type 2

By diva53d Latest Reply 2012-07-18 20:57:48 -0500
Started 2012-03-29 14:45:24 -0500

Hi all, I am having a problem with my metformin i think. I have been feeling sick and tired since I started taking Metformin 500mg 2x/day. Weak, sick feeling cold, BG's are up and down. more often have gone hypoglycemic 2.6, 4.9 to extreme 10.8 . My diabetes team suggest I should see a n Endo. My fill in Dr. said I am fine. Well I am not fine. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I have made the decision to stop my Metformin for the few days before I see Dr. and see how I feel. Right now Metformin have 2 strikes against it.
Has anyone else had these problems?
Am I heading towards Lactic acidosis?
Comments Please!

43 replies

zaara 2012-07-18 20:57:48 -0500 Report

Metformin is irritating I m using from a week and it's making me feel sick feeling of nuasea stomach pain loose motion loss of appetite and uncomfortable feeling it's worst medicine

hughsbayou 2012-04-23 10:43:51 -0500 Report

I had a terrible time with Metformin, started having pains in my gut and then finally some bad intestinal infections. Like I've never had before. Discovered that diabetics are thiamine deficient and started taking Benfotiamine. Six months later, on a low carb diet, all my blood numbers are back to normal. And no intestinal distress. But I do notice that if vary from my diet my BGs spike so I'm not cured, just under control. It can be done, and cheaply. The docs want to just give you drugs, but diet is very important.

diva53d 2012-04-23 11:31:15 -0500 Report

Wow, Hughabayou, That is how I feel even now since I stopped taking the metformin, still waiting for someone to see me. Endo I see in June, so I must figure out things for myself till then. I am trying to gather all I can from trial and error. I still have the stomach pains, not as bad as they were but still there if you know what I mean. My Dr. is on maternity so I only see interns and that won't take the big step and help. I am left on my own. I am being very careful on watching my BG's and some days are very good then others I am all over the place. Eating whats good and still so frustrating. Everyone here has been great and very supportive, I take what you all say and use it as I can.

A great bunch of people here!

diva53d 2012-04-02 15:59:17 -0500 Report

Update! Saw Dr. today and she is making an appointment with the Endo! Finally!! She said she is not going to put me on any meds till the Edno sees me then they can go from there. So hope I see them soon. Have been very cautious and testing often to make sure #'s are staying level and not crashing. I am keeping the metformin in case of emergency. So for now I feel human again! If any one has hints to get bg's down quick without meds I would appreciate any hints! ;)

Boats@52 2012-04-03 01:23:27 -0500 Report

Drink lots of water but not too Much !

diva53d 2012-04-03 06:54:59 -0500 Report

Thanks Boats! I heard cinnamon too any thoughts on that one?

Boats@52 2012-04-03 12:40:54 -0500 Report

Yes Cinnamon can help you might try some Yacon a peruvian tuber you can find on Amazon the chip not the Syrup not cheap but does help me anyway !
Also on your metformin you need to take it with food less chance of making you sick versus on empty stomach.

cavie2 2012-04-02 15:35:52 -0500 Report

I have been on Metformin 850 mgs 3 times daily for over a year now and it has no affect on me. My doctor did however tell me it should not be taken on an empty stomach, you should have something to eat before hand and not necessarily a meal it only needs to be a few mouthfuls of food just enough to line your stomach and stop it from irritating you. Before I retired a Charge Nurse I worked with was dx with diabetes 2 and put on 500 mgs Metformin once a day in the morning and she was as sick as a dog. But her doctor never mentioned anything to her about eating prior to taking it.

Boats@52 2012-04-02 15:08:49 -0500 Report

Metformin made me feel sick like the flu and i would throw up ! Try a lower dose and see if that helps i quite taking it and started juicing for lunch and have backed off on my insulin as my numbers have come down.

jayabee52 2012-04-02 15:12:29 -0500 Report

I am wondering how juicing is working for you? I've considered it but removing the fiber from the veggie or fruit makes it something I am afraid will spike my
Blood Glucose (BG) numbers.

