By rij061258 Latest Reply 2012-01-15 00:44:00 -0600
Started 2012-01-12 23:39:14 -0600

Have a question because dr didn't say anything. What should be my target readings be with taking the met? What is the usual dosage to start and how often do you that take met take it? Trying to figure out if I got started at an appropaite level. A1c is a 6.2 and fasting bg was 139 in Nov but was lower in Dec. I'm getting readings of around 117 fasting and around 135 after eating.

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rij061258 2012-01-13 17:49:29 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby and James. That is with just taking one a day at dinner time. Guess I should find out if he still wants me to add the second dose in. He told me to start with just one at dinner time for a week to get my body use to it, then add the second. So for now only taking 500mg a day. You guys are so great!!!! I know I'm not here that much but you guys always try to help when I have a question. I like my new dr more than my last one even though he is only an intern. At least he doesn't ignore test readings or things that I tell him that is bothering me. Hope you both had a great holiday!!!!!!

Young1s 2012-01-14 09:15:31 -0600 Report

Hello RIJ. I think with numbers like that, you should definitely speak with your doctor first, BEFORE adding the second pill. My doctor started me out on Met in the same manner; 1 500mg/daily for a week, then increase to 2/daily. But for me my numbers were in the high 300's - 400's. Your numbers though, seem to be falling within normal range. If this is what your readings are like throughout the day, taking another Met may bring your BG's to dangerous lows. But I could be mistaken so, like I said, it would be best for you to talk to your doctor about this.

rij061258 2012-01-14 13:11:59 -0600 Report

Thanks Young1s. I think I will. Reading at 6m was 117 but my reading at 11am 105. Only thing I did was got my sleep. My numbers weren't that high to begin with. This is his way to stop them from getting worse. Sorta a preventive treatment.

Young1s 2012-01-14 13:32:29 -0600 Report

Interesting. Typically, my numbers are on an up swing by mid morning. Had you eaten between these times? If so, how long had you eaten before the 11am reading? How high do your BG's get on average; is it over 200?

rij061258 2012-01-14 20:32:22 -0600 Report

Between the 6am and 11am reading I didn't eat anything. I just got more sleep. Since starting the Met the highest reading I have got was 171 that was today after eating some fries with 2 chicken strips. Before Met if I ate fries it would go as high 260 so I tended to stay away from. I went through a 3 month period where my dr had reversed my type 2 diagnoisis so wasn't watching what I ate as closely. He says my levels are not high enough to diagnois me as type 2 but decided to try and get it under control now to avoid problems since I do have other health problems. My average right now I would say is probably about 100 to 110.

Young1s 2012-01-15 00:44:00 -0600 Report

Okay, well that would explain the continued drop between those hours. It sounds like the one pill is doing a decent job for now but if you continue to nosh on foods like that, you may eventually need the second Met. But I'll say it again, it's best to talk to your doctor about this.

Sounds like you finally found a doctor that is willing to listen and work with you, so take full advantage of that. Be sure to bring up anything of concern to him/her. The majority of us don't even set foot in the door without a list of questions to be addressed.

Speaking of lists, I've compiled a list of tips that I pick up from the wonderful people here. It's proved to be very helpful when I first started on this journey. I try to follow them all daily but will admit to slacking off every now and again. The list is far from being all there is to know but it's a steppingstone that you may find useful as well. Keep us posted.

Here's the link to the discussion:

GabbyPA 2012-01-13 01:07:02 -0600 Report

Sounds like your doctor and you are hitting the nail on the head. Those numbers are good and if the Metformin at the dose you are taking is helping, then bravo. There is not a standard, as each of us is so different. You and your doctor are best to work out your dosing.

jayabee52 2012-01-13 00:04:23 -0600 Report

Howdy again Ruth.

117 fasting and 135 after eating is quite good Ruth. The target ranges for any BG lowering medication is in the general range of 70 to 130 fasting and could be 140 to 180 2 hrs after eating. It depends on which organization one consults as the authority on the subject. My preference is to go with the below 140 mark 2 hrs after eating and 80 to 120 for fasting, but there is a wide range of suggestions from other authorities.

When I took met I took it 1000, 2 times a day.

Blessings to you and yours Ruth


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