Questions About Different Types of Medications

By shnell25 Latest Reply 2013-03-16 22:28:28 -0500
Started 2012-08-26 19:22:37 -0500

Hi everyone; I was wondering if any of you are taking your glucose medication in pill form; if so are you taking the "extended release" or the regular pill. I'm asking because I'm currently taking Janumet 50/500. I take 1-2 pills per day; lately though I've only had to take 1 pill every other day. I ran out of my medication and asked my doctor for a few sample packs; she didn't have the dose that I normally take so she gave me a comparable pill; Janumet XR 50/1000. The nurse warned me to check my blood glucose more often because this dosage doesn't release the medicine all at once as my normal prescription does. So I would like to know if you all prefer the XR or a pill that gives you your dosage at once.

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MAYS 2012-08-26 19:56:33 -0500 Report

Each type has it's advantages over the other one.

For the extended release types, if you aren't good with taking your meds on time they are a great way of making sure that you do not miss taking your meds on time.

The regular versions are great for those who either have great control, or don't need to take their meds as often.

shnell25 2012-08-26 20:13:40 -0500 Report

Thank you for responding. I am glad to know that. I've been doing really well with eating healthier foods. With a child whose a vegetarian, it's been fun and interesting learning many different ways to prepare vegetables and healthy meals that are filling-even if they don't include meat.

Now I've got to add exercise to my routine. I have two months until my 6 month checkup and I want to have lost another 5lbs. I know that I can and I will, Lord willing. My son is great motivation so I know I can do it.

MAYS 2012-08-26 20:39:42 -0500 Report

Adding exercise is as easy as walking, start off slow and add to your routine, regardless of whatever type of exercise you decide on, something is better than nothing, stay focused and those two months will be here in no time.
You can obtain it, if you desire it so lose those unwanted pounds!
Go for it, you can do it!

shnell25 2013-01-02 12:44:58 -0600 Report

I haven't been dilligent with taking my medication as I should and I notice that my glucose levels have been higher than I'd like lately. I've been taking the extended release pills to help me to get the medication in my system where it releases throughout the day until I get my levels back where they should be. I have also been very lazy when it comes to exercising! I KNOW it is important to exercise daily but I've been so lazy…I have the desire to lose the weight now. I've lost 10 lbs and I have been excited about that; but I need to lose so much more-at least 40lbs and I have started a journal to motivate myself. I've even decided to start taking pictures of the food I eat and print those photos and keep them in the journal. I know that if I have a visual of what I'm eating on file, it will make me more accountable to myself-just writing down 1 burger from McDonald's isn't going to make me change; I need to see that burger's photo so I can see exactly what I've eaten and then say you know that wasn't healthy or you can't have another lunch or meal like that for another 2 weeks. When I monitor myself I do a lot better with maintaining my glucose levels and I'll eat healthier and then that motivates me to work out more and when I do all three, I don't really feel the need to make unwise eating choices.

jayabee52 2013-01-02 13:14:16 -0600 Report

it is great to see you back posting schnell.

I suspect you already know that taking your medication as prescribed is quite important to your glucose control. So please take care of yourself and get your BGs under control, we'd like to have you stick around for a good while longer.

The picture idea is a novel way to do a food journal. Kudos to you for thinking of it. I may start doing that as well.


shnell25 2013-03-16 22:28:28 -0500 Report

keeping my journal is really helping me out. I am more accountable to myself of what I'm eating and I also write down the amount of exercise I commit to each day and the time spent on those workouts. I've learned that when I work out, I try to eat better because it makes no sense to work out as hard as I do and then eat something that defeats the purpose of working out.

I've cut out eating fried foods every week. As a matter of fact, I haven't fried any foods the past 3 weeks and I don't really miss it. Actually most of my meals before I started this program were baked. I just add Panko bread crumbs to my meat and that gives me the "crunch" I would have with deep fried foods.

I've learned to prepare MANY different soups and I am enjoying them all. Once I finish the program (it's a 6 week program), I am going to continue to have a soup twice a week. One thing the program lists that I will do, just not for 3 meals as the program required for the 3rd week, is all the protein, veggie and fruit smoothies. I'll have a smoothie twice a week, but not every day for 7 days 2-3 times a day.

I've lost 7lbs so far on the plan and 4lbs before that so a total of 11lbs in 8 weeks. So extremely proud of myself!!!

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