What Diabetes Medications Do You Take (If Any?)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2014-03-27 09:19:26 -0500
Started 2011-01-10 08:32:21 -0600

Do you take any prescribed medications for your individual case of diabetes?
If so, which one, or two, or three?



113 replies

jango10 2014-03-27 09:19:26 -0500 Report

just started on metformin was diagnosed type 2 2011 not feeling two good on them take 3 x500 a day

shnell25 2012-06-26 00:10:12 -0500 Report

I started with Metformin, but am now taking Janumet. I was taking 1 pill twice a day but small changes in my diet, helped to lower my A1C and BGL enough that my doctor lowered the dose to 1 a day. Prayerfully and with me watching my diet and exercising, my doctor says I could be able to stop taking the medication completely. That is my goal!!

Caroltoo 2012-06-24 21:24:03 -0500 Report

In 2003, I had BGs of 400. I started with 30 mg. Actos and took 1/2 in the a.m. and 1/2 in the p.m. so I was never without it. Two years later, following a heart attack and the addition of 3 stents to open 5 arteries which were 95% occuluded, I added 5mg lisinopril, plavix, and 40 mg nadolol.

By 2009, I had lost 60 pounds, had successful post operative heart checkups, added walking and jogging to my exercise, changed my diet from carb heavy to carb light, added lots of veggies, begun to eat orgainic fruit, veggies, and meat, and cook totally from foods/not boxes and packages. I also stopped taking all medications.

I feel great, have a positive attitude, expect good things, am just returning to work, and am 67 years of age. So, if there is a moral to this tale, perhaps it is that it is never to late to make changes that can improve our health.

shnell25 2012-06-26 00:08:19 -0500 Report

You are going on my list of inspiring people!! That is a testimony that validates my plan to incorporate more exercise into my life. I've started a 100 push up challenge and after reading your post, I know it is one of the best decisions I've made. I'm going to STOP making excuses and just MAKE exercise a part of my daily routine. THANK YOU!!

Type1Lou 2012-06-22 10:37:14 -0500 Report

I use a daily average of 16 units of Novolog in my insulin pump and take 125 mcg of levothyroxine for hypothyroid, 40 mg of simvastatin to keep total cholesterol below 170, 10 mg of lisinopril to protect kidneys and keep BP in line and 15mg of mirtazapine for depression along with monthly B12 shots and sub-ligual B12 supplements as well as vitamin D3 supplements and 81 mg aspirin daily.

MAYS 2012-06-24 15:56:46 -0500 Report


Type1Lou 2012-06-25 12:17:24 -0500 Report

Yeah! I'm taking more pills than my 98-yr old Mom was before she died! I think I take after Dad who died at 81 after 20 years with diabetes…grew up watching him test his BG and give himself shots. (I now understand why his snack of choice was peanuts!) I was the one they sent to the pharmacy to pick up his U-40 Protomine-zinc insulin. We've come a long way in the treatment of diabetes since I was a kid.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-06 13:05:09 -0600 Report

I started with Metformin, 3months later added Starlix, A1c stayed in the 6.2 range for years, but had to go off the Metformin due to kidney problems, when Starlix would not do it alone my Doctor dropped the Starlix and put me on Lantus solostar pen once a day, after he added Apidra pen with my largest meal, now working with a CDE and am taking 40 units Lantus twice a day with 10 units Apidra twice a day ,still tweaking doses but coming back to line, gone from 12.4 to 8.4 in a little over 4month wish I would have been put on Insulin when first diagnosed.


robertoj 2011-08-29 17:03:56 -0500 Report

I started with Metformin and Glyburide and I did fairly well. My doctor then put me on Novolin N because of other issues. I have to say that the insulin has proven to be clearly superior.

realsis77 2011-08-29 14:55:02 -0500 Report

Hi. I take lantus, and I take humulin R. I used to take januvmet but I ran 300 to 400 on the pill so now I'm on the insulin thenk God! That pill did NOTHING for me but give me a headache non stop! It did not work at all in the least!

