Can I switch from Insulin back to other medication?

By LeoWong Latest Reply 2011-02-17 14:50:57 -0600
Started 2011-01-24 20:52:44 -0600

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1999.
From 1999 to 2009, I've been taking Metformin.
From 2009 to 2010, I used Gliclazide and then Glibenclamide,which cause hypoglycemia.
In Dec 2010, there were signs of retinal hemorrhage. and in my blood examination, HbA1c was 10.2 (too high). 8-hour urine protein was 83.8 (normal should be around 20)

So From Dec 2010, my doctor suggested me to use Insulin. 3 times rapid-acting insulin during the day, and one shot of long-acting insulin before bed.

Due to my working schedule, it is not convenient to take insulin in the middle of the day. My question is, is it OK to switch back to other medications? Which medication would be good for me in my case? Any advice? Thank you very much!

4 replies

Jameesa 2011-02-17 14:50:57 -0600 Report

Talk to your doctor before switching to other meds… Seems like you are getting better results taking the insulin

kdroberts 2011-01-25 08:29:16 -0600 Report

You can switch to other medications but I've always found that taking rapid insulin to be easy to fit in since you only take it when you eat. Really in your case insulin is the best but you could try januvia or onglyza if you are comfortable being a guinea pig since those drugs are so new and the side effects are not well known.

jayabee52 2011-01-25 08:05:41 -0600 Report

I second what Harlen said, check with your Dr about it.

Many of us inject insulin during the work day. What problem could there be which keeps you from injecting at work?

Harlen 2011-01-24 23:07:25 -0600 Report

You can try BUT talk to your Doc it may be that you can but if your bs can not be stable on other meds ?????
I wish you luck and please let me know how it gose
Best wishes

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