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Old 03-14-2013, 05:25   #1
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Hi all, I have been suffering with low energy and headaches for the past two years not knowing what was wrong. 3 weeks ago i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I'm somewhat relieved that at least now know what I'm dealing with - knowledge is power!

Anyway, I started on 750 mg ER of metformin 2 weeks ago and was wondering how long I should allow for my stomach to settle down? Some days I feel weak and nauseous with mild cramps. Also had moments feeling mild hypo but when checking sugar levels my reading is fine.

I'm hoping to heal myself and get back to a normality.

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Welcome! Isn't it a relief to know how to get healthy and get energy back?

If you are eating when taking the metformin, try taking it on an empty stomach, or vice versa. Usually eating fewer carbs reduces the effects as well, but if your BG is fine (under 140) then that's probably not it.

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Hi, Carey, and welcome to the family.

I put up with metformin for about two weeks and then the folks here told me about metformin ER - extended release. When my doctor switched me to it, I had immediate relief from the stomach problems. Not everyone gets relief but most of us do. It's something to consider.

Many people here stuck it out, though, and eventually got used to it, so you have both sides to the story.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask them. Someone will come along and answer them for you.

Again, welcome!

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Welcome! I had a real hard time with the side effects of the Metformin. I never got use to it. It did help control my BS so I kept taking it. When I cut back the intake of carbs in my diet I was able to quit taking the meds. With the advise of folks on this site you may be able to do the same.

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Thank you for your comments. One other symptom I'm experiencing is being quite tired/fatigue since taking metformin. I'm taking slow release pills and I've read that B12 deficiency can be caused by this medication. Something to do with metformin blocks absorption. Apparently B12 shots are the only real solution. Do you have an opinion on this particular subject? Also, do you drink alcohol while taking metformin? The pharmacy recommended being very limited in alcohol consumption.

Lastly my Dr suggested I attend a '101 Diabetes' class at UCSF which I plan to do. Anybody find these useful - the more knowledge the better.

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Thank you for your comments. One other symptom I'm experiencing is being quite tired/fatigue since taking metformin. I'm taking slow release pills and I've read that B12 deficiency can be caused by this medication. Something to do with metformin blocks absorption. Apparently B12 shots are the only real solution. Do you have an opinion on this particular subject? Also, do you drink alcohol while taking metformin? The pharmacy recommended being very limited in alcohol consumption.

Lastly my Dr suggested I attend a '101 Diabetes' class at UCSF which I plan to do. Anybody find these useful - the more knowledge the better.

Thank you again
Don't have any knowledge on the b12 issues so ill just stick the diabetes Ed class. Don't waste your time or money. They'll tell you the ADA diet which is guaranteed to lead to complications and poor control. Just stick to the advice you'll get here and you'll eat better, feel better, and have better control.

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I drink occasionally while on Metformin, but then I never did drink much. My Vitamin B has been ok, but you should have it regularly checked with blood tests, just like you do your A1C.

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My doctor never tested for B12.

I kept reading that B12 might help. I tried oral, sublingual, 500mcg tablets. No improvement. One day I saw 2500 mcg tablets in the store. Tried one. Hmm. A little better. Tried 2. MUCH better, but it wore off. Now I'm trying a B12 patch that I bought online. Haven't really noticed anything. Next time I see my doctor, I'm going to ask about getting tested, though.

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Lastly my Dr suggested I attend a '101 Diabetes' class at UCSF which I plan to do. Anybody find these useful - the more knowledge the better.
Try this web site first. She's a Type 1, but I found it very useful regardless. She has a book version of it on Amazon (both print and electronic) if you don't like reading off the web.

http://www.bloodsugar101.com/

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Lastly my Dr suggested I attend a '101 Diabetes' class at UCSF which I plan to do. Anybody find these useful - the more knowledge the better.
If you do attend the diabetes class, then I'd strongly recommend that you go to an on-line source for accurate diabetes information and education, www.bloodsugar101.com, especially the topic of How To Lower Your Blood Sugar. Then you will be able to evaluate the advice given in the diabetes class and/or your doctor.

When I was diagnosed I chose not to take any medications and to control BG through diet alone, which I have done successfully. But I wasn't all that far into high BG at the time. So, if you need metformin, and can stomach it (pun intended) then it is one of the safer diabetes medications on the market.

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