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Jean52

Metformin ER

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Jean52

I have diabetes 2 & have taken different medications for this.  Years ago I was on Metformin and tolerated it for quite a while but then started having severe diarrhea. Recently I was switched to Trulicity, tolerated this for several months & then started having the same problem.  This week my doctor switched me to Metformin ER knowing that I had a problem with the regular Metformin.  I am extremely nervous about taking Metformin ER.  I am retired so a job isn't a concern but I do have several activities that I could not have a reaction like this.  The worst was when I had to take 2 showers to clean up and I absolutely do not want that happening or ANY diarrhea.  What has been your experience with Metformin ER?  I haven't received the prescription as yet but expect it this week. The doctor is trying to find a prescription that will help me to lose weight.

Thank you

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Kit

Hi @Jean52, welcome to the group.

 

I've been on metformin ER for 5 years now.  4 years on 500mg twice a day and the last year 500mg once a day.

 

I never had much of a reaction to it.  The first week or so I went to the bathroom more often than usual but that was about it and after about that week or so I was back to normal.

 

I never tried the other type so I don't know if my reaction would be the same and I've heard that higher carb diets with metformin can make the gastric issues a lot worse,.  Plus dropping your carb count way low can also have a very directly affect in lowering BG levels as well, so its worth trying if you aren't already.

 

I'm currently at around 30g carbs per day.

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adiantum

Hi Jean, Welcome to the forum.

Others here have been pleased with ER  & the only diarrhea issues I can recall them mentioning is if theyve eaten excess carbs.

 

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Jean52

Thank you for your comments.  I am working on lowering my carbs and I'm thinking of joining Weight Watchers.  My daughter joined earlier this year and has lost almost 25 pounds.

Jean

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Kit

Weight Watchers (at least the last time I looked) still tends to lean towards a heavy carb diet.  I personally eat Keto, have for 5 years, and have never looked back.

 

A1C went from 10.4 down to upper 5s/low 4s and has stayed there ever since, and that includes lowering my medication during that process.

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stevenal

I take 1000 mg twice a day.  Make sure you begin with a low dose and increase gradually.

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