question: hubby and i both are type 2 diabetics and take metaformin once a day in morning. My husband was recently diagnosed and not told when to take meds, not told to go see DE just to eat healthy and exercise(walk) need to know what time of day is best to take the or pm? I sometimes forget to take mine, so can i swithch to nights as well

Farrah M


Hi there and thanks for the question! Unfortunately I am not a medical professional so I will not be able to answer this question for you; however I would definitely consult this with your doctor. Apologies I could not be of more help!

July 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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shanewatson384 2012-09-13 03:09:59 -0500 Report

Metformin manages to control the amount of sugar in the blood in three distinct ways. Firstly it works on the food that you eat.
With the number of people saying it gives them stomach problems, I would take it during my meals. Less problems. Many , just thinking of taking a pill , make the queasy. Then they blame it on the medicine.
And with Metformin , it's a shame , because it's one of the best type 2 drugs available. And when you stop it and take another diabetic drug , you are entering the danger zone.
Metformin appears to work in three ways. First, it decreases the absorption of dietary carbohydrates through the intestines.
Hope My answer is helpful for you…

shortysmalls 2012-07-05 23:52:05 -0500 Report

hey thanks for letting me know. I did check w ith my dr and was told could switch from taking it in the morning to taking it at night. and it has been helping me not to forget. Thanks alot for your help and answering my question

MAYS 2012-07-05 16:38:26 -0500 Report

How should I take metformin?

Take metformin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Take metformin with a meal, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Some forms of metformin are taken only once daily with the evening meal. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Metformin is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. It is important to use this medicine regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release metformin tablet (Glucophage XR). Swallow the pill whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office. Visit your doctor regularly.

Check your blood sugar carefully during a time of stress or illness, if you travel, exercise more than usual, drink alcohol, or skip meals. These things can affect your glucose levels and your dose needs may also change.

Your doctor may want you to stop taking metformin for a short time if you become ill, have a fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency.

Ask your doctor how to adjust your metformin dose if needed. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.

Your doctor may have you take extra vitamin B12 while you are taking metformin. Take only the amount of vitamin B12 that your doctor has prescribed.

Store metformin at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.