Yasmina 2011-04-11 10:22:21 -0500 Report

I take Humolog and Lantus. I am a type 2. I also take lisinoprol for my kidney function {this is for high blood pressure medication, but I take a low dose that protects my kidneys, not lowers my blood pressure} and one 81 mg aspirin a day to thin the blood for heart health.

pkwillhoite 2011-03-28 12:19:40 -0500 Report

I have Actos 30mg (half in the am and half in the pm) and Glyburide 5mg (2 pills in am and 2 in the pm) and Metformin 1000mg (1 in am and 1 in the pm) My numbers werent good foe a long time I believe it was denial. I didnt want to have D but after reading comments on her for the last couple of weeks I am changing my outlook for myself. I am gonna put me first and I even feel guilty about it. I am trying to eat better and test more regular and take my meds for everything more seriously. I just want to thank every one on here to be posting their comments and open my eyes!!! THANKYOU DIABETIC CONNECT!!

robertoj 2011-08-29 17:17:43 -0500 Report

Remember that you are putting your health first; not yourself. Taking care of your health benefits everyone that loves you. Diabetes is not a life sentence it is a health issue that we share with many others. Most of the changes that we adopt to address this condition are things we should be doing for better health in general.

Pam S
Pam S 2011-02-12 11:48:48 -0600 Report

the only ones I take are Levemir (18 units in the a.m. and 15 in the pm) and Novolog…but I'm on a 1-5 ratio for meals in the a.m. and dinner time switches to 1-10 ratio…a bit confusing…but I've got it mostly…numbers still get a little high if i'm bad…but will work. Unfortunately I do take Vitamin D…i have a deficiency. 2000 mg a day and I'm still not there yet…ugh

MAYS 2011-02-13 03:14:53 -0600 Report

Stick with it, you will get there!
Just document your progress, and your health daily for discussion with your medical team (this is very important, yet seriously neglected by many).


west rolly
west rolly 2011-02-12 11:06:19 -0600 Report

in your oppion—what is the best medicine to take?

MAYS 2011-02-13 03:33:34 -0600 Report

Diabetes medication is normally dispensed according to the individuals individual case of diabetes, what type of diabetes, health issues such as allergies, and such, which is normally determined after blood test, and physicals.

Metformin (Glucophage) has been proven to be very, very effective for many, as well as insulin injections.




Discuss your available options with your diabetes medical team.


birch21 2011-02-10 16:42:38 -0600 Report

I was on Metformin 1000mg 2x daily 1000 morning 1000 evening. I have recently been switched to Janumet same dosage because of anemia from being on Metformin since being diagnoised. Am doing fine on the Janumet and Januvia that I take so watch out if you have been taking metformin for a while and make sure you are not anemic. I didn't even know I was until the Dr. put me on Iron.

edvel54 2011-04-21 18:44:16 -0500 Report

I had no idea that metformin would cause one to be anemic. I have been anemic for many years and I have been on metforim for many years. I was just recently changed to Januvia. maybe that is why. Only problem is that I am having problems controlling my BS. I have double the amount of insulin I take

pkwillhoite 2011-04-13 14:06:31 -0500 Report

I take the same amount of metformin as you did. My dr knows that I was anemic when she gave me the metformin but I have to take Iron.

birch21 2011-04-13 19:23:08 -0500 Report

I am still on the iron as I must have really been low. Please be careful. I had no idea until after I was switched to the Janumet and Januvia that being on Metformin for long periods of time can result in anemia.

birch21 2011-11-10 00:13:09 -0600 Report

Well I am now taking Janumet and Byetta only and I take the Janumet as 50/1000 twice daily and the Byetta is 10 mcg twice daily. I am still anemic and I think I am lower this time than I was the last as I have ridges in my fingernails and from what I have read that is a sign of being anemic. I am taking iron daily and right now I am trying to get over a case of crud but I am so tired and fatigued that I have had to take off from work and try to get better and rested but I am totally worn out. Good luck to all of you that you will get your iron levels built back up soon. Looking for mine to improve soon as well.

