How much Metformin

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-02-08 19:15:34 -0600
Started 2009-01-29 08:36:40 -0600

Now that I am finally seeing a doctor, I have been put on Metformin to help with my levels. Well, now, even at 1000mg a day, my numbers are not really improving. They are stabalizing and I don't tend to jump into the very high ranges, but I also can't seem to get anything below 150 any more. On my own, without meds, I used to see some 120's. But I have not seen but one of those on metformin.
So am I throwing my money away? Do I need to ask the doctor to up the dose? I am frustrated.

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Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-08 19:15:34 -0600 Report

I don't know much about Metformin, but my Aunt has recently been put on this. Her MD also prescribed her Vitamin B-12 with it. Says this causes Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Is that true?…Debe

GabbyPA 2009-02-01 12:46:22 -0600 Report

I know I am on metformin because it is inexpensive. I pay out of pocket for my meds 100%, so the clinic perscirbes the lowest priced items I'm sure. And that is fine with me, I couldn't afford the cholesterol medicine they perscribed, so I am taking niacin. So I think I am stuck with Metformin for now. I am actially thinking I had better numbers before I started taking it, so I will just have to discuss it with my doctor when I see him in a few weeks.

sexyswamprat 2009-01-31 19:32:15 -0600 Report

I take 1000mg a day and I have not had any readings higher then 125. And I am maintaing a a1c of 5.6. I used to take glipized but my endo changed it metformin. Sometimes you just have to expirement with different meds to find the one that's right for you.

tabby9146 2009-01-31 13:11:51 -0600 Report

I take 500 mgs per day. I take it in the morning. so far, every single time I"ve checked which is usually 3 times per day since early Nov., my BS is always within the perfect range in the mornings when I wake up and then two hours after a meal, it has never been over 135. However, I did have one 'low' in the 70s just the other day but I think I know why. without thinking, I had eaten a decent breakfast, one of my usual b'fasts that I know is just fine and I waited, got busy, so did not check the time, and instead of my snack, I started exercising on the treadmill and did my usual two miles. Right at the end, I began to feel that familiar feeling and I had a slight headache, so I checked. Then my hands started to shake. Instead of running for the juice, I just got something to eat that had 15 carb grams and checked a few minutes later, it was fine. I will never do that again. I had almost always exercised in the afternoon before this, with never a problem.

Anonymous 2009-01-31 10:15:44 -0600 Report

It does take awhile for it to kick in to get in your system. I take amaryl and janumet(which had metformin in it). No weight gain. Actually it has helped me loose some. And I have great insurance through my husband's work. I only pay 10 dollars each for all my meds. I love that. Because in this economy every little bit helps.

2009-01-30 22:49:17 -0600 Report

Gabby, I'll give you some of my Metformin!!! They put me back on it after the hospital this fall (new internist that is certified in Diabetes care thinks everyone with diabetes should be on it) and now I'm having my lows again. I know, metformin doesn't cause lows but in my body it does. sigh. I take 1 pill (500 mg) in the morning and 2 at suppertime (1000 mg) and I have gone low into the 50's in the morning, afternoon and in the evening so I don't think it's from the metformin entirely. I don't think I need it but we'll see. I see him again on Thursday so we'll see if I come away with a lesser dose or something all together different.


sparkysmom 2009-01-30 21:20:14 -0600 Report

I have been taking 1000 mg twice a day since changing Drs in November. My numbers are slowly inching down. They now hover around 145 in AM.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-30 03:36:55 -0600 Report

Hi Gail,
My doctor put me on 1000 mg of Metformin twice a day, (morning and night). Two weeks later she added a once a day called Glimepiride. Still not satisfied with my numbers two weeks later she added once a day Januvia. Two weeks later my morning readings were in the 110 range and my afternoon readings were in the 110 range also. I asked her why my morning readings were even with or higher than my two hours after lunch reading and she said it was because my evening meal was my biggest meal of the day, followed by a long period of little activity. Now that I've been on the three meds for over a year and I have reduced the size of my supper and shortened the length of my sleep, my readings are very consistently at 90-110 in the morning and 60-90 afternoon. I also have standardized what I eat and drink throughout the day which most people I am told can't do for whatever reason. So the only varying factors in my day are the stress and the activity.

GabbyPA 2009-01-30 07:57:09 -0600 Report

That is at least promising. I think perhpas I need to start walking after dinner as well as in the morning. I know that exercise always helps me. Perhaps that is the answer to my high AM readings. I know if I start lower in the morning, I usually have a better day, as I tend to drop during the day also.

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-30 01:04:47 -0600 Report

I have been taking metformin since November 500mg once a day. Apple cider vinegar and lots of cinnimon, numbers start coming down then the stress kicks in, think I would have steady numbers if I did not have so much stress in my life, dr. will not increase drug until after my first 3 month test. I will let you know at the end of february if things improve for me. Started yoga in the mornings for quiet mind, unfortunately then as day goes on stress builds, my daughter is quite ill at this time. good luck with your numbers. jackie

fun2u2007 2009-01-29 12:04:29 -0600 Report

I am on 1000mg of Metformin a day also and had the same problem with my numbers. My doctor didn't want to up my mg of Metformin because I was having stomach issues, so he put me on Januvia, which costs me $25.00 a month! The good thing is it worked, so I find a way to pay the cost. Are you having any stomach issues with your Metformin? If not, I would ask him to up the dosage like others have responded to you. Good luck! Lisa

kdroberts 2009-01-29 12:08:35 -0600 Report

You must have a pretty good prescription plan to get it for $25. When I took Januvia it was $56 after insurance!

fun2u2007 2009-01-29 12:17:37 -0600 Report

I am very fortunate to have good insurance. Getting a little worried though. I work for the school district in Las Vegas and we are having serious budget issues. Hoping I weather the storm and don't get laid off. $56.00 is very steep for this drug. My doctor keeps me on the Metformin and Januvia because these 2 drugs are not supposed to cause weight gain. So far my numbers are good and I have lost 58 pounds. Lisa

Bluebutterfly 2009-01-29 22:43:16 -0600 Report

I take 1000mg of metformin twice a day and 1 junivia 100mg per day also 4 -5mg of glyburide and one advandia a day. My ins. is not real good I pay 185.00 for januvia and 85.00 for advandia.I wish I could find it cheaper. My disability check don't hardly cover my drugs. This is a 90 day supply of januvia and avandia.

kdroberts 2009-01-29 11:42:38 -0600 Report

1500mg-2000mg is a usual therapeutic dose. 2550mg is the max. You could get a 90 day prescription for 2000mg, fill it for $10 and try it for the 90 days. By then you'll know if it works for you.

Generally, high morning numbers are related to evening numbers and often what you eat in the evening. You could start there.

GabbyPA 2009-01-29 18:36:09 -0600 Report

when I test before bed, they are often lower than what I end up with in the morning. I try the snacks and I have even tired no is a point of frustration for me.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-29 08:39:56 -0600 Report

your not getting anything below a 150 for morning, before a meal testing? and that is on the medication? that would be frustrating!

GabbyPA 2009-01-29 08:47:11 -0600 Report

Nope, my AM numbers have always been an issue, but now they are just haning in around 160 or 170. It sucks. My numbers don't seem to climb too much after a meal, and sometimes they drop, but I believe that is due more to my food choices. I just kind of hang in the 150's to 170's all day.
Now granted, that is better than my 200's that I would end up with. But I really thought this would help more.

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