(Closed) Metformin question

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 Metformin has a half-life of around 7 hours for a single tablet. It takes approximately five half-lives for the body to eliminate a dose of a medication. What this means is that the entire dose will be out of your system in about 35 hours. This does not mean that you can change how you take the medication because most of the active medication is contained in the first 7 to 14 hours, what gets out of your system after that is usually the metabolites or inactive ingredients of that tablet. For example, the dosing is usually twice a day for the non-extended release form of metformin. By taking the medication every 12 hours you keep a steady level of active medication in your system.

 

Get in the habit of placing your evening meds in a cute little container- a small ring box-something open- and place it on the dinner table right where your place setting will go.

You really should be taking it as prescribed.

 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Or, set an alarm on your phone or get an app that reminds you to take your meds?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

From what I understand, there is a  reason they are spread out, and as always, if your doc perscribes something a certain way, that is how it needs to be taken! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@bunny:  Most docs I work for say it would be okay to take it two tabs at one dose, however I agree with the previous post, there’s a reason they want you on that dose at that time and it’s designed to work with two separate dosing.  Can I ask if you are diabetic or just taking it as precautionary for pre-diabetes? You don’t hafta say if you don’t want. My last A1c was borderline borderline.. I want to start Metformin to bring it down because I’ve tried diet and it just isn’t working.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@bunny:  I used a phone alarm for mine.  Otherwise, I forgot all the time!  I also had a pill box so I could check if there was any question whether I had taken it or not. 

Post # 10
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I tend to have mine sitting right next to my toothbrush. So, if I don’t remember to take it when I eat dinner, I remember to have it before bed. That works for me!

(I always remember the morning one, since I take it with prenatals.)

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I take it twice a day, and honestly I take it at various times depending on when I eat. If I’ve had a full breakfast then I’ll take it then, the the second at dinner. However, most days I take it at lunch and bedtime because I tend to not eat a huge breakfast each day. It makes me sick if my stomach isn’t full and by lunch my belly is full enough to tolerate it. I  have a a pill case that I keep it in along with my allergy meds and vitamins. I take those at night, so I just put the Metformin in the PM case so I won’t forget. I have forgotten to take it a time or two and I just start fresh the next day. I take it for PCOS, not diabetes, so my body doesn’t necessarily HAVE to have it; so, missing one every now and then has no effect on me. I do know agirl who takes both of hers at night and says she has zero problems. Hope this helps 🙂 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

When I stared on 3 pills a day, my doc told me to work up to taking them all at once.  It’s only because I can’t stomach all 3 that I space mine out.  I do, however, have to use an alarm to take it both times!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@bunny:  Okay, thanks!!! Just curious… =)

Post # 15
Bee
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@bunny:  Definitely not just you!!!! 😉

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sorry I know I am late to the game, but I second the phone alarm idea.  I do that with my mid-day dose (I am horrible at remembering that one).  I take it 3 times per day so 1 with each meal (500 mgs each).  Definitely don’t double up though.  My doctor said if I was really having trouble remembering that he could put me on an extended release Metformin, but he didn’t want to.  He said the non-extended release was more effective.

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