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Old 03-07-2014, 21:50   #1
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Hi my name is Bryan and I am new to the forums.

I have been given 500mg of metformin to take once a day to start for insulin resistance. Currently this is the third day and I have a horribly upset GI tract, and my arms/legs feel like lead weights with extreme fatigue. I have heard an alternative is NAC, that does not have these same sides. Is this a valid alternative?

NAC = N-acetylcysteine or N-acetyl-L-cysteine

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I'm not familar with NAC but Metformin is the safest drug we know for treatment of diabetes. I'm one of the lucky ones... regular MET doesn't bother me! Ask your Doctor for the extended release version of Metformin... much easier on your GI tract. In the mean time, make sure to take your MET with or after a meal. It should help a bit.

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Hi Bryan and Welcome to the forum.

As Steve has said Metformin is the safest diabetic drug and trying the extended release type may alleviate any gastric upset.

NAC is an antioxidant (pushed by Dr. Oz as a miracle supplement) and should not be used as an alternative to Metformin.

Incidentally, the side-effects of NAC are nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Hello and welcome, Bryan. The information from Steve and Freya is correct - NAC is not a substitute for metformin, but the extended version of metformin is prob'ly all you need.

Now if you please, go to our Introductions board, start a new thread and tell us more about yourself and how you manage your diabetes.




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I've taken NAC as support for the liver, but I haven't heard of it for diabetes. In the dose I take (600 mg), I don't have any side effects, but I take it with food. (I'm not sure it's even effective that way.)

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Thanks for all the replies / help. Is it normal to feel absolutely tired/fatigued out of my mind on 500mg 1x/day Metformin? Ie, will I get used to it or should I stop it like my Dr said when I called today and see an Endocrinologist ?

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Metformin has never had that effect on me and I've taken it for five years - am now taking 2550mg per day. High blood sugar definitely has that effect though - when my blood sugar was high, I fell asleep every time I sat down anywhere.

If I were you, I would request that the doc switch you to the extended release version of metformin . . . metformin XR. That should ease the gastric distress. And if you start cutting out the carbohydrate from your meals and you'll begin to have renewed energy. Carbs are great at causing the heavy listless sleepy symptoms . . . it's called 'carb coma'. Ditch the bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, etc., and replace them with things like avocado, real unprocessed cheese, bacon, nuts like macadamias & pistachios, and other natural unprocessed foods. You'll be surprised at the change.




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Metformin has never had that effect on me and I've taken it for five years - am now taking 2550mg per day. High blood sugar definitely has that effect though - when my blood sugar was high, I fell asleep every time I sat down anywhere.

If I were you, I would request that the doc switch you to the extended release version of metformin . . . metformin XR. That should ease the gastric distress. And if you start cutting out the carbohydrate from your meals and you'll begin to have renewed energy. Carbs are great at causing the heavy listless sleepy symptoms . . . it's called 'carb coma'. Ditch the bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, etc., and replace them with things like avocado, real unprocessed cheese, bacon, nuts like macadamias & pistachios, and other natural unprocessed foods. You'll be surprised at the change.
Thanks for the tips! I will bring that up when I make my appointment. As for the carbs... I'm already pretty low carb since I am gluten free! (I miss pizzza soooo bad)

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Gluten-Free and Low-Carb Are Not The Same

Gluten-free does not necessarily control your blood sugar, so don't take it for granted that you're treating your diabetes just because you're gluten free.




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Gluten-free does not necessarily control your blood sugar, so don't take it for granted that you're treating your diabetes just because you're gluten free.
Indeed! I'm also not eating rice / regular taters as of this week. That's how I found my insulin resistance. I had a meter I used to test myself because I wanted to see if my blood sugar corresponded to feeling tired. I've been testing myself off/on for a good few years but finally saw some spikes of 220 after eating rice/banana

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