can I stop the metformin

By carmanwife Latest Reply 2012-03-25 05:58:39 -0500
Started 2012-03-22 18:27:40 -0500

I was diagnosed 8 mos ago..and have had a hard time believing that I really do have diabetes..but I am doing what I am suppose to.
Went to my nutritionist..and learned how to count carbs a month my blood sugars have been really is the question, since they are good, can I stop taking my metformin that I take 3 times a day. Or is this the denial still acting up…I am really not sure.
My first A1C was 9 in July, and 7 3 months ago..Does the diabetes go away????

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JSJB 2012-03-25 05:58:39 -0500 Report

From what I have read, diabetes does not go away or get cured. YOU are the one that has to take control of the condition to stay healthy. You might think that a low bg or a1c is good enough to do away with the meds but it is best to consult with your doctor. I am on met and glipizide. 2 month ago my doctor said with my numbers he is going to take me off glipizide. I am working hard to control the numbers and eventually will be off met. Good Luck Stay Healthy

Kirla 2012-03-24 23:14:27 -0500 Report

When diagnosed my A1C was 14.1 and fasting blood sugar was 366. I changed what and how I ate and was able to quit all meds. My A1C went to 5.9 in about 4 months. Only took meds for about 7 weeks. Have been able to control my blood sugar for the last 3 years without meds. All my A1C’s have remained at or less than 6 for 3 years now. My lowest was 5.2. It can be done. Have read about people doing it for over 10 years and doing great. Just have to cut the starchy carbs and eat right is all.

Good luck

suziesgirl 2012-03-24 22:59:00 -0500 Report

From what my doctor say's no. But can you eventually not have to take meds., I believe so. Try reading Diabetes without drugs. She will tell you most everything you want to know about this disease. Your A1C has gone down in only 3 months, is it the meds or the way you are eating? This book may help you find out. There are a few doctors that say there is a cure, but a cure could only mean on paper you are cured, continue on to eat what you ate before and I believe it will result in taking meds again. If your A1C was 9, you are a diabetic, but sometimes underlying illnesses can imatate diabetes, like a thyroid condition or taking statin drugs. I am sure you will learn alot from this book. P.S. I get no money from promoting this book, I am just so glad that I stumbled on it. I believe the less drugs in our bodies the better. So even cutting down on meds is an accomplishment. It took me 2 years to go from 10.4 to 5.5 and I was at 5.9 after the first 3 months. Boy did I cut the carbs. No more than 20 per meal. I learned alot and it was a journey for me. I hope you continue to do well, and hope that someday you can take less or maybe no meds.

MAYS 2012-03-23 15:37:01 -0500 Report

Talk to your doctor about it first.

If you choose to not do so, monitor your blood sugar for a period of time, say 2-3 weeks without the metformin, document what you are eating, and doing such as exercising and compare your new numbers with your previous numbers.

If all is well and it's working in your favor, by all means do it, by take this up with your medical team, better to be safe, than sorry!

And "no" diabetes doesn't go away, your numbers can get better, "Once a Diabetic, Always a Diabetic."

Bamberg 2012-03-23 02:02:00 -0500 Report

I think it depends on the individual and, also, on how severe the diabetes is. I took myself off Metformin about 3 months ago against medical advice. I was taking it once a day and I could tell by the way the VA doctors were talking that they dealt mostly with people who were unwilling to make the necessary lifestyle changes. My last A1c was5.8. I hope my next one will be even better.

Nick1962 2012-03-23 09:22:03 -0500 Report

I'll echo that sentiment, I went off Met after briefly starting it when my A1c got down to 6, but the doctor saw I was actively working on it. Had I been on the fence about it, probably not. Diagnosed only 8 months though, you're still on honeymoon, so it may take a bit of dealing with your doctor to consider taking you off completely. It's certainly worth a second opinion at the least.

jayabee52 2012-03-22 20:40:34 -0500 Report

Howdy Carmanwife!

It MAY be possible to get off your met.

I had been on Met for about 11 yrs when my Kidneys shut down due to an infection and I needed to go on dialysis. My Met was discontiued ("D/C'd")in the hospital and I was put on insulin. Fortunately my kidneys started working better again and I was able to D/C the dialysis treatments after 10 mos. But I remained on insulin. Fast forward to Jan 2011, and I dropped my last insulin vial and it smashed on the floor. There was a couple of days wait to get a replacement vial, and I kept my carbs down during that wait. My Blood Glucose (BG) levels were high normal during that time and that got me thinking about my pancreas and it giving me nearly enough insulin to manage without needle-delivered insulin. I talked to my Dr and told him what I was thinking and he did not try to change my mind about my plan. In Feb 2011 I started an experiment to eat very low carbohydrate and high protein meal plan. The experiment was successful for me. I have written this up as a discussion here ~ you can see there my results I gained in that 1 year experiment.

