metformin reaction

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today I feel so ill recently had my metformin increased from 1050mg to 2000mg have been feeling very unwell since, today is much worse. I have phoned my surgery and the receptionist refused to let me speak to a doctor and diabetes nurse day off. I have called 111 and have been waiting now 2 hours to speak to a clinician I really am at a loss as to what to do next. I also have a widespread very itchy bumby rash'

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    That's 1000mg twice a day?

    It's a common dose.

    Before you were taking 500mg twice a day, and that was OK?

    Of course you can go back to taking the smaller dose, at least until you can talk to support.

    If those are standard metformin tablets you can cut them in half, but if they are the fancy time-release then I don't know, I don't think you want to cut those.

    What are your BG readings?

    Of course your illness may not even be related to the metformin.

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    Here are the side effects of Metformin:

    Side Effects

    Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, weakness, or a metallic taste in the mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. If stomach symptoms return later (after taking the same dose for several days or weeks), tell your doctor right away. Stomach symptoms that occur after the first days of your treatment may be signs of lactic acidosis.

    You could try a standard stomach remedy like pepto bismol. Vitamin E can also help.

    I also get stomach issues when I up my Metformin dose. It also makes me dizzy. I always take every medication with food and water. Never ever on an empty stomach. Never with coffee. Keep us updated to how you are doing.

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