I started Symlin yesterday and want to say first I’m grateful to all of you who have posted your experiences with dosing because otherwise I wouldn’t have known not to bolus my insulin ahead of time and would have gone quite low, which since I live alone could have been dangerous! I know I will have to find my own system of dosing that works for me, but it was good to have a place to start!
I especially want to thank Jason for his Guide http://www.tudiabetes.org/profiles/blogs/a-practical-symlin-guide-for-1
A couple questions about this forum: Could Jason’s 3 part guide be put up as a sticky? I just came upon it by chance and it’s very useful. Also, is there any way that new replies could end up on top of the list as they do in other Groups? It would be easier to find and read them.
So my first question (I’m sure I’ll have many) is: My main reason for starting Symlin is weight loss/or prevention of further weight gain, and I understand it does this by creating a full feeling and by enabling us to use less insulin. (Though I have to say I was shocked to be gaining weight as I don’t use all that much insulin to begin with!). So I started by taking 15mcg of Symlin as recommended immediately before eating. I didn’t really notice any unusual fullness or lack of appetite, though maybe that happens when I get to higher doses. But I’m puzzled because I don’t think I’m an unusually fast eater, but when I eat alone so I’m not talking, I find it really is only about 15-20 minutes fo eat. Does the Symlin take effect that quickly that before I got to the end of the meal I’d feel too full to finish?