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Diabetes Medicines

Your diabetes medicines help manage and improve your blood sugar.

  • Take your medicines as scheduled by your doctor.
  • Work with your healthcare team to make sure your medicines are the most effective for you.
  • Know what diabetes medicines you are taking and how the medicine works.

People with diabetes often take medicines to improve and manage their health. You may need to take some of these medicines for the rest of your life.

Your doctor will decide on the best combination of medicines for you. Take your medicines based on the schedule from your doctor.

Your healthcare team (pharmacist, diabetes educator) will then work with you to ensure that the medicines you use are the most effective.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your medicines »

Why Do I Need To Take Diabetes Medicine?

Your diabetes medicines help manage and improve your blood sugar.

When you take your diabetes 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 disease, blindness or amputation.

Your doctor may also prescribe specific medicines to help manage high blood pressure or cholesterol. You can learn about these and other types of heart medicines on our Cardiac College™ website »

Learn About Your Diabetes Medicine

The first step in managing your medicines is to know what you are taking. Have your diabetes medicines nearby and read about your medicines »

Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016