Hi, Bear! Long time no see - glad to have you back
Before I was correctly diagnosed as Type1, I spent almost 2 years on ever increasing doses of Metformin, Actos, Avandia, and Glyburide. The one "combo" pill I tried was Avadamet. Aside from none of the mentioned doing anything to bring my BGLs in line (because I was Type1), the only side effects I experienced were the gastrointestinal ones. Sorry I can't be much help here.
My cholesterol levels though, especially as a Diabetic, warranted meds to correct, according to their guidelines. I did try both Lipitor & Crestor, 5mg/day, each for about
6 months. Statins do not agree with me and more importantly, all the research I did (on statins and cholesterol), clearly indicated to me that there was no valid reason I should be on them. I am however, currently on 10mg/day of Ezetrol (Ezetimibe), which is a cholesterol absorption inhibitor that works with the intestines as opposed to the liver like statins. It lowers cholesterol levels by decreasing the body's ability to absorb cholesterol. My levels are normal right now but, I would be curious to see if they went up or stayed the same if I went off them?? One thing is certain, they're a heck of lot lot less expensive than statins (cents vs. dollars) and I've suffered not a side effect.
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus