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What is Diabetes Type 2?

Diabetes type 2 is a condition in which the body is resistant to insulin resulting in high blood sugar levels. Symptoms include fatigue, hunger, thirst, increased urination, and tingling in feet and hands.

Treatment for diabetes type 2 includes medication, diet, and exercise. Common drug classes used to treat diabetes type 2 are biguanides, insulins, sulfonylureas, gliptins, glitazones, sulfonylurea / biguanide combinations, gliptin / biguanide combinations, GLP-1 agonists, ergot derivatives, glinides, glitazone / biguanide combinations, alpha glucosidase inhibitors, amlyn analogues, glitazone / sulfonylurea combinations, gliptin / statin combinations, gliptin / glitazone combinations, SGLT2 inhibitors, and glinide / biguanide combinations.

Savings Tips for Diabetes Type 2

  • New Combo Drug Jentadueto XR Approved for Diabetes

    June 23, 2016

    Jentadueto XR (metformin/linagliptin) is the newest once-daily combination drug approved by the FDA to treat type 2 diabetes.

    Combination drugs can also be a convenient way to join together two drugs that work differently to treat a particular health condition, and extended release versions like Jentadueto XR mean you only need to take your prescription once per day. In addition, many medications are combined because they work better together than either medication alone. See More

  • FDA Safety Alert: Invokana and Invokamet for Diabetes

    June 08, 2016

    The FDA has issued a safety alert for medications containing canagliflozin, a newer drug used to treat type 2 diabetes.

    According to the FDA, medications containing canagliflozin (Invokana and Invokamet) may cause an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.

    Do diabetics already have an increased risk of leg and foot amputations?

    Yes. Diabetics have a higher risk of leg and foot amputations compared to a person who does not have diabetes. See More

  • This Prescription Causes Almost 100,000 Annual Emergency Visits

    June 07, 2016

    Insulin: legal, widely used, and transforms lives. But there are risks—soon you’ll see why we try to spare our type II diabetics from having to start insulin. Using oral medications to their maximum dose and incorporating diet and lifestyle changes is the way to go before resorting to insulin.

    Of course, tight blood sugar control is the goal for reducing diabetes related complications (kidney disease, eye disease, neuropathy) but insulin remains one of the most challenging aspects of diabetes management given the risks. See More

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Popular Diabetes Type 2 Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Biguanides 5 See Prices
Insulins 387 See Prices
Sulfonylureas 9 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Diabetes Type 2 Drug Classes

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