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Mammatus
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   Posted 6/28/2012 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Am trying this after being on plain old Janumet...anybody notice a significant difference?

LanieG
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   Posted 6/28/2012 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you get some responses.  How has the XR worked for you?  Better or not?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Mammatus
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   Posted 6/29/2012 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Have not noticed anything different yet.

Spookiesmom
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   Posted 6/29/2012 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I posted to this, maybe the fibro fog got me. You should see some improvement, this has metformin in it. You may also get some GI issues from it, try taking it with food if you do.
T2, OmniPod,Fibro,MVP,CAD,4 level cervical fusion, L5_S1 needs fusion, arthritis all over, need 2 knee replacements, Vit D3, and a lot of other meds!

Mammatus
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   Posted 7/11/2012 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Well...turns out the only difference I've noticed between the Janumet I used to take and the new Janumet XR is that janumet XR is considered a "specialty (Tier 4) drug" by my insurance company and they wish to make me pay some ungodly price for it. Old janumet is $5 per month. I did manage to get a free 30-day trial of the fancy-pants Janumet XR but I had to dance on one leg while juggling firey objects while dealing with my pharmacy and insurance company. Gotta love it. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my blood sugar's sky high and efforts to lower it clash with the ongoing efforts to deal with my ulcerative colitis...sheesh. I'm about ready to get really strange and see some oddball "natural" healers locally who have a really psychotic look in their eyes...

LanieG
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   Posted 7/11/2012 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, ugh!  Are you still on the prednisone?  I think you and the doctor should talk about changing the diabetes meds for better control.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating

Spookiesmom
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   Posted 7/11/2012 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
The pred is known to jack up glucose. Get with doc and try something else, or possibly insulin if the pred is to be long term.
T2, OmniPod,Fibro,MVP,CAD,4 level cervical fusion, L5_S1 needs fusion, arthritis all over, need 2 knee replacements, Vit D3, and a lot of other meds!

Mammatus
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   Posted 7/12/2012 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on insulin. For now, I can't go below a certain amount of prednisone or my colitis explodes. And, yes, this makes my blood sugar skyrocket. I am to start new colitis meds next week and will, hopefully, get off the prednisone and insulin if everything balances out. We'll see...it's just that treatment for diabetes and colitis don'r gel well together.

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 7/12/2012 1:39:46 PM (GMT-6)


Judy2
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   Posted 7/12/2012 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Your blood sugar is sky high and hard to get down because of the pred. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Yes, if it can't be managed with oral meds insulin is the trick. Perhaps if you can get off the pred, you will be able to go back to an oral medication again, as these have fewer long-term side effects.

How long have you been on steroids? I hope you'll be able to get off soon. I finally got off after starting Remicade, but even before they were giving me diabetes and osteonecrosis but not stopping my colon inflammation.

I also find the dietary management tricky sometimes. The standard recommendation for diabetics is heavy on the veggies, plenty of fiber and low carb. For most of us UC-er's, this would be suicidal. So we have to find the balance that works the best for us. Now in remission I can eat a moderate amount of fiber and fresh fruits and veggies, but the really zero carb things like salad I have to limit.

I'm sure you know the third leg of the diabetes treatment stool is exercise. Sometimes this can also be a real problem because of the fatigue that comes with IBD. But if you can exercise, I've found that has almost more effect on my blood sugar than anything else.

(And just a gentle reminder than our forum administrator asks that we not discuss medical cannabis use.)

I really hope you can get some relief and get off the pred. My glucose readings came down about 20 to 20 points when I came off (after going up about 50 when I started the pred.) Hopefully yours will decline also.
Ulcerative colitis diagnosed in 2001; symptoms as early as 1992. In remission since 2006 with Remicade.
Inflammatory osteoarthritis; osteonecrosis from steroids
Grave's disease successfully treated with radioactive iodine and now on Levothyroxine.
Type II diabetes induced by steroids.
Meds: Remicade, Colazal, Levothyroxine, Mobic, Metformin

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Mammatus
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   Posted 7/14/2012 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I was only joking about the medical weed. I've been on prednisone for about 3 months while dealing with costs of needed tests not covered well by my insurance. Yes, I hope to be able to get on a new colitis medicine (Imuran is next on deck) after Lialda stopped working so as to hopefully get off the steroids AND insulin. We'll see what haoppens. I exercise relgiously...cardio and weights 4 or 5 days per week...and, yes, this sucks when you feel like crap. I have, so far, found that diet makes NO difference for me (colitis-wise). On the bright side, all my money being spent on medical visits, tests and meds are contributing to our economy! It could be worse...I could have no insurance, no job...and, God-forbid...Mitt Romney could be in office, enslaving people like me and letting the poor die like he and his Ayn Rand ilk feel they deserve.
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