, when people report diarrhea or intense heartburn with metformin, they are taking regular version. I experienced the heartburn on the regular drug. It was very disturbing because the pain was localized over my heart and felt just like the description of a heart attack you read in articles. My doctor assured me it was coming from the metformin, but that didn't make it any easier to live with because I kept wondering how, if I were having a real heart attack, I'd know it wasn't a pain from the drug? The ER version releases the drug more slowly and this usually eliminates the gastrointestinal problems. The trade off with taking the ER form is that the amount of blood sugar lowering you see might be a bit less than with the regular form as the drug acts in a slower smoother fashion rather than hitting all at once. But if you can't take the regular at all drug because of the side effects, the slight weakening in effect is a reasonable trade off. Plus, you only have to remember to take one dose rather Continue reading >>

Can You Cut A 500mg Metformin In Half - Metformin And Water Retention

Can You Cut A 500mg Metformin In Half - Metformin And Water Retention

Can you cut a 500mg metformin in half - Metformin and water retention 5 Ways You Can Turn Plastic Into Chrome - PChrome 1 Answer (question resolved) - Posted in: diabetes, type 2, metformin - Answer: This is a good question. Now I do not know about this pill, so that. I have no appetite and often forget to eat. When I do I force myself to choke it down. I've continued to gain lbs. I've gone from a lb. I have a wonderful psychiatrist through a non-profit mental health clinic who is treating me for depression and PTSD. you I've suffered from both for decades, it's a long, ugly story. I'm positive I'm hypothyroid but since I don't have insurance I'm half to go to free clinics. I have every hypothyroidism symptom on the "official" list cut problem can and inability to become pregnant--DUH! Drs at the free clinic are volunteers, mostly residents, patients never see the same one twice, can you cut a 500mg metformin in half. Some metformin I am hypo and prescribe levo--synthroid, others disagree. They weigh me on each visit and my weight continues to increase. Roughly one-third of Dr. Well over half, if not two-thirds of the people he sees are 500mg resistant. Can I cut Metformin 500mg ER in half to take? It helps slow the progression of the disease from one thing to the next, can you cut a 500mg metformin in half. He prescribes metformin to almost all of his patients who have type 2 diabetes no matter how low their A1C level is. And he tells his patients that their levels should be 5. So I have that as a goal. We vastly underutilize metformin. How can I stop the diarrhea caused by metformin? A disadvantage of using chrome paint for plastic is that it appears more like silver spray paint than a true chrome finish. If you are not careful, it is also easy for the base coat to s Continue reading >>

Can Metformin Hcl 1000mg Be Cut Half

Can Metformin Hcl 1000mg Be Cut Half

why do people post such important and subject themselves to a potential medical situation- why not just pick up the phone and call YOUR DR. or GO THE PHARMACY AND ASK THEM! Really people!- ## @romine, Well I can't speak for everyone, but I do know that some questions of this nature don't necessarily need to be answered by a doctor specifically. For example, if there is a score line on your pill then it's usually safe to be cut in half, since that's what it's intended for. In the case that there's no dividing line, then it certainly would be a good idea to contact your doctor or pharmacy first and foremost (especially if they are time-released tablets). And even then, not all medical professionals know how a drug is going to end up effecting you until you start ta... ... I think the metformin HCL 1000 mg ER is too much for me. It made me sick to the point i couldnt function. So i started taking half the dosage. 500 mg per day. I cut the pill in 2 and take a half per day. Will this hurt me? ## Hello, Sally! How are you? This is a time released medication, so it should not be cut, that could cause you to get too much of the medication at once. If you have issues taking the higher dose, your doctor can prescribe a 500mg dosage for you to try. What are you current blood sugar readings? The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, flatulence, abdominal pain and diarrhea. ## Are you on any other medications? If your doctor doesn't want to prescribe a lower dose of this one, there are also sev... ... If A Tablet Is Scored Can You Cut It In Half For The Dose I have some Metformin Hcl 1000mg tablets. My dose has been reduced to 500 mg. Is it safe to cut the 1000mg ones in half? ## It is safe, as long as you weren't Continue reading >>

