Insulin and Oral Medications Combined

By Meems69 Latest Reply 2014-06-18 18:33:55 -0500
Started 2014-06-18 18:16:01 -0500

My doctor just put me on insulin. Currently I am taking Metformin 1000 mg twice a day. She wants me to continue taking the Metformin and insulin twice a day. I thought that once you start taking insulin, you would stop taking oral meds like Metformin. Has anyone else combined insulin with Metformin?

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haoleboy 2014-06-18 18:33:55 -0500 Report

Metformin decreases the amount of glucose you absorb from your food and the amount of glucose made by your liver, also increases your body's response to insulin.

Insulin facilitates the cellular absorption of glucose.

Two different functions … I was on both for a short period of time … not uncommon.


Glucerna 2014-06-18 18:26:33 -0500 Report

It's very common to use both metformin and insulin. The metformin helps your body utilize insulin more effectively, and the additional insulin is needed when your body no longer produces enough insulin. I encourage you to talk with your doctor more about these medications as well. ~Lynn @Glucerna