Bydureon, Metformin & Weight Watchers

By Mommazita Latest Reply 2012-11-26 09:00:39 -0600
Started 2012-09-02 15:14:00 -0500

Yesterday I injected my second dose of Bydureon. Week #1 transpired without any negative side effects. I am very grateful. That said, I did see an increase in my Blood Glucoss (BG) as anticipated based upon my readings here on Diabetic Connect. Still, I am wondering if an increase in my Metforfin might off-set this?

Currently, along with Bydureon…I take 500 ER of Metformin in the morning.

Are others taking Metform in Bydureon? If , so…how much and how often… wondering…:-)

I'm headed back to Weight Watchers (WW) on Thursday this week. I read in the David Mendosa Newsletter that the combination of Bydureon and Metformin has a significnat impact on weight loss. I'm just uncertain of the idea dose of the later…

I am so willing to work the WW food plan…and I go to Curves 3X a week as well. I am just so frustrated- given my consistent efforts- with such sluggish progess in losing weight. Twiggy shall never be my goal…but gradual, healthy loss remains my aim…


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Marvinette 2012-11-26 09:00:39 -0600 Report

Just began taking bydureon to treat insulin resistance. I have had two injections. I also take 2000mgs of metformin at night before bed. I dont have any results yet as i dont see my dr for another 4weeks. I do not do ww, but have in the past before meds and not under dr orders. I lost about 30 pounds then gained most of it back, tried again and failed. Then i started metformin and after a while did biggest losers at curves for women where i work out. Got back down to my low ww weight. Then, gained it all back (10 pounds at this pont). Started bydureon to treat insulin resistance. Weight loss i am told will be a side effect. Was told i need to lose 32 pounds in order to stop taking budureon. Not real hopeful and feel like if i stop taking it i will gain back any weight I've lost. However i do know how to eat right i just have to wrap my brain around not going back to old habits. We'll see… Good luck to you on your weight loss.

Lizardfan 2012-09-03 16:33:55 -0500 Report

Glad to hear your first week on Bydureon was successful! I do take 2500mgs of Metformin daily, one with each meal and two @ bedtime. The increase in your blood sugars is because it takes at least 4-6 weeks for the medication to *load* into your body. The Bydureon injected subcutaneously makes a small lump @ the injection site, those lumps disperse the meds according to your body and how long it takes for the enzymes and the meds to work. Thus, sometimes it is 6 weeks as it was for me to reach optimal blood sugar levels. So, probably more Met would not work for you, the time factor is just a facet of that particular med.

I have lost 28-29lbs with WW, gym and Bydureon so I expect you will do well on your plan too. I lost steady @ a 1.50 loss per week and have been at goal for about 8 weeks. Good luck and let us know how you do!

dmike1 2012-09-02 18:56:13 -0500 Report

I take Metformin 2 x's a day. What is the Bydureon for?

Mommazita 2012-09-03 15:04:52 -0500 Report

Bydureon is a new, once-a-week injectable medication, that is a form of Byetta. I was never on Byetta…but learned about Bydureon in the David Mendosa Diabetes Newsletter. It is not insulin- some folks take Bydureon along with insulin and other diabetes meds.

I brought Bydureon up with my physician because honest, sincere dieting efforts and daily exercise…my weight was not moving. My last 2 A1Cs were both 6.5 with only 500 of metformin in the am. So, my numbers were fine except for my weight.

According to clinical trials, individuals who take metformin and Bydureon see a decrease in weight. So, I have been wondering if I might need to take more metformin to experience that benefit? Bydureon is not prescribed for weight loss specifically…but I do anticipate that my A1C shall drop below 5 on this med. Just wondering about weight loss…


awakening2health 2012-09-07 17:17:51 -0500 Report

I doubt BYDUREON will drop your A1c below 5, but the combination of metformin and GLP-1 agonist like bydureon will result in some weight loss and some lowering of A1c

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