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Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine.
The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Noninsulin medicines for diabetes help you control blood sugar. They are used to treat type 2 diabetes. You take oral medicines by mouth. Some noninsulin medicines are injected into the body with a needle.
One of the noninsulin medicines, metformin, is sometimes used to treat prediabetes.
Here are some examples of noninsulin medicines for diabetes.
Some of these medicines may be combined in one pill.
This is not a complete list.
There are different types of noninsulin medicines for diabetes. Each type works in a different way to help you control your blood sugar. For example, some types of noninsulin medicines help your body make insulin to lower your blood sugar. Others lower how much insulin your body needs.
Some types can slow how
quickly your body digests sugars or can remove extra glucose through your urine.
All medicines can cause side effects. Many people don't have side effects. And minor side effects sometimes go away after a while.
But sometimes side effects can be a problem or can be serious.
If you're having problems with side effects, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change to a different medicine. Don't suddenly stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor first.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of side effects, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Cautions for noninsulin medicines for diabetes include the following:
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. That information will help prevent serious problems.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of warnings, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerTheresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical PharmacyDavid C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Current as ofMarch 13, 2017
Current as of:
March 13, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Theresa O'Young, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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