Why Do Some Diabetics Take Medication Orally

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Oral Medicines For Diabetes

What medicines could my doctor prescribe? Six kinds of diabetes medicine are available in pill form: metformin (a biguanide), sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, meglitinides, biguanides, thiazolidinediones, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Each medicine has good points and bad points. Your doctor will decide which medicine is right for you. Metformin is a type of biguanide and it is currently the only biguanide available in the United States. It is often the first oral medicine prescribed for someone newly diagnosed with diabetes. It has the advantage of not causing low blood sugar. Metformin does not cause your pancreas to make insulin, but it helps your body use insulin better. Metformin can cause side effects such as nausea or diarrhea in some people. Your doctor may prescribe metformin in combination with another oral diabetes medicine. Sulfonylureas Sulfonylureas are the most commonly prescribed diabetes medicines. These medicines help your pancreas make insulin. They are inexpensive and have few side effects. There are 3 types of sulfonyureas: glipizide, glimepiride and glyburide. Side effects may include weight gain and low level of Continue reading >>

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  1. ThomasJ

    The difference between pills and insulin ?

    Both as we know are used to help control diabetes but what is confusing to me sometimes is that why do some people that are type 2 take pills and some people that are type 2 take insulin ? Which one is really best to take ?

  2. furball64801

    Thomas most all of that has to do with how you and your body are adjusting to the meds. If the orals are keeping your bs with diet and exercise at acceptable range then you stick with the pills. Each diabetics pancreas is in a different state of beta cell loss, many endo believe that by the time a type 2 is dx they have lost the use of 500,000 insulin producing cells, yup thats not a misprint. If a person can control with orals then its great, many can not so then insulin is taken out of the diabetic toolbox and used, its better than losing a toe or foot or God forbid eyes like my mother.

  3. timothyw

    Each med works a little differently in order to cover the range of difference. It isn't one size fits all. Insulin is great at reducing blood glucose levels when diet, exercize, and pancreatic function are not sufficient. Metformin works well for those who can handle it and that are also dealing with reducing insulin resistance and damping down the liver dumping. One of the big things that T2 Diabetics have to deal with is insulin resistance - insulin alone won't affect it.

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