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When can one stop anti-diabetic drugs?

Q: I am 39 years old weighing 97 KGs. I am on Metformin 500 mg (one tablet after Dinner for last one month. On weekly checkup my Fasting Blood Sugar is 108 and PP is 136. My HbA1c reading is 5.5%. I was prescribed the above medicine because my Random blood sugar was 176 on one occasion and 206 on second occasion. Ever since I have been on the medicine, it has not crossed 108 (F) and 137(PP). How long do you think I might have been suffering from this disorder and do I need to contine medicine? What are the chances that I do not develop these symptoms again?

A:It is not possible to determine since when you have had diabetes. It is obviously very well controlled now, on a very small dose of medicine. While there is no harm in continuing metformin, you can try going off it, and on a strict diet and exercise regimen for 4 weeks, and recheck your sugar levels. If they are rising, you can restart the medicine.

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