Can Glucophage Xr Be Cut In Half - 249228 - Foodinfo.tv

Can Glucophage Xr Be Cut In Half - 249228 - Foodinfo.tv

Glucophage XR Uses, Side Effects amp; Warnings Glucophage XR used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This medicine is sometimes used together with insulin or other medications, but this medicine is not for treating type 1 diabetes. Glucophage XR may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.Can you cut in half Metformin ER? PCOS Message BoardYour siggy says you are on 1000 mg. Are you taking 1000 mg tablets or 500 mg tablets? If you are on 1000 mg tablets, you might ask the dr for 500 mg tablets so that you don 39;t have to break the pill. If you are on 500 mg tablets, they do not need to be cut in half.Can Metformin Be Cut? Diabetes DailyCan Metformin Be Cut I would like to split one in half to take half at lunch and half at dinner times. Can these be cut Metformin vs. Metformin XR.can I cut Metformin 500mg ER in half to take? Yahoo AnswersIt 39;s in their design. Unfortunately, Metformin ER tablets are NOT in that group. You can 39;t chew, crush, cut or break in half. You have to take this tablet whole. If you are not on any other diabetes medications it is very, very, very unlikely that Metformin alone can cause hypoglycemia. Metformin can cause gastritis( unset stomach).Can glucophage be cut in half Metformin (Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Fortamet, Riomet) is a prescription drug used for treating type II diabetes in adults and children.Cutting a 500 mg Metformin pill in 1/2 Type 2 Diabetes Cutting a 500 mg Metformin pill in 1/2. as long as its not the XR metformin, I can 39;t imagine it causing a problem. We cut the 500 in half.Kaufen Glucophage Xr Online Besten Preis ApothekeGlucophage Xr kaufen paypal bezahlen. Xr 1000 mg can a metformin pill be cut in half metformin Continue reading >>

Cutting A Pill In Half

Cutting A Pill In Half

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community My gliclazide pill is 80mg (tiny). I have been taking it with Metformin (850mg 3x per- day ) the last one before going to sleep -and other drugs for 5 years. The bottle says take one gliclazide per day, but I think that is not as good as halving it -- one half for lunch and one half before supper. That way I avoid hypoglycemia-- 3.8 and lower, , which in my experience is the worst complication making me very sick in comparison to hyperglycemia rarely of say 11 at most. My average numbers have been very good (6-7) and my doctors is very pleased. I have not looked up the half-life of gliclazide in case that makes any difference. You think Gliclazide 80mg is small, I used to half Gliclazide 40mg tabs. 40 mg does exist, called Zircron if you want to ask GP to give you that! My gliclazide pill is 80mg (tiny). I have been taking it with Metformin (850mg 3x per- day ) the last one before going to sleep -and other drugs for 5 years. The bottle says take one gliclazide per day, but I think that is not as good as halving it -- one half for lunch and one half before supper. That way I avoid hypoglycemia-- 3.8 and lower, , which in my experience is the worst complication making me very sick in comparison to hyperglycemia rarely of say 11 at most. My average numbers have been very good (6-7) and my doctors is very pleased. I have not looked up the half-life of gliclazide in case that makes any difference. Perhaps have a word with your GP to see if the tablet comes in 40mg tablets, this would solve the problem. If not then you can get a pill cutter which will do the job for you. Fergus, thank you very much for the information about the gliclazide dose. It is possib Continue reading >>

Problem Taking Metformin Tablets

Problem Taking Metformin Tablets

OK not sure what I did wrong. I wrote my reasons for joining the forrum amd it told me I had not filled in the details so I entered 'problem taking tablets' and this isall it sent. So I will write again my question. I am 29 and 2 years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS about a year later they put me on Metformin, 2 tabletsin the morning 2 in the evening. Problem is that when I was young I had an issue with a tablet that has 'mentally scared me' as they say, and since then I can only do small tablets and mostly with shiny coatings on but not the size of the metformin ones. I have spoken to my GP and be sugested crushing and putting them in things like moose, jam etc. However my brain still says this is a tablet. Insidentally I also wanted to know the validity of crushing the tablets as the web seems to say no? I found out later that there is a liquid form of metformin (by all acounts it seems it tastes terible) but my GP wont prescribe it as it is so expensive and I dont have a swallowing issue as I can eat food with no problem. I am getting depressed by all this and have sort of given up on being able to solve this. Today I decided no there must be more help out there so I am asking. Has anyone else suffered from this? what have others done? If I go on a serious weight loss does this remove the need for metformin or do I need the tablets to fixthis condition? Have others got the liquid? do they do patches etc. Continue reading >>

Can You Cut Or Split Metformin (immediate Release) In Half?

Can You Cut Or Split Metformin (immediate Release) In Half?