MAYS 2011-02-11 07:57:00 -0600 Report

Glad to hear that you are doing great after being diagnosed as anemic.
Thanks for posting the information pertaining to being Anemic, and taking Metformin for others to see, and to be aware of, here's to your continued good health!


Karen Regina
Karen Regina 2011-02-06 06:21:39 -0600 Report

I'm currently taking Lantus 80 units daily, Byetta 10 units before breakfast and lunch, Humulin N 40 units in the morning, and have a sliding scale for Humulin R. It's been a really long struggle, but I'm finally starting to see some progress. I've been Type 2 for 21 years now, so I've taken almost all the oral meds at one time or another. My numbers are not what I would like them to be, but they are much better. I'm averaging 140 to 190 most days. My goal is 100. I know that is when I feel my best.

MAYS 2011-02-06 15:16:22 -0600 Report

Welcome to the family!
Glad to know that you are beginning to see some progress in managing your diabetes, what do you think is the reason for the struggles that you have experienced previously?

runthe 2011-01-15 23:06:13 -0600 Report

Hi Mays, I take novolin 70/30. I started out with metformin 1000mg twice a day and glipizide. Now I take Novolin 65units twice a day. My bg is still uncontrollable. I taake steroids and other meds that keeps my blood sugar high. 200 to 400 every day.

MAYS 2011-01-16 08:14:05 -0600 Report

Are you and your doctor(s) looking at alternative medications to try to lower your numbers?
200-400 blood glucose levels daily can eventually cause medical complications for you sometime in the future.

mariogusa 2011-01-15 12:40:28 -0600 Report

Hi associates…i am on metmorfin 1000mg once a day and I am experiencing right arm muscle pain, usually at night…is this a common side affect of the medication?

squog master
squog master 2011-01-12 22:52:11 -0600 Report

I take 15mgs of Actos.

MAYS 2011-01-14 18:08:38 -0600 Report

How are your numbers?

squog master
squog master 2011-01-15 21:35:56 -0600 Report

My numbers are very good. At one time I took metformin also. Then actos plus met. But I've lost a lot of weight & I'm down to just the actos.

MAYS 2011-01-16 08:09:10 -0600 Report

Excellent progress!
It's always good when you can eliminate medication while managing your diabetes!

squog master
squog master 2011-01-16 12:56:03 -0600 Report

I wish I could say the weight lost was sheer will power but it was actually due to other problems after hernia surgery. You can read about those in the Healing Slowly discussion. But it has made a great difference & has been great incentive to keep going til I get to my goal weight.

Jipwhip 2011-01-11 23:24:20 -0600 Report

I take Actos and am also taking 44 units of Lantus at night and have a sliding scale for my Novolog before meals. Have been doing this for 5 years now. And my numbers are good.

2011-01-11 18:13:52 -0600 Report

I have type 1 and take Lantus in the morning, plus Humalog before each meal and a small dose of NPH at bedtime.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2011-01-11 15:32:20 -0600 Report

I use Actos and if I feel good enough to excercise I can keep my numbers down to 120. I never have had lower than 118. Lately my numbers have been highter than I want.
Your Friend

MAYS 2011-01-14 17:50:21 -0600 Report

What do you think is causing the high numbers?
How are your fasting numbers?

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2011-01-15 12:18:59 -0600 Report

My fasting numbers are 160,178,110,111,127,131,125. The lowes fasting number I have had is 110. I know I don't exercise as much as I should. Thank you for asking about my numbers.
Your Friend

Anonymous 2011-01-11 13:42:14 -0600 Report

he stopped that semms like my #s have gone up quite a bit got an appt next week will discuss w/ Dr.

MAYS 2011-01-11 14:24:20 -0600 Report

Has your doctor discussed with you an alternative means of dealing with your diabetes?

