Hi Dee. Just wondered if u know how fntn is? Sorry if this post is misplaced but can't seem to find him and kinda worried. Thx. K....
My husband passed away 1/21/2015 from cirrhosis ,,,about 5 years ago they took him by ambulance from work to the hospital,,,He had severe liver infection the doctors said was from the metformin,,,he was in ICU 4 days and they switched him to glipizide,,,The liver infection from the metformin caused the cirrhosis which killed him,,,,Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with diet and since his illness I have done a lot of research,,,,metformin will kill you,,maybe not this year or the next but it will win,,,
Thank you very much. I appreciate your responses
Just thought you might want to see what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the "desirable" cholesterol levels are:
As I am not a doctor, I don't like to give someone advice. Everyone is different.
So this is my advice: Continue to do your research and listen to your body. Also, get labwork done more often to make sure everything is okay.
Good luck to you. Hope things start getting better for you soon.
Hi I wanted to come back and thank both of you again for taking the time to respond to my question. I am working on treating the diabetes with diet for now. When I get my next A1C in 6 weeks I will see where I am at that time.
She also put me on Lipitor despite the fact that I had gotten my cholesterol down 65 points.
I did not start the Lipitor yet, I wanted to see how diet might affect the cholesterol.
The number have been changed as well. In the past the goal was under 200. Now I am being told the goal for diabetics is under 140.
Thank you so much for responding to my question. I am just leery of something that makes me so sick. While it has controlled my sugar and I have lost weight I was concerned.
I think I can do it with diet. I just have to be really careful. So far so good. I have read that the metformin can cause liver and kidney damage so was worried about it, especially since my liver is damaged.
Then when I got so sick had so many side effects I got scared that I might be doing damage to my already damaged liver.
Thank you again
Hi Nan, thanks so much for answering. The doctor I was talking about was my GP, not really confident that she knows enough about the liver. She said I would get used to feeling sick. It was not happening. I started to think that my body was just not working with it when my heart started to beat rapidly and I felt out of breath.
The literature about Metformin says you should not take if you have liver or kidney problems.
Perhaps I can talk to my hepatologist about this problem.
I think something is going on, it doesn't seem to agree with my body.
Thank you again for your response, I have decided to try diet to control the blood sugar. Since I stopped the Metformin a few days ago I am feeling better than I have in weeks.
You mentioned that you spoke to the doctor. Was it your liver doctor or a doctor that specializes in treating patients with diabetes?
I do not know anything about diabetes or Metformin. What I do know is since your liver is cirrhotic, it is very important that you protect it. Your description of how this medicine is affecting you shows that your body is not happy with this medicine. Every person is different. What may be fine for one patient may not not be fine for you. Listen to your body.
Perhaps you can fine some good advice on the Diabetes Community. If you have not seen a doctor specializing in diabetes than you should. If you did and he/she is the one who prescribed this medicine, I would check with the liver specialist. You can also call the manufacturer's medical help line.
Good luck, Dee!