There are different types of non-insulin medicines for diabetes. Each works in a different way. But they all help you control your blood sugar. Some types help your body make insulin to lower your blood sugar. Others lower how much insulin your body needs. Some can slow how quickly your body digests sugars. And some can remove extra glucose through your urine.
You may need to take more than one medicine for diabetes. Two or more medicines may work better to lower your blood sugar level than just one does.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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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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