PetiePal 2011-01-11 09:05:45 -0600 Report

Glucophage 1000mg (2 500mg pills) and 2mg of Glimepiride. Both twice a day, breakfast and dinner. I went from a 11.1 A1c to 6.1…yep it's working :P

Roy531 2011-01-11 06:23:04 -0600 Report

I take glipizide 2.5 mg before breakfast and 2.5mg at supper time.

MAYS 2011-01-11 08:10:01 -0600 Report

Are you seeing an improvement in your numbers?
Have you ever experienced any side effects with taking Glipizide?

Roy531 2011-01-11 09:41:00 -0600 Report

No side effects, been taking it since diagnosed, my numbers always run between 70 to 120, every once in a while depending on stress level it will go higher. Trying to keep away from things that cause me stress

kmcook 2011-01-10 22:47:17 -0600 Report

500 mg metformin 2 x's a day, 5 mg glipizide 2x's a day, and 40 mg simvistatin once a day.

MAYS 2011-01-11 01:54:49 -0600 Report

How are your numbers, have the medications been effective for you?

kmcook 2011-01-11 17:19:28 -0600 Report

It really depends on if I eat or not as long as I eat they are between 140 and 200. If I don't eat they drop way down usually between 30 and 50.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-10 22:00:05 -0600 Report

500 mg Metformin 2x a day.

MAYS 2011-01-11 01:46:09 -0600 Report

Have you experienced any of the possible side effects that can be associated with taking Metformin?
How are your numbers since you have been prescribed Metformin?

joni55 2011-01-12 14:50:13 -0600 Report

I don't have any problem with it. I was on 500 mg. twice a day but cut back to once a day. Any digestive problems I have had, I had before I started on it so can't blame the Metformin for it.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-11 09:29:10 -0600 Report

The side effects have been nauseau and diarrhea. I learned fast to eat first. A few times I took it, then breakfast or supper was delayed. Did not like the nauseau. I am not sure if I should blame the diarrhea totaly on the metformin. When they started me on it I was in the hospital on major antibiotics for a month. It took several months to get my system straightened out after my escape from there. While in the hospital last January they told me my A1c, I think it was around 8.6. Sorry I don't remember the exact number. In April it was down to 5.6. In October it was 5.3. Since August morning fasting BG has been usually in the 80's to 100. Between February and August it ran 100 to 115. There still have been a few mornings it has been up to 110. Two hours after meals usually it is 80 to 120, with some readings up to 140. I've messed up on the carbs big time a few times and it has been up in the 180's 1 to 2 hours after eating.

re1ndeer 2011-01-10 19:01:55 -0600 Report

I'm only on insulin, 18 units of Humalog at each meal and 20 units of levemir once in the morning, and once at night.
Started on all those pills almost 5 years ago, none of them worked.

MAYS 2011-01-11 01:40:02 -0600 Report

The pills proved to be ineffective for you, leading to insulin use?
How long have you had diabetes?

re1ndeer 2011-01-11 05:42:06 -0600 Report

I've had Diabetes, going on 5 years in April, when I was first diagnosed.Went from April till about August, trying everything possible. Glipizide, Glimpiride, Metformin, avandaryl, Avandia, etc. and even Lantus that did'nt work either. So they put me on Levemir and Humalog and I've been doing fairly well for the past 4 1/2 years only changes in amount of insulin.

glee9349 2011-01-10 17:08:28 -0600 Report

Im on 12 units of Lantus twice a day and Novalog three times a day depending of what my numbers are and what i am eating makes the amount different each time i take it. I have been on Glipizide for a while and it never even affected my blood sugars so i came off of it. I hope your doing well with what you need to be on.

MAYS 2011-01-10 17:24:50 -0600 Report

Thanks for responding to this discussion.
Has your doctor ever discussed with you about the physical condition of your pancreas?
Normally when Glipizide doesn't seem to work it's because the pancreas has reached its maximum capability to produce insulin, thereby proving Glipizide to be ineffective in coaxing the pancreas to produce more insulin.

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