Boats@52 2012-04-02 15:20:03 -0500 Report

It can spike your bg just do't drink much under 8 ounces and veggie juice is better then fruits for that . Have you seen the movie "Fat Sick And Nearly Dead"
Everyone one here should watch it ! Great info and good place to Start !

annesmith 2012-03-31 01:29:41 -0500 Report

Yes, I cannot take Metformin at all..my pancreas rejected it, and it completely cut off my appetite at the same time. I had lows in the 50s with it then when I spiked up I spiked way way up too high. It also I was told affected my "liver dump"—it cut off my liver dump almost completely. It sounds to me like you might be good on taking it once a day, and maybe less of a dosage..talk to your doctor. It sent me into a bad bad bad comotos state, and it almost killed me. ANNE

diva53d 2012-03-31 07:05:40 -0500 Report

Wow,Anne,Glad you did get off it in time. I have stopped taking it and an keeping a very close eye on my #'s so far I am ok . A little high but not too bad, 2 more days before I see Dr.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-03-29 20:27:51 -0500 Report

The guy who repairs our furnace had the same complaint as yours. I told him to ask his doctor to change him to once a day and see what happens. When I saw him 2 months later he was doing great. His doctor had him on Met once a day and his numbers were back in control.

I have never had that problem. I have been on met 500mg 1x per day since the day I was diagnosed and the only thing it did was give me a headache until my system got used to it.

diva53d 2012-03-30 08:23:28 -0500 Report

Thanks Just Joyce, I trying the once a day , it didn't work. I have been on Met since I think was November. Hope for good new on Monday April 2.!! Fingers crossed!

jigsaw 2012-03-29 19:13:26 -0500 Report

I have been on Met for a few years. It did affect me at hi doses (1000mg 2 times per day) . I cut the dosage in half, and the neg side effects disappeared. I find it helps quite a bit with controlling bg. Drinking alcohol will increase the chances of lactic acidoses, while on Met, but it's really not to common. It does take time to adjust to this med, and some people have a problem with upset stomach. It's known to not cause low bgs unlike many other meds. This is why it is frequently used in conjunction with insulin. I feel strongly about seeing an endocrinologist that specializes in diabetes. I found the care offered to be leaps and bounds beyond that of a few primary care physicians that I also saw.

Nick1962 2012-03-29 18:41:42 -0500 Report

They claim lactic acidosis effects 1 in 1000 on Met. I was that unlucky 1. I personally couldn't make it work and gave up after two months (under doctors supervision if I could compensate with diet adequately). Others have no problem.

annesmith 2012-03-31 01:31:14 -0500 Report

What is lactic acidosis? I could not continue taking it, either, but slow acting insulin my body responded to really really good. ANNE

Nick1962 2012-03-31 09:06:22 -0500 Report

Basically it's when lactic acid builds up in your bloodstream faster than you can get rid of it. It also takes oxygen out of the blood as a result, and makes you weak and nauseus. Usually this occurs with hard exercise, but corrects quickly. Although the mfrs of Met don't say too much about it, everything I've read on LA usually mentions Met as a cause. Again, some see no effect, with me it was severe.

runthe 2012-03-29 18:31:40 -0500 Report

I was taking 500 mgs of metformin twice a day and then 1000 twice a day. I was so sick. The doctors was telling me that I needed to give the metformin chance to work. I did for 6 months. I wrote down everything that was going on with me. My blood glucose was going up and up until my a1c was at 15. The doctors finally took me off of the metformin after I refuse to take it anymore and put me on Insulin and actos. I refused to take the metformin and other drugs was not working for me. Since I have and ulcer and gerd metformin was not for me. I hope that all will work out for you..

diva53d 2012-03-30 08:21:02 -0500 Report

My diabetes ladies suggested to try the 1/2 meds and then up it till i was back to the prescribed dosage, i did that and it still made me sick. I see Dr. on Monday. For now I have stopped the meds and am keeping a close eye on bg's testing frequently. I actually feel a bit better today being off them. #'s are okay so far. I am being very cautious and careful. Perhaps some thing else will do better or maybe no meds and just diet. I can always hope!

diva53d 2012-03-29 16:03:00 -0500 Report

Thanks Both red flower lady and Chas2314, I will do what you have both suggested. I have been writing down my bg #'s along with how I have been feeling at the time. So far today I am not feeling too bad. still a bit sickish. Will see what tomorrow brings. I will look up a few other meds for type 2 and perhaps I may not need any… I wish! lol Here's hoping!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-29 15:34:42 -0500 Report

There are other medicine's for type 2 diabetes, talk to your dr and come up with a new plan. Write down all the problems you are having with the current drug and tak it with you, I would also look up alternative drugs and check out side effects, etc.., so you will have a better understanding of the new drugs he wants to use and be able to decide on one:)

I'm sorry this is all I can come up with, I've always been an insulin dependent diabetic from early age, so don't know how the pills work. From reading other member's post it seems like this is normal for that medicine? I would urge you to see an endo as well as this is their area of study. A good health care team is very important.

Good luck, as I'm sure you'll find the right medicine for you, it can just take a little trial and error:(

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