What Is Best Medication For Diabetes?

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Medication For Type 2 Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes are often given medications including insulin to help control their blood glucose levels. Most of these medications are in the form of tablets, but some are given by injection. Tablets or injections are intended to be used in conjunction with healthy eating and regular physical activity, not as a substitute. Diabetes tablets are not an oral form of insulin.Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any problems. An alternative medication is usually available. All people with diabetes need to check their glucose levels on a regular basis. When taking medication, you may need to check your glucose levels more often to keep you safe and to ensure the medication is having the desired effect. In Australia there are seven classes of medicines used to treat type 2 diabetes: Biguanides Sulphonylureas Thiazolidinediones (Glitazones) Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors. Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitors Incretin mimetics Sodium-glucose transporter (SGLT2) inhibitors Your doctor will talk to you about which tablets are right for you, when to take your tablets and how much to take. Your doctor can also tell you about any possible side effects. You should Continue reading >>

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  1. deadhead9

    Celexa "cause" diabetes symptoms?

    My husband recently was Rx'd CELEXA for depression. This is working but he has had some odd things go on also. While away on a MUCH needed vacation he was a bit spacy and as a "lark" I used my tester to check his BG. To both of our astonishment he was 161 after not eating for quite some time and driving a long distance. Now I have tested him before (and other fam members) and he has NEVER had anything over 100. He is not overweight, walks 10 or more miles in a day, and has been in good general health.
    We both noticed that he was very thirsty during this trip but going to the Deep South in an extremely hot August in an non-airconditioned car, riding a motorcycle for long days and sleeping in overly dry hotel rooms didn't make us too suspicious of this. He also noticed that he was not urinating as much as you might expect with drinking so much (but sweating heavily too---we are used to the more temperate North!) but it seemed more "concentrated". He has had dizzy spells on standing and after climbing a lool out tower and a few "odd" moments.
    I tested him fasting this AM and he was at 122. (I was at 105 and have been very low the entire trip---not that I am comparing just to note this) Have no idea why I have got italics either! Later on he was at 139 on a random "check" OF course he will check with his MD when we get home but we wondered if this might be related to the new drug. He has not been on other meds for this in quite some time so we don't know what else might be contributing.
    I know he has learned a LOT about this---more than he EVER wanted to know sadly!-since I was dx'd while suffering from a severe strep infection and lost all the toes on my right foot---and two years later we discovered that diabetics can break bones like the rest of the world but they may not HEAL like the rest of the world and losing a leg to that was very scary for us both. So I can completely understand him FREAKING OUT---actually I think under the circumstances he has been remarkably calm. Noticed he stuck to drinking water today tho!
    Any one else know anything about these class of drugs and symptoms?????

  2. MarkM

    Long term use of antidepressants is associated with increased risk of diabetes, but the question of causality is still open (see this article). And I don't think a short term blood glucose raising effect has been observed. So it seems unlikely that the Celexa could be causing it. But you never know ... . I know SSRIs are known to cause problems with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) for T1s. And there is another class of psychoactive drug, atypical antipsychotics, that are known to cause insulin resistance (T2). I think I would stop the medication for a while to see if it makes a difference.

  3. furball64801

    It could just be the stress and new surroundings bs go nuts for me on a trip. Of course its worth a follow up when you get home.

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