Can You Cut Or Split Metformin (Immediate Release) In Half? Can You Cut Or Split Metformin (Immediate Release) In Half? Can You Cut Or Split Metformin (Immediate Release) In Half? In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses whether or not metformin (immediate release) can be cut in half. Can Metformin 500mg immediate release pills be cut in half? This is not the extended release pill. Yes, the immediate release metformin 500mg (and other strengths) can be cut in half without negatively affecting the medication. Cutting medications is often necessary for patients who have difficulty swallowing large tablets or need to take 'half' doses. If this is necessary, it is certainly OK and safe to cut your metformin tablets. Most manufactures of metformin tablets do not make the tablet with a 'score' mark (indentation in the middle of the tablet) unfortunately, making it sometimes difficult to successfully cut precisely in half. Due to this, a pill cutter is recommended versus using a knife as designed pill cutters will provide the cleanest cut. It is important that you take both halves of the medication as soon as possible and not store cut tablets for extended periods of time. Although metformin can be cut as mentioned above, split tablets no longer have a protective outer coating that most intact tablets have. This could make them more susceptible to moisture. Be sure to use split tablets as soon as you can and store the unused half in a moisture resistant container. Metformin 500 mg is produced by a variety of manufactures including: Continue reading >>

Metformin, Oral Tablet

Metformin, Oral Tablet

Metformin oral tablet is available as both a generic and brand-name drug. Brand names: Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, and Glumetza. Metformin is also available as an oral solution but only in the brand-name drug Riomet. Metformin is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. FDA warning: Lactic acidosis warning This drug has a Black Box Warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A black box warning alerts doctors and patients to potentially dangerous effects. Lactic acidosis is a rare but serious side effect of this drug. In this condition, lactic acid builds up in your blood. This is a medical emergency that requires treatment in the hospital. Lactic acidosis is fatal in about half of people who develop it. You should stop taking this drug and call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room if you have signs of lactic acidosis. Symptoms include tiredness, weakness, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, unusual sleepiness, stomach pains, nausea (or vomiting), dizziness (or lightheadedness), and slow or irregular heart rate. Alcohol use warning: You shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking this drug. Alcohol can affect your blood sugar levels unpredictably and increase your risk of lactic acidosis. Kidney problems warning: If you have moderate to severe kidney problems, you have a higher risk of lactic acidosis. You shouldn’t take this drug. Liver problems warning: Liver disease is a risk factor for lactic acidosis. You shouldn’t take this drug if you have liver problems. Metformin oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand name drugs Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, and Glumetza. Glucophage is an immediate-release tablet. All of the other brands are extended-r Continue reading >>

Can Metformin Be Cut?

Can Metformin Be Cut?

I have seen a variety of opposite answers for this on a google search. I have metformin tablets 500mg. I do not believe that they are extended release as the doctor did not write the prescription that way. I would like to split one in half to take half at lunch and half at dinner times. Can these be cut? I think you can cut them if they are not the extended version. The extended version should say EX on the prescription bottle. Why do you want to cut them? If taking it once a day doesn't seem to work you may want to ask doctor to increase your dose. It took me 3 changes before it gave me the numbers I wanted. I now take it 3 times a day. I have seen a variety of opposite answers for this on a google search. I have metformin tablets 500mg. I do not believe that they are extended release as the doctor did not write the prescription that way. I would like to split one in half to take half at lunch and half at dinner times. Can these be cut? There's nothing to stop you from cutting them in half, however Metformins action is such that taking one 500mg pill per day has the same effect as cutting it in half and taking both halfs in the same day. Metformin takes some time to build up in the body to have an effect and depending on your specific needs the doctor may be increasing the dosage in the future. I do ask tho, why the desire to split the dose? 500 mg did nothing for me. I now take 2550 mg. My doctor told me the same thing that it is the total amount you take a day. I asked to be switched to the ER version because I heard the delivery may be better but he said the max for the extended would be 2000 and I take 2550 so it would be a reduction in dose. So I didn't switch. The extended release version CANNOT be cut. MEDS... 1000 mg ER met, 2000IU vitamin D3, multi vitamins, Continue reading >>

