When is Best Time to Take Metformin ???

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When is Best Time to Take Metformin ???


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Old 05-11-2010, 23:45   #1
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My Endo told me he didn't care if I took Metformin prior to, or, following my meals (500Mg). He said to experiment, and as of today, I have yet to find out which way is most beneficial. Also, if I take before dinner, do I take them a set amount of minutes prior to the meal, or, along with the meal. This would also apply to after a meal, Do I wait a set amount of time, or, gobble down the Metformin right after my last bite of tasty morsels of food??

Your experience would be helpful, as my doctors, and the pharmacy have no real, hard-and-fast rules as to what is the best time to take Metformin.

Thanks for any of your wisdom and insight. I'd really like to get the most benefits out of this pill.

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My Endo told me he didn't care if I took Metformin prior to, or, following my meals (500Mg). He said to experiment, and as of today, I have yet to find out which way is most beneficial. Also, if I take before dinner, do I take them a set amount of minutes prior to the meal, or, along with the meal. This would also apply to after a meal, Do I wait a set amount of time, or, gobble down the Metformin right after my last bite of tasty morsels of food??

Your experience would be helpful, as my doctors, and the pharmacy have no real, hard-and-fast rules as to what is the best time to take Metformin.

Thanks for any of your wisdom and insight. I'd really like to get the most benefits out of this pill.

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I take mine in the morning and night...approximately 12 hours apart. I dont think it really matters if it is at a meal or not since it is not a pancreas stimulating drug. The only thing I can think of is that metformin can cause GI upset so maybe taking it with a meal would help. I have been taking it so long now I dont have the GI issues so I take it just whenever.

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The reason nobody has any hard fast rules is because the same rule doesn't work for everyone. You actually DO have to puzzle out what works best for you. The only reason that I know of for taking with food, is if it causes you gastric distress. If you get side effects, then take it with food. If not, then it wouldn't matter if you take it with food or not. I have no ill effects with it, so I take a couple of my doses on an empty stomach, but the midday dose goes down with a meal, since the timing happens to coincide.

Other reasons for certain times would be simply so you don't forget to take it. If it helps you remember to take it when it's mealtime, by all means take it at mealtime. But if you have a handful of pills that you already take in the morning or night on an empty stomach, take it with those (assuming you aren't getting gastric side effects, of course).

If you're taking it with meals, it really doesn't matter if it's before or after - and timing it down to the minute is splitting hairs. The idea is to get it into your stomach & mushed around with all the food so if it DOES cause distress, that effect is blunted - same as with many antibiotics which are prescribed to take with food, since they can upset your stomach. If you'd rather enjoy the lasting flavors of your final bite of food instead of flushing it away taking a pill - for gosh sake take it BEFORE the meal. The only other consideration, and I personally have not experienced this, but some people say extra fatty meals cause them trouble with met.

Metformin doesn't work like insulin or even aspirin; it builds up in your body over a period of days/weeks, and all you're doing now is maintaining that blood level. As long as you're taking it about the same time every day, you should be fine.

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I take 1 pill with breakfast, 1 pill with dinner and 2 before bed. The reason for this is because I get extreme nausea when I take more than 1 pill at a time. With the 2 before bed, I am sleeping during the nausea. I was told to fit my pills to my lifestyle. As long as you are regular you need to find which way is more convenient for you.

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i take mine with food.

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i take mine with food.
Through experience I find that taking it immediately after a meal is best. I take a high dose of this drug (2550mg), but unlike the tiny gliclazide, it does not seem to have any adverse effects. I think even one of the pharmacists was surprised, while another said you can take a high dose with no problem-- the latter was right, for me. BTW, i tried taking gliclazide 30 min. prior to a meal (cutting a tiny 80 mg in half--that is the minimum i think) and often fell into hypos; so i take that one prior to my lunch and supper. My dr. changed it from halves to one per day in the a.m. but I am afraid that will really bring me low so i cut it into two.

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My experience coincides exactly with what Shanny said: it doesn't matter. I've yet to find a correlation between my readings and when I took the metformin. The only thing I know is that the last 4 mornings I forgot to take it (because my breakfast is so irregular) and my fasting number has crept up to 100. But, when I would occasionally miss one dose my meter didn't reflect it. As always YMMV.

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Hi righteousdude2,
Well it depend upon your condition. Some takes 1 tablet and some take 4/5 tablets in a day.
If you have advised to take 1 doze I will prefer take in early morning.
Better ask your doctor who advised you metformin.

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I think you have to try different times and see what works best. I rarely take mine with meals. I take the maximum - 2550 in 3 doses of 850. I take 2 doses in the morning because that is when my bgs are the highest. I take one as soon as I wake up and the second around 10:30 am. The last one I take right before bed. This is what works for me. I have noticed if the 2nd dose is late my bgs do spike quite a bit.

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Thanks jwags -- Metformin has many benefits and is not the heavy duty bg lowering drug, so it may be more flexible. The pharma blurb is what i'm following, but other scheduling may be worth a try.

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