Sickness and Metformin

By Grainboy1 Latest Reply 2018-04-20 13:08:32 -0500
Started 2011-09-17 08:42:52 -0500

I got sick 2 weeks ago throwing up for 3 days,stomac was quizy couple days after. Ifeel realy good now but i haven"t taken my metformin since i got sick.My bg has been morning in the 90s befor supper in the low 70s 2to3 hours after i eat has jumped around 95 to 117 is this good or bad and should i resume taking my metformin?????

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Grainboy1 2018-04-20 13:08:32 -0500 Report

That is good numbers I would not take metformin our doctors around here will not prescribe metformin anymore because of the complications I would stay away from it till those numbers go bad and then I would talk to the doctor and tell him about the problems you are having with metformin there are other meds out there that work just as good but without the side effects

drloiselle 2018-04-20 03:26:13 -0500 Report

yes, get off the metformin, I switched to Berberine in place. I get better numbers anyway. it is available on

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 12:08:37 -0500 Report

I found this on a site and might help.
Metformin (
Glucophage®) is a prescription diabetes medication. It is used for controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

Many people may wonder, "How does it work?" Metformin belongs to a class of drugs known as biguanide medications and works in several ways. The medicine reduces the amount of sugar made by the liver, limits the amount of sugar absorbed into the body from the diet, and makes insulin receptors more sensitive (helping the body respond better to its own insulin). All of these effects cause a decrease in blood sugar levels.Since metformin does not increase the amount of insulin produced by the body, it is less likely to cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), as many other diabetes medications can do. At

sheriden 2011-09-20 03:32:52 -0500 Report


redcamel 2011-09-19 19:10:37 -0500 Report

Metformin helps with insulin resistant cells. That is why you are taking it. Usually you get problems with taking to high a dose. There is a limit on how much you can take in a day 3000 mg I believe. Depending on how long you have had Diabetes the doctor can increase the dose or even reduce it. I am on 2000 mg a day with Januvia and Actos with no problems. Sounds like you are taking it without food. Please give us more info how long you have been a Diabetic dosage and a few days of BS readings. There are other meds that might not bother you as well.

Grainboy1 2011-09-19 20:46:42 -0500 Report


Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-09-17 22:00:08 -0500 Report

My Dr would be ecstatic with numbers like that!That is exactly the target area I am working for, except the 70's, that's too low for me. Check in with your Dr and I hope you stay feeling good.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-17 13:46:51 -0500 Report

There have been a lot of posts that have included reactions to Metformin. Try typing that into the discussion search area and you may find some answers. Some questions to consider. Are you taking it once or twice a day? Are you taking it with food? Have you tried breaking the pill in half and taking the 2nd half about 4 to 6 hours later? Your #'s are real good. If they are your #'s without Metformin, I wonder why your doctor RX'ed it for you. If I could buy those numbers from you, I would. My suspicion is that you had a stomach virus and it had nothing to do with the meds, but I would still like to know why he has you on Metformin with numbers that good.

Grainboy1 2011-09-17 16:03:46 -0500 Report

when doctor put me on it my a1c was 12 my bg was 181 i take 500mg with breakfast and 500mg with supper untill 2 weeks ago when i got sick

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-18 08:40:07 -0500 Report

Wow! Now I see why he out you on it. I don't see why he still has you on it, especially in that high of a dose. I would definitely ask him about eliminating it or at least cutting it back.

Kirla 2011-09-17 11:31:51 -0500 Report

Nobody here can tell you to take or not to take your meds. It’s a decision you need to make yourself. Maybe with or without your doctor’s advice.

I was diagnosed with an A1C of 14.1 and fasting blood sugar of 366. I was told by 2 doctors and a pharmacist it was not possible to control my blood sugar without meds. I was told I would need to take them for the rest of my life.

Well 7 weeks after taking my meds everyday and putting up with the side effects I could no longer live with the side effects. When the back of my legs got so sore I could hardly sit, I had a decision to make. I decided to stop the meds and see what happens. Well the pain in my legs went away and my blood sugar got better and better week after week.

Four months later my A1C was 5.9 and has been doing great ever since. Been 2½ years now. I believe I made the right decision. If I ever lose control of my blood sugar, I have made the decision to go on insulin. What you do is up to you.

Having diabetes and not taking any meds or insulin, I had to make a lot of choices of what I can and cannot eat. I decided based on what I read and by testing before and after each meal that certain foods were not good for me to eat. I haven’t had a piece of bread or anything made of flour for more than 2 years now. No pasta or potatoes of any kind. I have found as long as I drink my 8-10 glasses of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables my blood sugar stays pretty good. Sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds and peanuts I have found do not spike my blood sugar and I eat chicken, beef and pork is small amounts doesn’t affect my cholesterol as long as I keep the saturated fat below 10% of my total calories. Life is good.

Your numbers don’t look too bad. It’s hard to say for sure because I have no idea when and how you test. 90 in the morning isn’t to bad and in the 70’s before supper is good. Being at 95-117 2 to 3 hours after supper, I don’t know if that’s good or not. I used to test 2 hours after eating and read somewhere that testing your peaks is better to help with blood sugar control. I read somewhere that most people will peak about 1 hour after eating. But it may be different for different foods and for the same food at different times of the day. Certain foods my spike you in the morning and be ok for lunch or supper.