Diabetes Drugs: Metformin

Diabetes Drugs: Metformin

Editor’s Note: This is the second post in our miniseries about diabetes drugs. Tune in on August 21 for the next installment. Metformin (brand names Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Riomet, Fortamet, Glumetza) is a member of a class of medicines known as biguanides. This type of medicine was first introduced into clinical practice in the 1950’s with a drug called phenformin. Unfortunately, phenformin was found to be associated with lactic acidosis, a serious and often fatal condition, and was removed from the U.S. market in 1977. This situation most likely slowed the approval of metformin, which was not used in the U.S. until 1995. (By comparison, metformin has been used in Europe since the 1960’s.) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required large safety studies of metformin, the results of which demonstrated that the development of lactic acidosis as a result of metformin therapy is very rare. (A finding that has been confirmed in many other clinical trials to date.) Of note, the FDA officer involved in removing phenformin from the market recently wrote an article highlighting the safety of metformin. Metformin works primarily by decreasing the amount of glucose made by the liver. It does this by activating a protein known as AMP-activated protein kinase, or AMPK. This protein acts much like an “energy sensor,” setting off cellular activities that result in glucose storage, enhanced entry of glucose into cells, and decreased creation of fatty acids and cholesterol. A secondary effect of the enhanced entry of glucose into cells is improved glucose uptake and increased storage of glycogen (a form of glucose) by the muscles. Additionally, the decrease in fatty acid levels brought about by metformin may indirectly improve insulin resistance and beta cell func Continue reading >>

Splitting Diabetic Medicine Is It Ok | Diabetic Connect

Splitting Diabetic Medicine Is It Ok | Diabetic Connect

no way a good idea .i take metforin my instructions say not to cut crush orchew these pills.not if you get sick but i say they would'nt work as well. If you google Juvaderm it talks about wrinkles. She may be taking Januvia or Janumet . Janumet has metformin in it. and yes you can split Januvia with no side effects For my self, I had taken Metformin on a Wednesday evening, and by the next morning I was so sick, nauseated, my stomach was having sharp pains, I was feeling dizzy, head-aching, and I couldn't function, so I called my doctor who happen to be out of town, but I wouldn't let the nurse get off the phone till she told me she would call the doctor. By afternoon, the doctor changed my script to Onglyza and I haven't had any problems since. And I have known that I am diabetic for one month now. So I have a lot to learn still. So I can relate with your mom on Metformin. I have been on Metformin 500 for quite a while, have never had any side effects from it. However, when my numbers still needed to come down, my dr. told me to take 2 of them twice a day. (I had been taking one twice a day). That was way too much, my heart was racing and I felt awful til it wore off. When I told him that it dropped my blood sugar too low, he said I would have to adjust it til I found the right dosage that helped my blood sugar levels, but was also not too much at the same time, and if I needed to split one in half, that was ok. But still check with your mom's dr. Since she has Alzheimer's also, she may on other meds that may interfere with her diabetes meds. She is lucky to have you to help care for her, that is a heavy load to carry. God bless you I was put on glipizide this week because I'm allergic to metformin. The first time I took it I took a full pill and it dropped me to fast Continue reading >>

Good Neighbor Rx Blog - Good Neighbor Rx - Save Up To 90% At The Pharmacy!

Good Neighbor Rx Blog - Good Neighbor Rx - Save Up To 90% At The Pharmacy!

Pill splitting can be an easy way to save money. For certain medications you may be able to essentially buy two doses of medicine for the price of one. Research shows that a wide variety of drugs can be split safely, as long as its done carefully. Knowing the best pill splitting practices can help maximize your savings. How to build the best pill cutter strategy for you. ALWAYS discuss pill cutting with your doctor or pharmacist, before starting. It is best to use a pill cutter, like the ones found here , to split your pills dosage. Common pill cutting practice is to divide them in half, instead of quarters. Talk to your physician though, because you may be able to cut the medication into quarters. It is best to use a pill cutter, instead of a kitchen knife, so you can get a more precise cut and avoid the dangers of free hand cutting. What type of savings are we talking about? Let's use a 30-day prescription of 40mg Lipitor. The first thing you will want to do is make sure you are getting the generic version, which is calledAtorvastatin Calcium. By simply switching to the generic, you can save a significant amount of money. In this example,you go from paying $256.90 for Lipitor to $9.51 for a 30-day supply of 40mg Atorvastatin. Thats a savings of $2,968.68 a year! Many people know you should always fill the generic first though. So lets take the savings a step further. If a doctor has cleared you for getting the medications higher dose, then you can start cutting pills to save money.(Find the best price for you prescriptions using the Good Neighbor Rx mobile app. Simply click the link below!) Continue reading >>

