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    An_256186 posted:
    Guess I am getting short term memory loss. I do not know if I took my metformin 850 this morning . it is now 3 hours after lunch, my reading is 112, should I wait to take pill tomorrow? or should I monitor my readings and take it if it gets over 140?
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    mrscora01 responded:
    Metformin does not work that way. It doesn't lower your blood sugar fast like insulin. it takes time to build up in your system, and once effective it prevents your liver from releasing glucose. While I'm not a doc, I do take a variety of pills for other issues (including transplant) and my directions have always been to simply take my next dose at the appropriate time. That is what I would do with the met.

    Cora
    T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008
     
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    auriga1 responded:
    Agree 100% with Mrs. Cora. If you look up metformin, it's actions are basically helping your body utilize the glucose in your bloodstream, specifically your skeletal muscles. Taking your metformin if your BS goes over 140 will not lower it.

    When your glucose goes up, the only thing that will bring it down immediately would be insulin, a rapid-acting insulin that acts to prevent your glucose from rising when you eat carbs.

    The wisest thing would be to take your metformin at the same time every single day. Set an alarm on your watch or your phone if you have an alarm on either.

    The same goes for most medications. I take my BP pills at the same time every day. I also use a basal insulin (which has 24-hr. action) and take it at the same time every day.
     
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    dianer01 responded:
    I am a day late here, I do agree with the previous posts about taking the med at the same time each day and not taking more until your next scheduled dose.

    What I really wanted to say was go to the drugstore and spend a dollar on a pill minder. I take meds and supplements. Each Saturday I set up my pill minder for the upcoming week. One for the morning and one for the evening. I just have to look at the little compartment for that day to see if I have taken my meds. They are useful even if you only take 1 pill per day as you can actually see if you have taken it or not. No more confusion.
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