Getting off metformin

Posted by baroberts @baroberts, Apr 29, 2023

I have recently been told by my dr that I have cured diabetes. I have been taking two 500 mg of metformin twice a day. He told me to decrease that dosage in half. Is there anything I should be aware of in weaning off metformin?

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@baroberts, you're wise to inquire what to anticipate what to expect when weaning off metformin. @cehunt57 and @beancat425 may have thoughts and experiences to share.

I also found this article that might be helpful
- Stopping Metformin: Side Effects, Risks, and How to Stop:

Congratulations for getting your diabetes into remission. Beside discontinuing metformin, did your doctor recommend any lifestyle choices like diet to help stay in remission?


You might experience ability to eat a wider variety of foods, like those with gluten/tomato/etc, and your gastroparesis, acid reflux, diarrhea and nausea may reduce or be eliminated. I was also on two 500mg twice a day, now none and my HA1c is 5.0.
Wishing you the best of health!


I can beat that… my intake for many years was 1000mg2x day Metformin… diarrhea, gastro reflux, gastritis, etc. Stopped Metformin cold Turkey and symptoms resolved and in addition to that - instead of daily insulin shots- now I only take insulin when my numbers rise dramatically on my Continuous GlucoseMonitor (only 2 times this month)!
Metformin has its place for new type 2, but needs monitoring as years go by! Thanks Annabelle for sharing your experience with Metformin. 🙂

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