Cutting A 500 Mg Metformin Pill In 1/2

Cutting A 500 Mg Metformin Pill In 1/2

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. As some of you know my mom was having problems taking 500 mg tablets of Metformin. She is taking reg Met, not the extended version. At one point, about the a week ago, we decided to cut the pill in 1/2 and give her the first half with dinner and the second 1/2 one hour later. At night she woke up and told my sister that she was getting itchy all over. Usually, when you get itchy you are having an alergic reaction, usually a mild one. I didn't ask my sister but, I don't think mom was getting any blisters/pimples. I'm allergic to penicilen so I know the symtoms of an allergic reaction. I don't think my mom was having an allergic reaction(she has been on Met for 1 1/2 yrs), but the itching did concern me and it still puzzles me. This was a week ago and I remember my sister calling me about 1am in the morning, my sister said mom was getting some itching comming up from her legs and on her arms. I told her to give her some water and keep on eye on her breathing. If she couldn't breath call 911. .... 911 was not necessary. As you all know, or most who having been following my mom's story we got her handle the 500 mg pills whole by taking water with her meals. We don't dare break the pill in half anymore. Is it safe to cut a Reg. (not the extended version) Metformin pill in half and split the dosage in 1-2 hour intervals with meals? What do you guys attribute the itching to? What do you guys attribute the itching to? When DX, my doctor put me on 250MG's twice a day. We cut the 500 in half. I usally take it with meals in the morning and at night. The dosage worked very well for me getting my reading Continue reading >>

Can You Cut Oxycodone In Half

Can You Cut Oxycodone In Half

When It 39;s Safe to Split Pills - Consumer Reports This practice can save money, but make sure you choose the right ones At home, you cut the pills in half and take one half each day, ending up with two doses for the price of one. But deep discounts For example, the pain medicine oxycodone (OxyContin) is released over time in the body. If you split it, nbsp; Tablet Splitting Only If You Half To - NCBI - NIH . Initially, the patient had been taking a 20-mg tablet twice daily. When the physician lowered the dose to 10 mg twice daily, the new prescription was filled. The patient then cut the leftover 20-mg tablets in half and put them in the same nbsp; Can you cut a 30mg blue oxycodone in half? - - Answer: If it is not the extended release oxycodone (oxycontin), then yes, you can Splitting Pills May Have Risks - WebMD Pill splitting, a common practice among many people who are looking to cut medication costs or dosages, is risky business, according to a study. Some pills can 39;t be split 50-50 and there can be a narrow margin between a dose that can help you and one that can hurt you, the researchers report. Pill splitting: which ones are safe to divide? Heart Sisters You can ask your pharmacist to cut pills in half for you. If your doctor has prescribed half tablets, your pharmacy may split the pills for you. ezetemibe/simvastatin (Vytorin), ; irbesartan/hydrochlorothiazide (Avalide); oxycodone/acetaminophen (Percocet, and others); sitagliptin/metformin (Janumet). Can you cut OxyContin in half? Analgesics (Pain Killers , pain reliever. The funny thing is, doctor told me to cut it in half? Can you cut nbsp; (opioids) Oxy OP 30 Question? - Bluelight OP 30 and I have never taken one before. Though I For a non-tolerant user, I 39;d say cut in half and take half (15mg time Continue reading >>

If A Tablet Is Scored Can You Cut It In Half For The Dose

If A Tablet Is Scored Can You Cut It In Half For The Dose

If A Tablet Is Scored Can You Cut It In Half For The Dose I have some Metformin Hcl 1000mg tablets. My dose has been reduced to 500 mg. Is it safe to cut the 1000mg ones in half? It is safe, as long as you weren't taking a time released formulation. This would be denoted on your prescription label by an abbreviation such as ER, XR or SR. There will usually also be a warning on them from the pharmacy that says do not crush or chew, swallow tablet whole. Metformin is an oral antidiabetic medication and may cause side effects, such as: nausea , headache, hypoglycemia and flatulence. I have a question. I split my metformin er in two and took it because I didn't know I wasn't supposed to. Will I be okay? Becky, it could result in your getting too much of the medication, at once. You need to monitor your blood sugar closely for the rest of the day, to make sure it doesn't drop dangerously low. Watch for any symptoms of it, like dizziness, shakiness and extreme drowsiness. Make sure you eat regularly to try to prevent it from happening and if you start to feel the symptoms of it dropping, get some sugars into you and seek medical attention. Oblong White Tablet, scored for half doses, L one end E on other Scored for half doses, L and E on opposite ends of the score. Other side of pill has nothing?... can you cut a hydracodon 7 5 325 tab in half if it is not scored I really need to know if I can cut in half the mallinckrodt 7.5 325 hydrocodin. I usually get the scored qualitest 7.5 3... 4replies ambroxol tablet 30 mg could I cut it in half and 4 months daughter my doctor gave it to me before but here in Canada they will not Could I give half of 30 mg ambroxol to my daughter? My doctor didn't recommend it but as a parent I want my daughter... 1reply pink tablet scored with s on Continue reading >>

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