My Experience With Trulicity
A few months ago, I started on an injectable medication called Trulicity. My doctor gave me the option of a few different medications to add to Metformin. I was able to do a little research and decide on the medication I wanted to take. While my A1C did come down over a point, my doctor still wanted to add another medication. I understand from a doctor’s point of view wanting to add another medication, but I was hoping to see if I could keep the downward trend on just Metformin. I decided to add another medication figuring if my A1C went down more, I could eventually come off it anyway, so it wouldn’t hurt to try it.
My Trulicity experience and review
Working nightshift, it can be difficult to keep with a medication schedule when my sleep schedule changes on nights I work and nights I don’t. For this reason, I decided on an injectable medication I only had to take once a week.
I chose Trulicity, partly because of the once a week dose, and because it seemed to be an option that would work best with my body and what my lab work showed. On the inside of the box on the top flap, there is a makeshift calendar where you can place a checkmark on the day of the week you took each dose to help keep track and take it on the correct day.
Each dose is in a single-use pen similar to an EpiPen. You turn the top from locked to unlocked, place the pen against your skin, and press the plunger. The needle automatically inserts into your skin, injects the medication, then withdraws the needle and all you have to do is hold the button down during this time. It is very simple to use and is much easier to take than a pill twice a day.
Only a slight burning sensation
It does burn a little when injecting, but only lasts during the injection and then stops. I can’t say for sure, but I think it’s because it is kept in a refrigerator so the medication is cold going in.
Storage of Trulicity
I believe you can leave the medication out the night before at room temperature to warm up which may help the burning feeling. The medication states it is stable for 14 days at room temperature. This is also helpful if you need to travel and take a dose with you.
Minimal impact on A1C
The downside to this medication I have found is it did not affect my A1C much at all. This could be because I have been experimenting with diets and not checking my blood sugar nearly as much as I needed to. I blame myself for this and not the medication, but this does bring up the point medication cannot balance bad habits. My habits have gotten better, but clearly, I need to do more. With that being said, if you are looking for a cure-all medication that can balance out bad habits, this medication is not for you. If you need a medication to help your body when a healthy lifestyle isn’t quite cutting it, you may want to talk to your doctor and consider giving Trulicity a try.
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