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Q: may you take metformin after a meal with food

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Cherise Nicole, Health Guide
11/ 3/08 9:28pm

Aaron-

 

Hello! I am not a Doctor or a Pharmacist, speaking from my own experience when I took metformin I was told to take it before each meal. I forgot I would take the pill w/ food. I would like to give you a link to out Drug Information on Metformin. It will list storage information, side effects and much more. Click here, you should also consult with your physician. He or she may have a specific time when you need to take it. I hope it helps answer your question.

 

Cherise

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Bernadette Boller, Community Member
11/ 3/08 7:28am

I take metformin right away after a meal. I have forgotten occasionly. Then I eat something and then take it.

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george mack, Community Member
11/ 6/08 12:23pm

no .befor for you eat

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george mack, Community Member
11/ 6/08 12:24pm

no

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julie, Community Member
11/ 6/08 12:49pm

my biggest problem is eating in the "mornings" with my metformin. suppertime isent so bad, but im not a morning eater. sometimes i take it alone without food, and i notice no difference in my numbers, nor does it upset my stomach. most times i grab something...anything just to have a bit of food with it.

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par0thed, Community Member
11/ 6/08 12:59pm

I've been taking metformin for about 18 months...The prescribing info I have is to take it with a meal...Didn't matter whether it was before, during or right after as long as it is with a meal...

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Heather, Community Member
11/ 6/08 1:05pm

It  should be taken before a meal.

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Heather, Community Member
11/ 6/08 1:05pm

It  should be taken before a meal.

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Mom, Community Member
11/ 6/08 1:18pm

My Drs. have always told me to take it after eating or at bedtime.  To the person who is not a morning eater, my 15 year old high school student cannot take it in the am because she starts school so early and eats in first hour, they actually put her on a time release dose that she takes after dinner.  I have had 2 endocrinologists adult and a pediatric one that says to take metformin after a meal.

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Sudie530, Community Member
11/ 6/08 1:56pm

I take both Metformin and Januvia.  My doctor told me to take before a meal but, the pharmacist told me to take both of the pills with my meal morning and evening.

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Typsi53, Community Member
11/ 6/08 2:01pm

I have been taking Metformin for 8 years and have always been told by my doctor to take it with food.  It doesn't matter if you take it before, during, or after a meal as long as you eat something when you take it.

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Risingspirit, Community Member
11/ 6/08 2:13pm

I have found in my own life that in order to keep my blood sugar from spiking way past 200 with simple things like oatmeal, I need to take my metformin 1-2 hours before I eat breakfast.  If I wait and take it only a few minutes before I eat, my blood sugar spikes terribly and I feel very bad for a couple of hours, i.e. shakes, heart pounding.  Following the aforementioned regimen will result in my blood sugar actually dropping lower than my fasting blood sugar within 2 hours of eating.  I take Metformin 500mg BID.  Dinnertime generally isn't a problem, but I still take the Metformin at least 30-45 minutes before I actually start eating to give the medication time to get in the GI tract and start doing its thing.  I have run the gamut of trying to time the administration of Metformin, and taking it in this manner works great for me and I feel much better physically and can do more in a day's time.  Hope this answer helps. Smile

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deborah, Community Member
11/ 6/08 5:18pm

my husband takes his metformin after meals all the time and 99% of the time his diabetes is under control

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smereau, Community Member
11/ 6/08 6:20pm

I was told by my CDE to take metformin with the first bite of food.  My A1C is 5.6.  I also take Byetta

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Bluelily, Community Member
11/ 6/08 10:34pm

its better before the concept of the pill is not only to keep your levels good but to control your hunger. i find that if you eat it before you seem to get full faster which helps along with portion control.

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Martin Schick, Community Member
11/ 8/08 12:29am

I take metformin in the morning with food and I do fine with it

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Ann Whittemore, Community Member
11/ 8/08 9:53am

My doctor told me to take it after a meal or after food, so it doesn't sit on the stomach. He also said it takes a while to dissolve so taking it with food lessens any upsets and irrations it could have on the stomach.

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salman hasan khan, Community Member
11/ 9/08 10:14am

you should take metformin before meal but if you had forgotten then u can take immediately afterwrds.

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Bobbi, Community Member
11/11/08 12:07am

You need to take it when you eat your break fast and your dinner unless it is prescribed three times a day

Mine is twice and read the pamphlets that the pharmacist gives you with meds that is what they are for to help you take meds and warn you of side affects

But to avoid upset stomach take it with a meal

If you take it by itself you will be on toilet for about half and hour as it is made to push out sugar in your system(liver) and a pooing you will goTongue out

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bluejay68, Community Member
11/24/08 8:20pm

I take one before breakfast and the other at bedtime.

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Drsid, Community Member
2/15/09 2:01am

Hi  i think metformin is ideally taken 10-15in after meals because it enables the aborption of glucose made from food , i guess time difference between appearnce of metformin  in blood  vs. time of appearance of gucose in bloodfrom food u ate makes this timing perfect so it is advisable to take it with  water 10-15min after meals,this drug is known to cause lactic acidosis which might feel like dizziness or vomitting or uneasiness may be fainting(if severe), best is to  time and be regular with medications and your moderate exercise also!Also always check wat drugs cross reacts with metformin somegreatly inc. its toxicity(like some antibioticss)

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Diana pinney, Community Member
5/10/14 12:27am
I am prediabetic. I took my metformin after I ate. What is a normal level in that case? Reply
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By AAron Heller, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/10/14, First Published: 11/02/08