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Taking metformin and glipize. High sugar levels. Does the difference in manufacture of medication affect the sugar levels?

Hello, I have been taking metformin 1000mg 2x a day, and glipize 10mg 2x a day. For the past 2 months, I have experienced an increase of blood sugar result in the morning. It has been 150 and up. Before that it was 125 to 145. I didn't change any way of eating and I even converted from white rice to brown rice since lent started and I am determined to continue the brown rice. I lost my job last October and lost my health insurance as well. I had Medi-cal and used CVS for my meds but now I have a high share of cost for Medi-cal. I stopped using Medi-cal and went to walmart generic program. I noticed that when I had Kaiser meds, my blood sugar was lower than when I went to CVS and Walmart? Will it vary per Manufacturer? Or it is because I am also stressed and worried for not having a job and in financial hardship? I have been trying to apply for a job and it's not coming yet. I am a single mom with 2 kids (one in college). I am relying on unemployment benefits and pulling out my retirement each month to help with our financial issues since the unemployment benefits is not enough.
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
thanks for using health care magic.
stress is known to alter i.e Increase blood sugar level .
sometimes there may be some instrument variation fro blood sugar level but that should nor be much significant.
You should consult psychiatrist for detailed evaluation and treatment.
meanwhile, you can start stress management like yoga, meditation, relaxation-breathing exercise for better control of stress.
I hope you will be fine soon
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

- Stress does increase the sugar level to a certain extent.
- Different brands may have small variations in effect due to bio-availability.
- Not only the quality, but also the quantity counts - as a simple measure, cut your present intake by about 20%... If you could access a dietician, better.
- Exercise helps to reduce the sugar.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
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