Diabetes Medicine

All type 1 diabetes and some type 2 diabetes patients manage diabetes with Insulin injections. The blood sugar levels can be controlled by taking oral antidiabetic medicines like sulfonylureas, meglitinides, biguanides, thiazolidinediones, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, etc.

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How effective is Metformin 1000 mg a day in controlling sugar levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my glucose over 600 mg/dL for about a month. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They put me on Metformin 500 mg twice daily. I have been taking it for almost two weeks, and my fasting glucose levels are not going under 300 mg/dL. I do not have the doctor's a...  Read Full »


Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Going by your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it looks like you need an increase in the dose of medication. Your doctor may either choose to increase the dose of Metformin or to add another new drug to the exi...  Read Full »

My father is diabetic and has acquired COVID infection. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,My father has been suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure for four years. He has got infected with COVID -19. His blood sugar level has been above 300 mg/dL for the last three days, even after taking medicines on time. I am sharing his current medications with you.1.Tablet Glyc...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Increased blood sugars are a known complication of COVID, especially in diabetes. Mostly it is due to steroid use, but there are other factors as well. However, there is no need to worry, we need to add a f...  Read Full »

Can diarrhea be related to low blood sugar levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a type 2 diabetic, and today I had a low blood sugar episode. I woke up from a nap and my blood sugar had dropped to 80. My fasting blood sugar is usually around 110. After I ate something and started feeling better, I had bad diarrhea. Is it somehow linked to my low blood sugar? ...  Read Full »


Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern about sugar levels. As you mentioned that you were diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes, could you specify for how long you have been having it? Please get your diabetes medications rechecked if you have not done so ...  Read Full »

What do HbA1c of 8 and fasting glucose of 140 signify?

Query: Hello doctor, My HbA1c is 8 and fasting glucose is 140. My urine microalbumin to creatinine ratio is 116. What do these values mean?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have diabetes because both blood sugar fasting and HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) are in the diabetic ranges. You also have microalbuminuria. You have not mentioned what medications you taking because both blood sugar and microalbuminuria can be controll...  Read Full »

Do I have vomiting and weakness because of my new diabetic medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, Will my new diabetic medications cause vomiting and fatigue? I have been taking only Metformin for ten years, but my sugar levels have recently increased to 360 mmol/L. So now my medications have been changed to Voglibose and Glimepiride. I have been taking them for a week. I am now exper...  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Usually, most oral anti-diabetes drugs are very well tolerated. But occasionally, some patients may have side effects like gastrointestinal disturbances, which include nausea, vomiting, loose motions, acidity, etc. Glimepiride invariably does...  Read Full »

Does my relative take the correct dosage for his diabetes medication?

Query: Hi doctor,I am sending a few doubts of my relative, who is suffering from diabetes and HTN. They have a strong case history of CKD in the family. For diabetes, the patient was taking the following medicines. A combination of Metformin 850 mg and Glimperide 1 mg in the morning and a combination of Me...  Read Full »


Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hi Sir, First, I wanted to be clear. 1. Is he still taking Glimepiride and Metformin? 2. Tiban is Teneligliptin, which I do not prescribe much. But it is safe to take 20 mg twice daily. Also, it is safe to take once daily in a person with kidney problems. 3. Metformi...  Read Full »

Why is my husband's sugar level consistently high despite taking medicines?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has diabetes for the last 10 years. He is currently on Amaryl M1. He is living a sedentary lifestyle. For the past few months, the sugar level is always high despite the medication. The fasting blood sugar value was around 169, a week back. His other tests like triglycerides...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would suggest a stepwise approach. As the blood glucose level is not controlled on Amaryl M 1, increase the dose to Amaryl M 2 (Glimepiride and Metformin), one tablet in the m...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take tablet Metformin to prevent diabetes and decrease body weight?

Query: Hello doctor, I read over the internet that tablet Metformin helps decrease the weight and prevents the onset of diabetes. Both my parents are diabetics and I weigh 70 kg. Hence, I want to use Metformin for diabetes prevention and weight loss. Yesterday, I took 500 mg and I do not feel any problem...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Upadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you do not take the tablet if you are not clinically diagnosed as diabetic as it could lead to serious problems. I would strongly advise you to not to take it anymore. To prevent diabetes, one has to change the lifestyle like diet, and have to do exercise or ...  Read Full »

Is it ideal to alter the dosage of medicines in a chronic diabetes patient?

Query: Hello doctor, My 73-year-old father is suffering from type 2 diabetes from the age of 7. He has undergone angioplasty. His fasting level is 140 and the postprandial level is 320 after taking Glimepiride 2 mg and Metformin 500 mg once a day. Should I increase his dose once to twice daily?  Read Full »


Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your father seems to be on the right kind of medication. His blood sugar levels are not controlled, so he definitely requires a revision of prescription. Since he is having other coexisting medical conditions, it would not be a good idea to ...  Read Full »

Are my low sexual drive and lack of energy due to uncontrolled diabetes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had diabetes for the last five years, and I also have depression. I am taking tablets Glimepiride, Metformin, and Voglibose for diabetes. But I lack energy and stamina, and my sexual power is low. Kindly suggest Unani medicine for these symptoms.  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have seen the details mentioned (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). Your fasting glucose is very high. Postprandial glucose also is 200 mg/dL. The HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) level is not mentioned. Anyways from the glu...  Read Full »

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