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  • #30295
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Hi all

    Got a quick question, I have got to see my GP next week for my post bypass medication review. Before my bypass I was a type 2 diabetic on Metformin, I was told thatbasmsoon as I have had my bypass I will no longer need to take the Metformin, so I stopped it. I have been monitoring my BG levels and they have never been higher than 6 so it looks like all is well.

    So when I go to my GP I was going to ask him to stop the metformin, trouble is I have now been told by a diabetic nurse on another wls forum that the latest advice is to not stop taking the metformin as it has been proven to offer good cardiovascular protection, or at most cut the dose to half but defiantly stay on it.

    So anyone here post opp and been told to stay on it. Or anyone got any links to published data saying I should stay on them.

    Sorry it was not quite as quick as I thought it would be.

    Thanks

    Paul

    #38293
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Almost everyone I know who was on Metformin pre surgery is now no longer taking it. Listen to what your team say as they will have your full medical history in front of them with which to decide what is best for YOU.

    Doodah x

    #38298
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Bugger, I was hoping I would be kept on it, as my medication bill is going to get very expensive, especially after the recent prescription price rise, I will still be on 6 items at £7.65 an item, if they had kept me on Metformin I would have got them for free, now it looks like its going to cost £45 a month just to be sick. And I don’t work because of my disabilities but don’t get a penny in Benefits because I was self employed when I became disabled. And the wife has a minimum wage job and has to do 90 hours a week just to make ends meet.

    Paul

    #38294
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Paul, you can buy a pre-payment certificate from the NHS. I have one as I take nine tablets every day and 2 puffers. It costs about £10 a month in installments and covers EVERYTHING you will ever need.

    Where can I get a PPC (prescription prepayment certificate)? – Health questions – NHS Choices

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any other advice ok?

    Doodah x

    #38295
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    I’m going to put this link in one of the sections about health care in general so it will always be there for everyone to see.

    #38302
    charabanc
    Member

    Hi Paul,
    I am not an expert in such matters, but just because you don’t take metformin does not mean you are automatically not diabetic and taken off free prescriptions. I would suggest you talk to your GP and if all else fails, take Doodah’s advice and buy a pre-payment certificate.
    I only say this because for a while, I managed to control my diabetes with diet (not any longer!), and my GP stopped the dreaded metformin but I was able to get all other stuff free still, as I was still classed as diabetic. However, they do change the rules, so best to check it out.
    Good Luck.

    #38296
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    It might be the case that they will view the diabetes as ‘in remission’ for the forseeable future so like charabanc says, check with your GP first. Hope you get the result you want 😉

    Doodah x

    #38299
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Hi

    It’s my understanding that diabetics only get free prescriptions if they are on Insulin or Tablets, if you are what’s classed as diet controlled, which is whe we are after a bypass you don’t qualify for the free prescriptions. That’s my understanding of the rules, unless I am wrong And I am obviously more than happy to be proved wrong. Still I have 18 months left on my certificate so plenty of time to get this sorted. I will be seeing my GP next week, he is normally very helpful so hopefully he will see it my way.

    Fingers crossed

    Paul

    Paul

    #38300
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Thanks for the link Doodah

    Did I read that correct, you only pay the one price regardless of how many items you have a month.

    Paul

    #38297
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Absolutely right Paul. I have 2 inhalers, a nasal spray, antihistamines all for my asthma, then painkillers for arthritis, laxatives for the effects of the painkillers!, serc for menieres disease, multi vits and mins, Migraine tablets and finally Buscopan for the occasional stomach cramps. All that every month for a monthly payment of approx £10: can’t say fairer than that right?

    Doodah x

    #38301
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Hi all

    I have now seen my GP for my post surgery medication review and without me asking he said its better to stay on the metformin after bypass, as although we are classed as being in remission or diet controlled there is evidence to suggest the diet controlled diabetics are still prone to getting many of the diabetic complications in later life, thing like heart attacks and strokes so he suggested that I should stay on them but at a lower dose, 1 tablet a day instead of 2, so result there.

    Other changes made where I am now off all medication for COPD as that has go so much better post surgery, I am also off the Gabipentin that I took for neuropathic pain in my back, my blood pressure medication has been reduced, he also finally relented and changed me over from Zomorph to the patches, which last for 7 days so that might help with my constipation as morphine is prone to give that. My other meds are staying the same for the time being and that includes Statins And the antithrombotics.

    So quite a few stopped and quite a few still to go, I hope to dump the blood pressure pills after I have dropped a couple more stone, but the biggest hope is that I will soon no longer need to use my CPAP machine for my sleep Aponea, the wife has already commented that on the odd occasion when I have fallen asleep without my mask on I don’t snore as much as I did, so hopefully it’s getting better.

    Bye for now

    Paul.

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