Posted by: Sherry | 2020/03/12


Am I missing something if I stopped Metformin

I've had type 2 diabetes for about 14 years. I needed a full knee replacement and had to get serious about my a1c. Its now 9.6 which is much better than it was. My question. I take Glimepiride 6 mg per day, Ozempic 05. injection 1 x week and .40 units of Tresiba insulin injection once per day. I stopped Metformin a year ago due to gastric upset. Am I really missing something by stopping it? could it work better than anything I'm taking to improve blood sugar levels? My fasting is anywhere between 130-150 and later in the date it runs anywhere from 150-200. Im having a lot of pain due to knee and I'm sure that isn't helping my numbers. Will be getting the surgery in about 3 weeks!

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert
- 2020/03/30


Current glucose levels are not well controlled and they need to be better before you have surgery(to reduce complications). Metformin is a good drug and would help your glucose levels, but the limitation is the gastric side-effects(normally not a big problem and often temporary). I suggest speaking to your doctor about other options to get your glucose levels better before surgery. In the interim I suggest cutting down carbs and increasing water intake

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