The other day I asked on Diabetic South Africans if anyone had any diabetes questions for us to ask our experts – and the questions came flooding in! But one of the most repeated ones was about Type 2 diabets medication and diarrhoea… It seems that so many people struggle with it, and it’s making their lives miserable. Some people even said they didn’t want to take their Type 2 diabetes medication because of the diarrhoea! But medication is essential for many Type 2 diabetics.
Type 2 diabetes medication and diarrhoea: what to do
So I asked Prof Joel Dave, the endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) on our Panel of Experts, for some advice. He agreed that diarrhoea or stomach upsets are a common side-effect of Type 2 diabetes medication, and had a few suggestions to offer. He said:
Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhoea or upset tummy) are well recognised side-effects of Type 2 diabetes medication. Some people are completely intolerant and have to stop the drug.
Taking your medication with meals or immediately after
Taking a lower dose
Taking the long-acting form of Type 2 diabetes medication (not available in the state sector)Prof. Joel Dave, endocrinologist
So essentially, the advice is to first try taking it with meals. If that doesn’t help, speak to your doctor about a lower dose. And if that doesn’t work, try switching to a different form of the medication.
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