Can a non-diabetic stop taking Metformin for a few days?
July 12, 2009 4:11 PM Subscribe
Is it dangerous to suspend taking Metformin for a few days for a non-diabetic?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (11 answers total)
I have been taking Metformin for a few months. My doctor wants me to eventually be on 1700 mg a day but to move up slowly. I haven't been able to get above 850 mg (1 pill a day, taken with dinner) because of the terrible stomach side effects. Basically, most days I have diarrhea several times a day, a little while after I eat anything.
I have read the other questions about how to avoid side effects and have followed the advice about things to eat, but, I am still having trouble. I can eat the same thing two days in a row then be fine one day and have trouble the next. There's no rhyme or reason to it.
Luckily I work alone most of the time, but now I have a problem. I am going to a very important business conference next week and I simply cannot run out of meetings constantly to go to the bathroom. My absensce would definitely be noted and while I suppose I could explain my problem as medication side effects, it would be much better if I didn't have trouble at all.
Basically I want to stop taking the Metformin for a few days, until I return from my conference.
I have appointments with my doctor and a nutritionist set up to talk about this but of course I couldn't get in until after I come back. I am NOT DIABETIC!! (Making that bold so people would see it.) I take the Metformin due to a hormone imbalance and have never had an abnormal blood sugar reading. I guess the point is to keep me from being diabetic.
Has anyone ever done this? Does it even stop the side effects immediately? I don't want to have a blood sugar rebound problem either.
Also, any other advice would be great. If I could keep taking the Metformin but avoid the stomach problems I would.