Why Doctors Are Not Recommending Metformin

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Stopping Metformin: When Is It Ok?

The most common medication worldwide for treating diabetes is metformin (Glumetza, Riomet, Glucophage, Fortamet). It can help control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It’s available in tablet form or a clear liquid you take by mouth before meals. Metformin doesn’t treat the underlying cause of diabetes. It treats the symptoms of diabetes by lowering blood sugar. It also increases the use of glucose in peripheral muscles and the liver. Metformin also helps with other things in addition to improving blood sugar. These include: lowering lipids, resulting in a decrease in blood triglyceride levels decreasing “bad” cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) increasing “good” cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) If you’re taking metformin for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, it may be possible to stop. Instead, you may be able to manage your condition by making certain lifestyle changes, like losing weight and getting more exercise. Read on to learn more about metformin and whether or not it’s possible to stop taking it. However, before you stop taking metformin consult your doctor to ensure this is the right step to take in managing your dia Continue reading >>

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  1. hiandri

    I have been on 15mg of Prednisone since 1 April which is working fine and will drop to 13.5mg on 1 May. My doctor wants me to take Metformin 500mg twice a day, as far as I am aware I am not diabetic but my blood sugar level is higher than she would like. Lokking at the possible side effects of Metformin I notice one is muscle pain and weakness, which raises a concern in regards to my PMR - I would appreciate any comments from members of the forum. John

  2. rockyandzeus

    Hi John,
    If you are being prescribed metformin, it would most likely be based on your bloodwork.
    Do you know what your random blood glucose and A1C levels are, and how long they have been out of whack?
    Perhaps your doctor will allow you to trial by reducing simple sugars and carbohydrates to see if you can bring things under control that way first?
    First find out your numbers and have the doc explain exactly what they mean for you.
    Wishing you well,

  3. hiandri

    Thanks Rockyandzeus for the feedback. John

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