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How Diabetes Medicines Work

Your diabetes medicines help manage and improve your blood sugar.

When you take your medicines as scheduled by your doctor, they help avoid or delay the onset of serious health problems.

  • Work with your doctor and pharmacist to find the best diabetes medicine for you.
  • Remember that doing exercise, healthy eating and managing your stress also help control your blood sugar.

Your diabetes medicines are important for your health. Take your medicines based on the schedule from your doctor.

Your diabetes medicines help manage and improve your blood sugar.

When you take your medicines as scheduled by your doctor, they help avoid or delay the onset of serious health problems. These health problems are known complications from diabetes, and include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness or amputation. Find out more about health problems with diabetes »

Your doctor and healthcare team will work with you to ensure your medicines are working for you. They will check your medicines over time to ensure they still work for you.

What You Need to Know About Diabetes Medicines

There is important information to know about your diabetes medicine. Below are facts about diabetes medicines.

  • People have diverse side effects from the same medicine. A medicine that helps one person may not help you.
  • Some people may have side effects and other people may not. The most common side effects were listed for each medicine. There may be other less common side effects too. Ask your pharmacist for a complete list.
  • Work with your doctor and pharmacist to find the best medicine for you. The best medicine for you will be different than for someone else.
  • Diabetes medicine is important to control your blood sugar. It can lower your A1c level.
  • Remember: doing exercise, eating healthy and managing your stress can also help control your blood sugar. Exercise, healthy eating and stress management are just as effective in lowering your A1c as your diabetes medicine.
Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016