Started Meds - Sugars still high, is that normal?

Karajane

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Type 2
Hi guys,

I know this is early days, but I've had three days of Alogliptin now, and my sugars are still as high as they were before. I know it might be a tablet that takes a while to kick in, I just wondered how long it should take to start working? So I can give it the right amount of time to give it you see.

Hope this makes sense!
Kara xxx
 

Ljc

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Type 1.5 LADA
Hi @Karajane . Sorry I can’t help as I have no experience with Alogliptin, I just wanted to give you post a bump up so others will see it.
 

grovesy

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Type 2
I am on it with Metformin, but I can not say as was changed to it from Sitigliptin, which is in the same family.
 

Karajane

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Type 2
Hi guys,

I've recently been started on Alogliptin, and my nurse said it would get my levels down etc, but I've been a couple of blood glucose readings a day when you should, 2.5hrs after meals or more etc, and I'm still getting readings such as 11.3 and overall the readings haven't really improved since before taking the meds.

Obviously, its only been a week, so Im feeling maybe im being impatient etc, but I expected some sort of change by now? Is it going to be a longer road than that for it to build in my system, or should I be contacting my nurses and saying its not working? Would that be too soon?

Thanks guys, Kara xxxx
 

Drummer

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Type 2
The usual time to test is two hours after starting to eat, so your true reading could be even higher.
Could it be what you are eating which is putting your levels up?
 

everydayupsanddowns

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It often takes time to titrate medication doses and to discover the changes to diet etc that will combine to reduce average BGs. It’s about getting meds and lifestyle to work together.

It’s helpful to make these changes fairly gradually actually, as an abrupt change can be quite hard on the body.

Hang in there and just try to keep chipping away at it to reduce your levels gradually.

I’ve merged this thread with your other one with a similar subject as it seemed useful to keep responses in one place rather than you having to check multiple threads.
 
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leonS

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Just a thought - could it be that you are not type 11 but type 1? Tablets will not work with type 1. Perhaps you should go back to prescriber if tablets do not produce results, type 1 or not.
 

TheClockworkDodo

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Type 1
I know you said you don't always absorb meds, so I'd guess it could be that which is the problem. I'd give it a bit longer, but - given that you can't really change your diet much - if your readings aren't coming down in a few more days, I'd contact the diabetes nurse and ask whether you should be putting up the dose or trying something else.

I'm sorry, I can't remember, were you tested for type 1? As Leon says, misdiagnosis could be another reason for meds not working, and medical professionals do often assume any adult developing diabetes must be type 2, whereas actually quite a high percentage of type 1s are diagnosed as adults (I was 44, and I'm pretty sure my diabetes is secondary to my ME).
 
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