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Old 04-16-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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Does anyone else start to itch when they take 1,000 mg a day metforim (may have spelled it wrong) ? I took the branded, 1000 mg, extended release kind and didn't have the problem. I switched to the generic and when I take that much, I start getting itchy. When I went on the generic, they only had 500 mg tabs and I didn't understand that I was to take 2 a day. /the branded ones came in 1000 mg tabs. When I realized I was supposed to take 2 a day of the 500's, after a day or so, I would start itching, not hives, just itching. It has to be the problem as that was the only thing I was doing differently......

I hope this makes sense.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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You might have a problem with the filler in the generic. You can try a different generic, or go back to the brand name version and see if you're still itchy.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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You need to contact your doctor as itching could be an allergic reaction. You can develop an allergic reaction to medication at anytime while taking a medication.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I'm puzzled that you only have 500 mg tabs of the generic. I'm given 1000mg tabs of the generic, so they are available. (And I don't have any itching, by the way.)
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I took the branded kind for a couple of years but my medicare part D won't subsidize payment anymore and my doctor won't write them and say I have to take that kind. I didn't have itching. Just with the generic. I take 500 twice a day. But I start getting itchy. How do I switch to another generic ? Isn't what ever my pharmacy gets (WalMart) or try another pharmacy ?

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Old 04-17-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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I took the branded kind for a couple of years but my medicare part D won't subsidize payment anymore and my doctor won't write them and say I have to take that kind. I didn't have itching. Just with the generic. I take 500 twice a day. But I start getting itchy. How do I switch to another generic ? Isn't what ever my pharmacy gets (WalMart) or try another pharmacy ?

eta: thank your for your replies
Your prescription bottle should list the manufacturer of the generic. You can ask the pharmacy who it is, if it doesn't. At that point, you will be able to ask if they can/will get another manufacturer's generic, and/or talk to other pharmacies to find out whose generics they carry.

Good luck; metformin has enough side effects without an allergic-type reaction to the fillers.
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