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Diabetes Medication Metformin: Why Patients Stop Taking It

Gretchen Becker, author of The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed , has been taking metformin for more than 20 years after receiving a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in 1996. I never had any problems with metformin until I took a pill that I thought was the extended-release version, but it wasnt, Becker told Healthline. Beckers doctor had accidentally prescribed the regular form of metformin. I had very loose bowels for several months until I figured out what the problem was, Becker said. After getting the proper prescription, it took several months for Beckers digestive system to recover. Corinna Cornejo, who received a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in 2009, told Healthline that her digestive woes didnt start until shed been taking metformin for more than a year. At first, I thought it was a response to dairy, but my doctor eventually switched my prescription to the extended-release version, Cornejo recalled. That has helped, but the side effect has not gone away completely. For some people, however, metformins unpleasant side effect of loose stools provides a much-needed balance to the side effects that can result from other diabetes drugs theyr Continue reading >>

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  1. foodie

    Dr won't prescribe Metformin

    I just got in from an appointment this morning with my doctor. I had asked for a prescription for Metformin, but she said she wouldn't prescribe until my A1c is 7 or above.
    I have tried my best to eat low carb but after 6 months, it is becoming more and more difficult. Still in that time, I have lost 27 pounds. Even with that weight loss and exercise, 15 grams of carbs at a meal sends my bg level to 150. She said that is normal and she considers that pre-diabetes.
    I'll have today's lab results back next week. If my A1c isn't up, I won't get the Metformin. Is she right?

  2. jwags

    Welcome to DD. Congratulations on the weight loss. You must be doing something right. Is that 150, 2 hrs after meals. I find that when I was first diagnosed I had to increase my protein. My best numbers come aftter I eat eggs and bacon or sausage or a BLT on sprouted bread. My morning numbers are still high ( 115 -150) I'm on 850 metformin 2 x day. The metformin makes the liver produce less glucose, sometimes. But I find I still get bg spikes throughout the day and when I don't eat enough. One thing I have found out about diabetes is nothing is ever the same. What works one day, does not work the next. Stress also causes bg to spike. In my case when I exercise my bg will jump 60 or 70 points. So its about balance. I don't have any problems with metformin but many people have stomach cramps .

  3. foodie

    The 150 is 2 hours after a meal. I just need to add that I am definitely diabetic, not pre-diabetic as my doctor said this morning. I want the Metformin because I want a dang bowl of pinto beans sometimes. Is that too much to ask?

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