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Old 07-20-2012, 23:32   #1
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..... vomit. Sorry there was no nice way to put it. I am also suffering from migraines, muscle aches and severe nausea. I am newly diagnosed and was put on Metformin 500mg 2 x day.I have tried splitting the dose, but right now I can't even eat. When I do take it, I take it with food. I am so depressed about all of this. I have children to take care of. My fasting blood was 180, my A1C was 6.9. I take blood pressure meds, cholesterol meds, lyrica, pain meds and Wellbutrin because I also have Fibromyalgia and arthritis. I know that I will be asking for the slow release Metformin, but in the meantime is there anything I can do? My sugars are running around 130, but have spiked twice to 200 which I know is dangerous. Please help, I am about ready to give up on this med.

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I am sorry you are feeling poorly because of Metformin. I was mis-diagnosed as Type 2 in 2003 and given Metformin straightaway. It made me so sick that I could not get out of bed. I complained to the Doctor and he gave me a prescription for Meclizine - which is now available over the counter as a anti-motion sickness medicine here in the US.

I took that for almost 6 months before the nausea began to go away. Like you, I had other physical problems too and my Doctor said Metformin was a good medicine thought to protect the kidneys. I was taking 500 mg twice a day. My current Endocrinologist would like me to take 1,000 mg twice a day. Even though I've been taking it for 9 years, I am experiencing nausea with the dose increase.

Call your doctor and tell him/her that you are really sick with this medicine. Or at the very least, talk with the Pharmacist where you got your medicine. Someone should be able to help you. Stay in touch.

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Some people do have a severe reaction to metformin. You may need to find another drug or even go directly to insulin if you are super sensitive to the oral meds. How is your diet? Are you watching your carbs? Many type 2's can't handle more than 10-20 carbs per meal. You might find that curtailing your carbs helps with your bg spikes. Also I found when I was on a statin drug it somehow interfered with the metformin and gave me severe side effects.

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Metformin at 750/day did not bother me much. I have now quit taking for a week and doing OK unless doc says get back on it I will likely stay off it.

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Thanks to all. I do have a question, if I do eat too many Metformin will it make me sick? I will try to call the doctor for a nausea medicine. Of course it being Saturday who knows. I am still trying to muddle my way through the low carb thing.

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I take the max amount of metformin- 2550 mg. As long as I eat low carb, I do OK. But if I eat a meal with a lot of carbs, especially processed ones I get that sick feeling. In the beginning you will have lots of cravings for carbs but try not to give in. It is when I give in to these craving that I end up with that sick feeling. Also try to include more natural fiber in your meals. This should help with some of the side effects.

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What help me was berberine hcl https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berberine is sold as a supplement by Swanson it’s from Chinese herb it control diarrhea and stomach problems it also lower blood sugar has been used along with metformin in type 2 diabetics(You may need to reduce your dosage). Also drinking mint tea help me with the nausea also.

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Thanks to all. I do have a question, if I do eat too many Metformin will it make me sick? I will try to call the doctor for a nausea medicine. Of course it being Saturday who knows. I am still trying to muddle my way through the low carb thing.
Going over the prescribed dose of any medication is generally not something you should do. Do try to discuss it with your doctor first of all.

To help answer some of your questions, particularly on low carb, do have a look at Blood Sugar 101 The author, Jenny Ruhl is a type 2 diabetic and her site is packed with helpful information on managing all aspects of the condition. Well worth a look.

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Twice I had vomiting with metformin.

It wasn't like "regular' vomiting. It started with a lot of gas, and a feeling there was something rotten in my stomach. This feeling would start hours to 1-2 days before the vomiting began, which was a violent vomiting. I noticed I was throwing up undigested pills, including the metaformin!

Well, I don't have the sources, but I read metformin can cause a decrease in the production of stomach secretions. In my case, it seemed to almost totally shut it down! In such cases, the stomach can form what's called beazors (sp), little balls of undigested stuff, which can plug up the exit from the stomach into the small intestine. This can cause vomiting, or sudden emptying into the SI, a sort of gastric dumping.

I tried metformin 3x, always the same reaction. I'm now trying glyburide, hope it works!

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I had to stop metformin suddenly after being on it for 5 years due to violent nausea and vomiting. The day I stopped was the day the symptoms went away and I never went back as a result. Am on insulin pump now and never felt better!

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