Diane Dorfman
By Diane Dorfman Latest Reply 2015-03-11 08:50:38 -0500
Started 2015-03-09 12:25:09 -0500

I have type 2 diabetes now for almost 4 years. I feel great and things are well. My question to all is, I am on Metformin twice daily 1000mg. No Insulin. I am also taking a low dose of Victoza to help with my A1C daily. My Insurance went up and now charging me a 200.00 copay every time I refill my pens! Used to be 50.00. My question is, has anyone been on Farxiga or Invokana? These are oral pills not an injectable. Doing my research, they seem to have the same effect like Victoza. I am seeing my Endo Doc this Friday and will discuss with her also, but I was curious of opinions!
Thanks so much!

4 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-03-10 20:40:53 -0500 Report

Hi Diane,
I''m sorry I don't have an answer to your discussion but read
what James and you wrote and thought I would add my story. I''m on Atkins diet. I've lost 90 plus lbs. to date. I am no longer on Metformin and/or insulin. I was on both. Two types of insulin to be exact. My Dr. took me off. My A1C IS 5.2 and my fasting BG is, average, 101. James has a wonderful diet. I should know, I'm his fiancee. My diet is very close to it. Good luck with your Dr. VL

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-09 13:26:36 -0500 Report

I have mentioned it several times to my Doc. She keeps saying that I think you need something else to help keep the A1c down! She is afraid to take me off! I get really bad sugar cravings and she knows that too. I will ask her again this Friday. It would be nice to only be on Metformin only! I would love to see your meal plan! Dr. Phil has a great one too, 20/20.

jayabee52 2015-03-09 12:59:11 -0500 Report

Howdy Diane
Do you even need any medication at all? The reason I ask is I have had T 2 since 1995 and had been on Met for a while, and then on NPH insulin twice a day in 2006 when I got kidney broblems. Quite by accident I discovered I could manage my BG (blood glucose) levels without the insulin by eating very carefully.

Since you are seeing an endo on Fri, you may want to ask if Dr will test you to determine how much insulin your pancreas excretes. That will tell you if you can do like I did and stop any diabetes meds by eating a very controlled meal plan. When I started my experiment in 2011, I kept my BG levels around 80 to 130 mg/dl achieved an A1c of 5.5% lost 65 lbs over the course of 5 mo. I am still following my meal plan all these years later with good results. I had written up that meal plan as a discussion and will share it with you if you ask for it.

If Dr endo balks at this, just remember Drs are paid by bigPharma reps to write Rxs. It may rather be in your best interest health wise and dollar wise to look at non medicine ways to deal with your disease.

God's best to you

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-11 08:50:38 -0500 Report

hello James…
I would love to get your meal plan! I'm willing to try any thing that will work! I am also taking a shot a day of Victoza, which I want to get off, and Metformin twice daily. Especially cause my copay is $200.00 for Victoza! My biggest problem with all of this, is my sugar cravings and bread!! I'm Italian so what else can I say!
Thanks and look forward to that meal plan.