Needless to say it is no longer an experiment for me. It is now a way of life and I now take no diabetes meds of any kind.

Now I want to caution you that you should not unilaterally D/C your diabetes meds without consulting your Dr. But if your pancreas is putting out enough insulin to support a modified eating plan like mine it may be possible to D/C your Met.

I pray you may be able to do that after taking a look at my discussion, and consulting with your Dr.

Blessings to you and yours, my friend!


alesiafae 2012-03-24 18:09:44 -0500 Report

James, I'm a bit confused. Were you saying that metformin cause your kidneys to shut down?

jayabee52 2012-03-24 18:24:40 -0500 Report

Perhaps I over simplified. I believe the met weakened my kidneys allowing the infection to shut down my kidneys. I know Pharmacist Georrge says that Met is safe see his answer about metformin somewhere in this discussion here ~

But he gets his info from Big Pharma, and they would not admit to something like that if they could not avoid it.

I however have read other places that Met does affect one's kidneys, and can weaken them.

suziesgirl 2012-03-24 20:49:38 -0500 Report

I think dropping that vial of insulin was a God sent. It's amazing how the body can heal itself with the right foods. You have made the right moves and it has worked for you. I think maybe it could work for many type 2's. Takes a lot of determination doesn't it??. When I recieved my 5.5 A1C, I was elated. My next goal is 5 or under. I know I can do it.

jayabee52 2012-03-24 22:34:32 -0500 Report

Sandy, yes it was a "god thing" as My girlfriend Suzy ("SQ") says. I owe a lot to DiabeticConnect because without the information and the loving support I got here, I don't think I could have done it. People like Kirla and Mewella gave me the idea that perhaps I could do it, and until I dropped the vial of insulin I was thinking I might not. But I proved to myself that my pancreas WAS putting out enough insulin to cover a radically modified eating plan.

Not everyone can do it, but perhaps more T2s could if they got motivated. But in my case early in my diagnosis I was really not mentally/emotionally ready to eat like I must to manage my BGs.

Thanks Sandy.

Blessings to you and yours!


Lakeland 2012-03-22 19:52:04 -0500 Report

I'm a little like you, I've had diabetes for a couple of years, but I watch my numbers & walk. there are days I do so good my blood sugar is 80. like you I thought I beat it. but if I go & eat a piece of pie it will be 220. so I test, If I'm 80 even 113, I dont' take my metformin. I want to ask my doctor about this next week. I don't want to drop too low.

My doctor did tell me you can't drop too low, but I don't see why. I have cut my meds back on my own. I know everyone thinks that's dangerous,but I still test throughout the day & we've had great weather here so I'm doing yard work pulling weeds. I'm moving more, not eating as much. so I dont' see why my dose should stay the same.

it won't go away, but I think you have more freedom when your more comfortable on keeping your numbers down


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-22 19:08:30 -0500 Report

My last A1C was 6.5 and I am still on metformin. I only have to take it once a day. Diabetes really doesn't go away. You can get to the point where you are off the metformin but you must still manage your diabetes with diet and exercise.

You should never stop taking a medication without consulting your physician. If I were you, I would ask my doctor if I have to take the met 3x's per day based on your numbers. An A1C of 7.3 is not a good time to stop metformin. Everyone I know who is off of metformin and maintain with diet and exercise was taken off when their A1C was a 5.0

You could also get a second opinion however, if you are diabetic, it is easier once you accept the fact that you have it. Diabetes is no longer a death sentence as long as you take care of yourself and maintain a healthy eating and exercise plan.

carmanwife 2012-03-22 19:11:58 -0500 Report

That was just what I was reading..I am just arguing with myself..and I think trying to prove the Dr is wrong…I know what I am suppose to do, and I am not sure why this is causing me such a problem…
Thank u so much for writing back…you helped a lot
Take care

jigsaw 2012-03-24 19:39:53 -0500 Report

I like your reply ! I have lived 18 years with diabetes and no complications. I feel healthy, and I'm sure, with good info and proper medical care, you can do the same.

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