The Best and Worst Times to take metformin

Please note that this particular post is about my personal experience with metformin. All information provided is not a medical diagnosis or treatment. Please seek a medical professional before attempting anything.

Why is Timing Important for Metformin?

One of the things about taking metformin for diabetes is the timing of it all. We typically monitor our blood sugar levels before we eat and after. The medication we take is supposed to help maintain those levels. So why is timing important?

The timing for when you take metformin helps to maintain regular blood sugar levels. You always want to take metformin with food. If you were to take it on an empty stomach, it would cause some digestive issues, and it may drop your blood sugar.

So when should you take it?

For myself, I take metformin after breakfast and after dinner. Doing so helps maintain my levels for the day and help regulate it at night. These instructions are pretty standard practice. Now depending on your numbers, your Doctor may decide to increase your dose, lower your dose, or add a second medication. I have to have a second drug (Glipizide) which I take 30 minutes before I eat. Metformin and I don’t agree in high dosages.

The worst times to take it?

On an empty stomach. Seriously guys don’t do it. I learned that lesson the hard way once. It kept me up from sleep and in the bathroom for over an hour. I was miserable, and I would hate for anyone else to have to go through that.

Another time that I found (from personal experience) is midday. What I find happens is that my numbers are either regular or too low in the evenings. Then in the mornings, my numbers are higher than normal. I don’t feel well throughout the day. In fact, I feel sluggish. I don’t want to eat in the mornings which leads to my first meal being midday. It just seems to throw my whole body clock off.

Do what works for you.

At the end of the day when you take your meds and how it’s beneficial to you is between you and your doctor. Collaborate together to set the best course of action to get your diabetes under control.

What’s your routine for taking your meds?

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