Getting off your oral medication?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2009-01-21 16:46:35 -0600
Started 2009-01-19 22:00:56 -0600

When I was first diagnosed, my doctor told me that I 'might' be able to come off the medicine, if I lose the weight and stick to the diet/exercise, which I have. i take only 500 mgs of metformin daily. So I am curious as to how many of you have been able to do this? also, if you ever came off meds.. how long have you been off or, when did you have to get back on something and why? was it because you no longer followed diet and exercise and were careful enough, or were you but you still had to take oral medication and/or insulin anyway later on? See, I am thinking that if I do come off, eventually I am certain I will have to go back on it at some point though no professional has told me that yet.

6 replies

SkipT 2009-01-21 16:46:35 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed just over two years ago. I was put on Actos and metformin. I managed to lose 77 lbs thru diet and exercise have been med free for over six months now. I still watch my diet and exercise like it is a religion. I want to stay off all meds if I can.

GabbyPA 2009-01-21 12:21:27 -0600 Report

As you might know, I struggled to get meds. For 8 months I was able to loose weight and get my numbers down, but not to where they needed to be. One thing that I felt was like I was a failure because I "had" to have meds. Once I realized that every body is different, and where I might have been able to stay off meds if I were younger or healthier...the disease still takes grip. It is a progressive disease, and if you are able to get off meds that is fantastic. Just know that there is a likely chance that they may have to return. But that is okay...control is what is important, no matter how you achieve it.

butterfly_8 2009-01-21 15:06:09 -0600 Report

It is always interestin to here that there are possibilities for progress when dealing with an illness,no matter how small. It give hope and somethoing to work towards even if it is not for everyone.

shirleycc 2009-01-20 19:38:24 -0600 Report

I understand that it is possible to get off meds and control diabetes with diet and exercise, but only for Type 2 and you must continue to monitor yourself for the rest of your life. You do not
"get rid" of diabetes, once diagnosed
properly you are always diabetic. The difference is in the way you control it.

Anonymous 2009-01-21 09:38:05 -0600 Report

I agree with what both posters said. I was able to get off of insulin with loosing weight and tight control. I am still on metformin and amaryl and continuing to loose. Doctor said if I lost another 25 lbs I can come off of 1 of the pills. But I will always need to have tight control no matter what. I am type 2 with other illnesses too.

Mustanggirl63 2009-01-20 04:05:01 -0600 Report

My dad was able to loose weight and come off his oral meds and controoled his diabetes with diet until hos death in 2006 from respitory failure. My mother and brother were insulin dependent. They were simular in appearance. Iook like dad and am not insulin dependent I am trying to loose the weight currently so that I can see if I will be able to. I believe it can be done if its type II and you were on a low dose. I take 5mg of gliperzide ER.