How long does Metformin take to work
Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:49 AM
Posted 13 August 2011 - 11:35 AM
DX 02/2002, Minimed 530G(751) w/CGMS on Humalog
Aspirin 81mg + Lipitor 10mg + Losartan 50mg
09/2015 A1C 5.6 Chol=136 Trig=71 HDL=50 LDL=72
03/2015 A1C 5.6 Chol=141 Trig=71 HDL=44 LDL=83
10/2014 A1C 5.6 Chol=141 Trig=75 HDL=49 LDL=77
05/2014 A1C 5.8 Chol=154 Trig=96 HDL=48 LDL=87
Posted 13 August 2011 - 12:41 PM
I am newly diagnosed and am on Metformin 250 mg in morning and 250 at night. Can you tell me how long this take to work. My glucose readings were very high last week...25 average and now down to 17 average. I believe about 5 is normal. I am on a low carb diet and exercising daily.
Yes, those numbers are very high, and that dose of Metformin is very low, even after it kicks in. In the meantime, I suggest trying to lower those numbers by yourself, through diet and exercise. Cut the carbohydrates out of your diet and do some moderate intensity exercising.
Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:20 PM
7-7-11 A1c 12.8
7-30-11 A1c 10.2
8-19-11 A1c 9.1
9-22-11 A1c 7.8
10-11-11 A1c 7.2
11-10-11 A1c 7.0
12-12-11 A1c 6.8
1-10-12 A1c 6.5
Humulin 100 units 3 times a day
Posted 13 August 2011 - 02:43 PM
Moderate carb diet 40-75 carbs a day
3 T of Coconut Oil daily
Vit D, CoQ10, Melatonin, Multi vitamin, zinc, B 12
Chia Seeds , Flaxseeds, fish oil, biotin,tumeric, Occuvite, chromium and zinc
Exercise- Tennis - 2 hours/week, Power Walking- 2-5 miles most days, Hiking in the summer on trails and in the mountains
diagnosed Feb 2007
Posted 13 August 2011 - 11:44 PM
Diet/Exercise since Aug 2010
1stAug10 : BG 178 Fasting / A1C : 8.00, Oct'10 6.9 / Jan'11 6.4
Apr'11 6.0 / June'11 5.9 / Oct'11 5.8 / Jan'12 5.6 / Apr'12 5.3
Now between 70-125 all the time
Posted 14 August 2011 - 10:22 AM
T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.
Posted 14 August 2011 - 03:17 PM
6/10/11 A1C = 9.8 FBG = 246
8/10/11 A1C = 6.4
11/18/11 A1c = 5.6 FBG = 101
4/24/12 A1C =5.8 FBG = 109
Metformin 1500 mg. ER /day
HCTZ , Trandalapril , Toprol ER
Vit. D, ALA, EPO, Biotin
"Promise me you'll always remember---you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh
Posted 14 August 2011 - 04:58 PM
To answer your question: Metformin helped me from the first week I started taking it.
I actually started my diet and exercise before taking Metformin (about 10 days of diet and 3 months of walking) and while diet helped to lower my BG (from 378 not fasting to 200 fasting) and the whole blood works picture (triglycerides, cholesterol, etc) I saw more improvement after starting Metformin.
I actually started the same dose as you 250x2 (I split my pill in half) and did it for a week with an average BG of 156 and after I started a full dose of 500x2 it went down some more right from that first week to about 130 average. Interestingly that first week of full dose I also saw my first few numbers in 80th and even one in 70th! But then they disappeared for about 3 months till 2-3 weeks ago. I have no explanation for this.
In any case after taking Metformin for about 3 months it seems that my BG numbers went down some more as my latest averages are around 105. But I also continue my low carb diet and am trying to exercise when it’s not too hot.
I agree with previous posters that your dose seems a bit too low and while I think it’s OK at the start as some doctors recommend to start low and gradually increase the dose, I think going up a bit would be not a bad idea in some near future. But decision is yours and your doctor’s. Btw when is your next appointment?