I was wondering if insulin is better for you than taking Metformin to control diabetes? I was wondering that because I don't like the taste of the pill and it goes right through me all the time after I eat and take it.
Metformin and insulin work differently. Metformin helps the liver make less glucose and helps the cells use insulin more effectively. Insulin, on the other hand, is a hormone that lowers blood glucose. Metformin is used for people with type 2 diabetes and can be used in addition to insulin. Most who take metformin will stay on the drug even after starting insulin. You are right that the metformin pills can taste funny and also can be hard to swallow. There is a liquid version of metformin called Riomet that may be more agreeable to you, but this particular medicine is usually reserved for people who have trouble swallowing pills. You also state that the metformin “goes right through me.” The extended release versions of metformin can have less stomach upset associated with them and may taste differently as well. Trying an extended release version of metformin, such as metformin ER or Glumetza, may be a topic you can discuss at your next diabetes visit with your primary care provider.