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borisnatasha
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   Posted 3/25/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I had something very interesting happen today. I forgot to take my morning medication. I took my usual metformin but forgot to take my diamicron MR (90 mg).
I did not discover this until supper when I went to take my supper dosage of metformin and realized I had taken my pm medication at breakfast. What I found odd was that my numbers were really not bad throughout the day. Only slightly higher than they normally would be.
My question is... does the diamicron build up in your system or does it just work on a daily basis?
This med is new for me... I have only been taking it since the beginning of last December and I started at 30 mg, was increased to 60 mg, and then again to 90 mg in the past month. The higher dosages haven't made a huge difference to my numbers.

LanieG
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   Posted 3/25/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I'm not sure.  It's possible there's still some residual traces of the diamicron in the system.  You might ask the pharmacist or your doctor or check out the med's website.  I can't imagine a med like that in circulation around for more than 24 to 48 hours before it leaves your body but, again, you should talk to those health professionals. 
Lanie
 
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borisnatasha
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   Posted 3/25/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply. If it doesn't stay in your system for more than the 24 hours then it must not be doing much for me when I do take it since my numbers have been pretty comparable without it.
It makes sense it doesn't stay in the system for more than 24 hours since I take the same dosage every morning at breakfast. If there was a build up then I would be getting way too much over time.
I will ask my doctor next time I see him.

LanieG
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   Posted 3/25/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
That's what I was thinking.  Since you take it everyday, it shouldn't hang around your system much more than a day because you'd be taking it on top of what's still in your system and eventually you'd have way high levels of the med.  I believe when the medication is produced in a certain dosage, they keep that in mind, just as when we take antibiotics, the goal is to keep a certain level of the drug in the body.  Still, who knows how long the residual effect would be when you stop the drug.  It may differ with the medication and the person.  Nothing is ever simple, right?  But - some things can change the need for the med.  Losing weight, increase or decrease of activity, change in diet, etc. can all affect this, so it's important to monitor what we can and report this to the doctor.  Good luck!
Lanie
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/25/2010 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd call the pharmacy, as Lanie said. Those guys just love telling you how meds work and what they do. AND they are actually more knowledgeable than your doc about the meds. idea
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borisnatasha
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   Posted 3/26/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Great information and advice ladies! Thanks and I will speak to the pharmacist.

After a full day without the medication it was interesting to note that my BG levels were about the same as they would have been with it. I haven't been feeling like the medication was working
very well, even with increased dosages, and this kind of supports that theory.

I have my next lab work and doctor appointment early April so I will be mentioning this to my doctor and diabetic educator for sure.
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