From Van Nuys, California, USA:
I am a 38 year old female who has had type 2 diabetes for three months, and because diet and exercise didn't lower my blood sugar, my doctor put me on Glucophage twice daily. I had high morning fasting readings so we increased to three times per day, but my morning readings are still high. I know it's not the dawn phenomenon because I tested for three days at 3:00 am and did not experience a low, so its also not a rebound effect. Should I take a fourth Glucophage just before I go to bed to keep the medication in my system on a 24-hour basis? Does Glucophage only work when eating a meal (i.e., lunch or dinner)?
It is unlikely that the Glucophage [metformin] is not at high enough concentrations in your blood. Given just twice a day, this should be adequate. In addition, the manufacture of Glucophage has now made an extended release version of the drug that can be given only once a day. If your dose is over 2 grams per day, it is probably appropriate to add an additional agent. This should be discussed with your physician.
Original posting 16 May 2003
Posted to Pills for Diabetes
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:46
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