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    Default Should you take Metformin if you have low Blood Sugar? Help!

    I'm asking for a friend she have PCOS and low blood sugar. She want to know if you can take metformin if your have low blood sugar

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    Hello,

    Of course asking a MD is her best option. Metformin acts in a way to lower your glucose levels and one of the side effects is hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Now if someone taking Metformin already has low blood sugar to begin with the medication might make it even lower. Its best for her to contact her MD. Hope that helps a little
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    Not sure if this answers the question, but I'd get bouts of hypoglycemia if I didn't eat at the right time.

    After being on fortamet, I feel like I don't get those dips so much anymore.

    I've read that these swings can indicate IR.

    I don't test positive for IR but believe that I am.

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    I agree with kimm.

    I used to have low blood sugar chronically--the shakes, headaches, numbness in my fingers/toes, despondent mood, fainting--regardless of my diet.

    Since starting to take the met a year ago, I have only had 2 episodes of low blood sugar, and granted, those were after not eating for 6-7 hours. I think even a normal person would feel shaky.

    I don't know what the test for IR is, but my A1C was 6.6 before met. Now it's 5.2 (at last visit).
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    Default So confused!

    My GP suggested I take Metformin to help with conception. My Endocrinologist
    says not to bother. I also get low blood sugar which leads to migraines-frequently. My period has always been regular and my weight is normal because I monitor my intake. I never actually feel full. Does anyone know what I should look for in my blood work or otherwise to help me to decide to take this medication or not?

    I'm lost!

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    I take metformin specifically for hypoglycemia.

    Metformin acts on your body to make it more sensitive to insulin. It doesn't cause your body to make more insulin. Because of that it works for diabetics and also for hypoglycaemics who have insulin resistance.

    If you you are type II diabetic, and have too little insulin, then it helps your body work better on the small amount of insulin you have. If you are type I diabetic and your body doesn't make any insulin then it won't work at all.

    If you are insulin resistant, your body contstantly makes more insulin than it needs because it can't tell when it has enough. Many people with insulin resistance are also hypoglycaemic because of high insulin levels. Metformin, by making your body more sensitive to insulin, helps your body realise when it has enough insulin so it doesn't constantly make too much. Having a apple shaped body is considered an indication that you may have insulin resistance.

    Low blood sugar can be a side effect of taking Metformin but it would be more common if it were taken by someone who was not either diabetic or insulin resistant. Your doctor should check your insulin levels and/or blood sugar before prescribing metformin. You may be asked to keep a diary of your blood suger levels for a couple of weeks to prove hypoglycaemia.

    A good doctor should also give you information on diet and how often to have meals and snacks to help avoid high and low blood sugar levels.

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