Medication Side Effects

By ilash Latest Reply 2011-12-09 12:58:49 -0600
Started 2011-11-27 06:17:52 -0600

I have, for the third time, increased my dosage of Metformin. I am so sick…body aches like a chemo patient and non-stop vomitting. I finally got used to the 500 mg…now on 1000 mg…still have to increase to 1500 mg. Also on shots…but finally ajusted to this. Can anyone else relate to the side effects of the metformin and how did you handle it?

5 replies

lifedriver 2011-12-09 12:58:49 -0600 Report

Yes when you find a suitable answer PLS post it. I hear of the body aches assoiciated with Meformin and perhaps I even experience them myself…Good POST…LIVE

hillwalker 2011-12-08 20:13:48 -0600 Report

from what i've seen try to take it when you eat and try to get the extended release
metformin er the diabetic educator recommended that to help

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-27 23:35:56 -0600 Report

I cannot, but just wanted to say, Hang in there. I hope someone is able to give you some good advice. Take care. Blessings, Mickey

MEGriff1950 2011-11-27 12:27:57 -0600 Report

Ilash, until I learned how to control my blood sugars with a menu plan designed for my by a dietician my medications were constantly being increased by my dr. I thought I knew how to eat but I was wrong. It is so viatally important to eat 3 meals and count your carbohydrates. Keeping a journal of what your eat, how much and when will help you and your dr to determine what is going wrong for you. Also keep all of your BG's in this journal and when. Do not lie on this journal, it is your health and life at stake.
You may not be feeling well because your blood sugars are out of control.

Kirla 2011-11-27 07:39:15 -0600 Report

This is what I post for people having trouble controlling their blood sugar. This is what I did and it helped me a lot. It may or may not help you but I believe that drinking the water, eating the vegetables and reducing or eliminating high carb starchy foods will help most people. I even was able to quit the meds and haven’t needed them for over 2 ½ years now.

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 test 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

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