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Old 03-23-2016, 02:02   #1
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Hello,

First time, My doctor prescribed me one 1000 mg ER instead of 2 , 500 mg. My pharmacy gave me 1000 MG osmatic, is it same as 1000 MG ER ?

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I see there is much difference in cost of 2 500MG ER tablets Vs one 1000 MG osmatic tablet. Both are generic.. My insurance rejected 1000 MG osmatic table. (could be because of cost). I have asked my doctor to prescribe 2 , 500 mg instead of one 1000 mg ER.

Is there any difference in terms of impact If I take two 500 mg Vs one 1000 mg.?

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This link hopefully will answer your question as to what osmotic means/is: Metformin vs Metformin (MOD vs OSM): What’s the Difference? - GoodRx

It seems (I didn't know either...) osmotic is indeed extended-release.

As to whether 2x 500 ER = 1 1000 ER, I would say they're the same. It could be possible to see a difference if one took 500 mg 2x daily, though I never saw a difference in when I took my metformin, or if I spread out the dosage via morning and evening.

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I am on 2000 MG of Metformin and my doc prescribes them in 500 MG pills (I take 4 of those a day) because of the cost. No difference.

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I am on 2000 MG of Metformin and my doc prescribes them in 500 MG pills (I take 4 of those a day) because of the cost. No difference.
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Actually before 5 months, my A1C was 6.2 . then I came to New York and my new doctor prescribed one 1000 MG , earlier I used to take 2 *500 MG. I started to take one 1000 MG osmotic ( that time insurance covered it). Last week , I had blood test and It was horrible to see my A1C as 8.5. ( life time high).I didn't have any change in dieting, life style except change in medication. Now I am going back to 2*500 MG . Both things happened together -1) Insurance rejected to continue 1000 MG osmotic and my high reading of A1C.

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Looks like you may need to take a closer look at what you are eating. Metformin/osmotic can certainly help, but if you are eating more carbs than your body can process without raising BG, then some of those carby foods may need to go.

Have you ever been on the LCHF way of eating?

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Looks like you may need to take a closer look at what you are eating. Metformin/osmotic can certainly help, but if you are eating more carbs than your body can process without raising BG, then some of those carby foods may need to go.

Have you ever been on the LCHF way of eating?
Yes. I need to watch out. I try my best for LCHF but as a pure vegetarian , Many times, I failed to strict on LCHF.

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Not eating meat/fish, eggs or dairy does make low-carb for diabetes more difficult. What kinds of protein and fats are available to you?

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I am curious as to what everyone has to pay for their metformin if they're not insured?

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