Hello everyone.

HeatherHall
By HeatherHall Latest Reply 2011-09-03 12:56:33 -0500
Started 2011-08-24 11:08:32 -0500

This is my first post and I'm more than a bit nervous. My doctor told me yesterday that I am a diabetic. He gave me two medications to take. One is Metformin HCL ER and the other is Onglyza. I've been reading about the side effects of Metformin and I'm really worried about taking it. I've read that there are a lot of people that feel really sick when taking it and I honestly can't stand feeling like that. I know it sounds foolish, but I haven't gotten sick since my 21st birthday, which was a long time ago. =P

I guess I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice. I'm not overweight and I don't eat many sweets or drink sugary sodas. However, I do eat a lot of fruit and both of my parents are diabetic. Maybe I just got the bad genes.


29 replies

Godsfavorite
Godsfavorite 2011-09-03 12:56:33 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to the world of diabetes. I too am newly diagnosed (3 weeks). Additionally my mom was diabetic and I have been put on metformin. I immediately began a walking (I.e.treadmill 30 min. a day) and upped my water intake. So much of diabetes us subjective but I figured that I could not miss with water and walking. Turns out I had very little intolerance of the medication. Hope this helps!

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-08-29 08:14:58 -0500 Report

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AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-08-29 03:58:36 -0500 Report

Since your parents both have Diabetes, do you know the do and don'ts of Diabetes and just want to discuss the Metformin? That's the impression I got from your post. Do you test your BG often? How is it running? How about your Alc? Are you T1 or T2? I gather you've not cut sugar out completely? IMO, we must strive to follow a healthy, balanced meal plan. I've been taking Metformin for ten years and haven't had any adverse side effects from it. It is the only drug I take for Diabetes.

If you run a "Metformin" search, above, you will find a number of other Discussion posts on the subject. There are dozens of responses, both pro and con on the subject.

Marytea
Marytea 2011-08-26 10:14:12 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in May of this year and truthfully had trouble with metformin (tummy upsets) for about 2 weeks. I am fine now. I take 500mg twice a day. Tell your doctor about your symptoms. For me, I just had to hang in there and the symptoms disappeared.

sheriden
sheriden 2011-08-25 23:43:32 -0500 Report

Metformin is the one I think most docs try first. If you get sick and stay sick let your Doc know mine took me off and put on actos and than Onglyza with the two I'm good and not sick, if this stops being enough because of inc I will have to go on the shot so afraid of shots. But than I will be able to go on what he wanted me to go on in the first place. Just remember you are the most important part of your health care team and you will be ok.

onefunblonde57
onefunblonde57 2011-08-25 19:17:09 -0500 Report

HELLO HEATHER…

JUST A NOTE TO SAY HELLO, I HAVE BEEN ON METFORMIN FOR FOUR
MONTHS, 1000 MG. 2 TIMES PER DAY, AND DID NOT GET SICK AT ALL
IN FACT AFTER… ONE WEEK OF TAKING THE MEDICATION, I ACTUALLY
FELT MUCH BETTER. AND AFTER FOUR MONTHS ON METFORMIN I HAVE
LOST NINE POUNDS… I KNOW YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SICK, NO
ONE DOES…BUT IF WE NEED THE MEDICATION,SOMETIMES IT IS WORTH
TAKING A CHANCE…I TAKE FIVE OTHER MEDICATIONS, AS WELL, THAT
HAVE MANY SIDE EFFECTS, BUT THANK GOD… I HAVE EXPERIENCED,
VERY FEW…HOPE THIS HELPS…TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS…

ONEFINBLONDE57

Gwen Morten
Gwen Morten 2011-08-24 22:09:49 -0500 Report

Hi! You are doing right by seeking all the information you can about diabetes! I didn't get alot of info from my doctor in the beginning. I'm sure your family history is playing a big role where your diagnoses is concerned but I wonder what else are you eating? Like are you eating a lot of breads, rice or any other type carbs alot? These carbs turn into sugar. also some fruits can raise sugars too so be careful there too!! Metformin can affect you differently from others but for me I sometimes get nauseous and have diarrhea especially if I miss taking it a few times, if I don't take it with food or take it with enough food. Well Good Luck! for me d2 is a full time job and a struggle sometimes!! Feel free to post on dc WHENEVER you have ANY questions or need to vent!

robertoj
robertoj 2011-08-24 21:27:14 -0500 Report

I guess it's most likely the genes. When it comes to diabetes there are no dumb questions or foolish concerns. I wouldn't worry about the side affects. Take them and try to maintain a regular schedule. Keep track of any changes that occur after taking your meds and document everything. Talk to your doctor if you encounter problems, there are many other medications and every body reacts differently. Don't be nervous; there is a lot of information to digest. You will also learn about things like stress techniques, exercise and food tips. Do not hesitate to ask the DC community anything; it just might be something that is of concern of others.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-08-24 21:01:55 -0500 Report

Dang those genes. Too bad you can't just take them to Goodwill or something. LOL

Seriously, taking the metformin can be tricky for the first couple of weeks, but usually your body adjusts to it and it calms down. Always take with it with food, that will help a lot. I know if I take mine more than 30 minutes before I eat, it causes issues sometimes.

I don't know much about the Onglyza, but am eager to hear how it works for you. Please share that with us since it is so new on the market.

Dixiemom
Dixiemom 2011-08-24 20:17:12 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. You do not need to be nervous. We are a caring group of people who want to help each other. You will find all kinds of advice and examples and personal experience. I am not on any medication yet and I was diagnosed in Feb. I'm still a newbie. Take one day at a time. Don't think of the negative aspects of the meds, just nthe positive. Keep in touch on the site.