By doing a lot of testing I found that in the morning I peak about 1¼ hours after drinking my protein drink. After lunch I peak at about 25 minutes and after supper about 1 hour. To find when you peak you just start testing about 20-30 minutes after eating and then every 10-15 minutes until you see a drop in your blood sugar. By testing a few times around your estimate peak time you can narrow it down to a time when you come close to peaking.

This is what I post for new people or people looking for help. Its what has helped me. Maybe some of it will help you and then again it may not. I just believe that by drinking plenty of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables and basically following a low carb diet will help most people. Cutting back or eliminating high carb starchy foods is what helped me a lot.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

stormz 2011-09-22 11:51:15 -0500 Report

Good Luck…It is hard work keeping your blood sugars at a good level and eating the right foods all the time. I know for me I didn't have a choice but to take the medicine at first. I'm sure now I could probably stop but I'm just not going to chance it, it has been working for me for over 10 years now. I do diet and watch what I eat. In fact I recently lost over 60 pounds. No small feat. It was not easy after being laid up for over 4 months you do put on weight. I am happy though that it worked for you. I would keep an eye on your blood sugar, you never know when it will spike again. I come from a family that has had diabetics in every generation, so I know it can come back. But cheers to you for being able to take out all of the sugar bread starch and other foods that give us diabetes. I am Proud of you.

Grainboy1 2011-09-17 16:06:33 -0500 Report

i have done as you have changed my diet,the foods i eat and the way i cook

elaine1155 2011-09-18 09:45:20 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed in May 2011 I was in so much pain I felt like my body was giving up own me. I was crapping in my muscles I was dizzy, could never get enough water and the trip to the bathroom every hour. My eyes were not focusing and I just kept eating. OMG.
The lower part and the back of my legs get so sore I could hardly walk are even drive my car. Plus the pain in my shoulder makes it hard for me to do any strength exercises. I’m taking celebrex for my arthritis and tramadol for pain and sometimes they don’t seem to work. Janumet for my blood sugar, Benicar hct for high blood spiriva for copd and to top it off ventolin inhaler. And my husband wanted to know why I had change from the time I left the house and came back home from the Doctor’s office. And all she said was take this medicine, exercise and go on a diet oh yeah and wear an ID bracelet.

After reading your post I have learn more about testing my blood sugar, peaks and spikes,
Difference of foods and the same food at different times of the day. eliminating high carb starchy foods, By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also. And My number this morning is fasting 150, 122 two hours later after taking my oral med.. When I return too the doctor I will get my A1C number so that I can keep track of it.

I would like to thank you for this post.

Grainboy1 2011-09-18 21:33:31 -0500 Report

My doc told me to eat more tomatoes,cantalope,and papayes for my muscle soreness and cramps they are high in potassium. Bananas are also high in potassium but are really high in sugar.

elaine1155 2011-09-19 18:47:54 -0500 Report

Thanks for that advise. While I was out today I buy some tomatoes,& cantalope, but I could not find papayes will keep looking, but will work with these too. Thanks again.

stormz 2011-09-18 10:57:45 -0500 Report

Just one small question you mentioned you were having stomach pains from all the medications did your doctor give you anything for this? If not you might want to ask him/her for some Premethazine also known as Phenaghren it works to settle down your stomach from medication. I have to use it from taken too many medications myself. It works great! If your not already taken it I would ask my doctor about it. Sounds like you could benefit from it greatly.

stormz 2011-09-18 10:58:29 -0500 Report

o btw let me know if you decide to get some of that and how it works out for you. Thanks.

stormz 2011-09-22 11:41:45 -0500 Report

great I am glad to hear that. most people don't know that there is something out there to help with your stomach problems from medication. Specially when we take a lot of it. It should also be covered by your insurance if not it does not cost much it is one of those cheap ones. Hope it works out for you. Do let know how it went! Good Luck!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-17 11:28:00 -0500 Report

I very much agree with what Sonya said. Your BG is within the range set by the American Daibetics Associsation. Were your numbers like this before the Meformin? Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes? From all I have read your numbers are in the range of a normal person. Are you taking any other diabetic medications?

Grainboy1 2011-09-17 15:38:46 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed july 15 2011 had sugar in my urin and my a1c was 12 and my bg was 181 doctor put me on metformin that day 500mg with breakfast and 500mg at supper so been taking it up untill 2 weeks ago.I could'nt eat much when i was sick and my bg during that time was in the 60s. when i was diagnosed i changed my diet foods low in sugar or no sugar,low in carbs,or no carbs,low in cholesterol or no cholesterol,and no fat,low fat.started eating lots of veggies,fruits,lean meats started grilling and baking food on a rack,cut out just about all fried food.

granniesophie 2011-09-17 10:10:16 -0500 Report

It may have been the Met that caused you to get sick, or you may have had an evil bug that messed with you. However, in any case, you realy, really need to talk to your doctor ASAP about all of this!! If it was indeed the Met-he can put you on something else, and if not-he still needs to know whats going on. Not a good idea to stop all meds for any length of time without doctor's okay. Your numbers look good, but how ooften and when are you testing?
Please talk to your doctor and keep us posted! Take good care of you.

Grainboy1 2011-09-17 15:58:35 -0500 Report

I test morning fasting bg and random time during the day then befor i eat supper and 2 hours after supper

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