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Tue Oct 04 12:19:41 UTC 2011

what other meds can you take instead of metformin when your dr. tells you that you have chronic kidney disease.i have just been told that i have that
Asked By: jaded  
Category: Type 2

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type 2 for 25 years. heart attack aug.2009 stent placed in sept 2009. found out at same time bladder cancer.removed feb.2010.told i also have c.o.p.d.besides that I am great.I exercise 2 hrs 3 days a week, while at home in ont. 6 days a week while in florida for 6 months
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2011-10-04 21:56:02.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Metformin is an oral diabetes medicine that is processed by the kidneys. For people who have a kidney problem, taking metformin may make it worse.

There are diabetes medicines that work well for people with kidney disease. Your doctor will consider the complexity of your medical condition in prescribing the diabetes medicine that will best meet your needs.

Learn more about diabetic kidney disease.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2011-10-11 16:03:02.0

I developed chronic decreased kidney function while on Metformin. My doctor switched me to 50 mg. daily of Januvia (which is half the normal dose). Januvia is expensive though. My kidney function hasn't improved but it hasn't gotten worse. I've been on Januvia for a year or so now.
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