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2011-08-24 20:08:05 -0500 Report

I take metformin to . For over 4 yrs., It has never made me sick or funny feeling I am overweight, but I don't eat sweets either, I do fruit, diabeties in my family also. Keep your chin up.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-08-24 16:52:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Heather! WELCOME to Diabetetic Connect!

There's no reason to be nervous. We don't bite —- very hard that is! LoL!

About your fear of Met, you may or may not experience side effects from taking it.
I started out taking it as my first Diabetes med after Dx, and I had no problems with it for a number of years. You are hearing the horror stories from people who have bad reactions to Met. You didn't see the large numberof people who are and continue to use it to manage their BG numbers and have no trouble with it. It is good to be aware of the potential side effects of any medicine so if the side effect shows up you are not surprised, but that doesn't mean you ARE necessarily going to get that side effect.

How are your BG numbers Heather? Have you checked your numbers after you have eaten the fruit?

Blessings to you and yours

James

alanbossman
alanbossman 2011-08-24 15:41:58 -0500 Report

Hello Heather and welcome to DC family I too take metformin 2000mg a day and lantus insulin 15 units a day since I was DX in 2008. Also dibates is known to be passed on from their parents.
Alan

Snappy9r
Snappy9r 2011-08-24 15:34:35 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in May I changed my diet immediately and started taking the meteformin it did did not effect my blood sugar level as quickly or as much as I would have liked. My Doctor then prescribed Glipazoid which helps the pancreas create more insulin. After just two days I was in the Zone! I feel better now then I have in over 2 years. I don't wake up tired anymore and I have more energy then ever. For some diabetics it is not that they eat wrong or don't do this or do that, they just don't make enough insulin or the cells are not reseaptive to it and more is needed. Educate yourself their are magazines and plenty of informational sites. Don't get me wrong nothing is perfect for me bit I am on the right track and you can be too.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-08-24 14:29:03 -0500 Report

I took Metformin for a few months, before I was able to get off of it and it did not bother me at all. Some people do have some tummy troubles, I have read, but some don't. Best to take what your doctor prescribes, and if bothersome side effects come up, they can get you on something else. sorry you are having to go through this. I don't like taking any meds at all, not even OTC unless I absolutely have to. I hope it doesn't bother you at all.

kitkat1955
kitkat1955 2011-08-24 13:59:57 -0500 Report

Hi, Heather! Welcome to DC!! Wanted to assure you that not everyone gets sick on Metformin…I've been taking it since my diagnosis last October and haven't had any problems at all. And I'm usually sensitive to medications. The Onglyza, on the other hand, made me slightly nauseous for about a week (only every other day, though!??!)…then it evened out. My insurance didn't cover Onglyza, though, so I don't take it anymore. I'm managing to keep my glucose numbers in the okay range on just the Metformin alone.

Diabetes is often a result of genetics, so that's probably what got you. My advice is to watch the carbs and test often to see how your body reacts to various carb sources. Everyone is a little different. What sets my blood glucose sky high, might not affect you much at all. So just experiment and see what foods your body does better on.

I remember the shock of the diagnosis…you made a good choice with this site. There's a lot of really knowledgeable and caring folks here that will help you anytime you need it.

Hang in there and let us know how you do…

Tamarah1216
Tamarah1216 2011-08-24 13:58:16 -0500 Report

Hi… I take metformin daily rotating with 500mg to 1000mg… when I started taking it in June I was taking 2000mg and it made me very sick (dizzy, nauseaus, diarhea) so I reduced it down and discussed it with my doctor when I saw her again she added Victoza… Since rotating I don't get the diarhea everyday like I was but I still feel sick alot … I lost weight since starting the VIctoza (7lbs) and 20lbs since being diagnosed with Type2 .. so with those benefits I push thru it. The victoza helps curb the appetite but between the two I still feel sick and nauseaus most days. Not as bad as I did at the very beginning. MY downside to victoza is having to give myself injections in my stomach but it's not as bad as I thought it would be for me. I wish you luck … not everyone has side effects so who knows maybe you will be the lucky one… :-)

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-24 13:26:38 -0500 Report

Hi. I wanted to say welcome to DC! This is a wonder family here with some of the most careing people I've ever met! I'm so happy you can be part of the family! I personally can't take the pills. I tried and my sugar ran 300 to 400 and that's not good so they did not work for me. I now take insulin and that's been a God send for me! It works wonderfully for me and my sugars are close to perfect with the insulin! Many many people take that pill and do wonderfully on it! I just wasn't one of those people.if you are expirencing terriable side effects id speak with my doctor. Usually they subside but if they do not and continue their are other options. They have different pills also.so see how your body reacts to the medication. Many people I know take that pill and are doing wonderfully! You will just have to give it a try and see how your body reacts. If the side effects are to the point that your ill, id discuss my other options with my doctor . Again many people I know have had wonderful results with this pill. So I would see how I personally react to it. I wish you the very best and hope you get a treatment plan that works well for you! Remember everyone is different and people react differently to different medications so see how your body does with this pill then go from there. Good luck to you and God bless! Again welcome to DC :)

byrun
byrun 2011-08-24 11:54:48 -0500 Report

Good morning HeatherHall. I also am taking metformin, 500mg twice/day. When I began the meds I did experience some dizzines but, that was my body adjusting to the changes in my blood sugar levels. Since the BG levels have stabilized I don't notice much, if any side effects. But, I am not combining it with any other meds. It is good to be concerned. I wish you well.

runthe
runthe 2011-08-24 11:32:14 -0500 Report

Hi Heatherhall and welcome to the site. Some peoples that take metformin don't have any effects and some do. I on the other hand could not take it because it made me so sick. Now I am on Insulin and take Actos to control my BS.