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I've run out of Metformin

Hi, I'm new here. I've had diabetes type 2 for about8 years. I take Metformin twice a day and I forgot to get my repeat prescription. It's Saturday evening & I can't get to my doctor until Monday. Has anyone else been in this position? I'm not sure if I need to be worried about it.

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Can you call the doctor's office and ask for a prescription to be written or sent by fax to a pharmacy?

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I can do that on Monday to get a prescription straight away. I don't want to call the locum unless it's urgent and I doubt that it's that urgent. I'm just a bit worried because it hasn't happened to me before. All I really need is advice but since NHS direct closed I don't know who to ask.

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you can buy prescription medicine here from this licensed U.K pharmacy without a prior prescription (as long as you're not in the U.S) if you do their online consultation trustrxmeds.com

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Guessing you have an out of hours service..like a drop in centre. Or call nhs direct they r best place to advise....I take insulin at bedtime and as its gestational it's taken a few weeks to get the right dose....I nearly ran out never been prescribed so much stuff ever!

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Unfortunately NHS direct has closed. The new number is 111 but it seems to be for more urgent cases.

However, I've been looking up Metformin and it looks as if it won't be too bad if I only miss for a couple of days so I'll wait until Monday and get my doctor to e-mail the prescription to the pharmacy. I feel a fool for forgetting it. Perhaps it's old age setting in.

Thanks for your reply.

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Best solution!

Take only fats as the breakdown of the same does not need any insulin. It will breakdown as ketones and utilized for energy.

Strike off carbs totally till u get the pills

Proteins minimal as it also breaks down as sugars after 2 hrs.

Try the keto diet and be safe from sugar spikes till u get the metformin tabs

All the best.

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I suggest boiled eggs, vegetables, and lean meat and a brisk walk after every meal for 15 minutes. that is equivalent to metformin.

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youbaba I would have thought that after 8 years you would have enough Metformin "whizzing" around your system to last a couple of days. Their leaflet says under If you forget to take Metformin "Do not take a double dose - if you miss a dose take the next one at the usual time" and it will only be a couple of days.

I hope you manage to get sorted tomorrow.

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If you go to your regular chemist they can normally provide you with a pack in lieu of the prescription. If you still have an empty metformin box boots will help you.

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i would not worry about it. Just wait until Monday to get them. Just eat as healthy as possible which you should be doing anyway.

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It's OK just eat light keep check on your numbers before and after meals. I missed 2 days before I was fine. If your diabetes is under control you will be fine.

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Hopefully you've been able to speak with your GP or Pharmacist by now and have got a repeat prescription of your Metformin. If this happens again I would suggest going to your local supermarket. Most of them are open 24 hours and have in house pharmacies. Most areas also have a Boots night pharmacy. You should find out where your nearest one is and get their contact details. Do you put your repeat prescription in so you have an overlap of medication? This may also be a good habit to get into, always making sure you have plenty of Metformin to cover you for any eventuality. Good luck :-)

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That's what I was thinking. Somewhere like the CVS OR TARGET.

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Hello Youbaba. If it where me I would not panic & keep right off all carbs etc. T2 your pancreas could sill be working quite well but high carbs are not good. Be active & go out for walks etc. Good luck

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