I have been prescribed Metformin and I am wondering, how soon after beginning this medication, will I start to feel relief from the symptoms of my diabetes. Being insulin resistant I feel worse after eating yet if I don't eat I feel bad too. So I would like to know if this starts working right away or if you have to adjust to it?
There are 2 types Metformin one is Extended release (ER) and one is not so that may have some bearing on it. Also remember that it takes a bit when starting any new drug for it to get into the system and work.
I started my metformin and Yes i felt some relief however I also done a lot of other things as well as start medication. i started watching my carb intake and only eating 25 carbs a meal and 15 a snack. This helped a great deal. My numbers were in the 400 range and my A1C was 12% So i was way up there
My numbers are now 125 to 145 and my last A1C was 7% which was 6 months ago.
I know all too well wanting to feel better but believe me however it may take a lil bit of time One of the Best things I did after discovering my Diabetes was looking up a Diabetic Education class My doctor CLAIMED he educated me ecven went so far as to charge the Government (medicaid) for Diabetic Education However he NEVER told me anything. i went to a class held at the local Hospital and they taught me a LOT and gave me books and everything I would advise you to do a search and see if your city has a diabetic Education class If your insurance will not cover it most offer a free one
here are some links that may help you locate one
also a diabetic support group can be helpful to I belong to one in person and I also know of a couple online
this link has both education and support groups as well as loads of other great info
Hope this helps
I too take metformin my friend and it took me sometime to actually feel anything. I been on metformin since 1998 and I am on lantis insulin too. And with both, I feel great but still get that darn diabetic fatigue here and there. I wonder if the dosage would have something to do of how metformin would make a person feel though. Hope you get to feeling better
I can see here that I am in good company. I just got diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 last week and I have been on metformin 2x 500mg a day and since then my sugar has gone down well its been up and down like a roller coaster but the numbers have been going down. I was at 250 last week but after starting this medication it now averages about 150. I have yet to see the diabetes Doc next week but I can imagine with diet changes etc that I should be getting a whole lot better. What is not so good is that I have been under Drs care for the last 6 years and since moving north and getting with a new Dr he caught it. Seems my blood sugar has been high for the last three months. Makes me wonder why my other Docs didn't see that my blood sugar was high. Oh well. So for me yes it seems to be working right away but stay away from sweets! I see a lot of sugar free stuff so we do not have to suffer without the sweet stuff but that real sugar is a poison now. Good luck to you and Happy Holidays!!!
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