Diabetes Type 2

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

  • 2014 Brings Two New Weight Loss Drugs!

    September 16, 2014

    Do we have better meds for weight loss now? September brought news of two new weight loss medications, Contrave and Saxenda. Funny thing is both of them are drugs used for other indications, now approved for weight loss. So these meds have been around, in one form or another. These two will join Belviq, Qsymia, and orlistat (available over the counter as Alli).

    The newest drug available for weight loss is Contrave which is a combination of two older drugs: bupropion and naltrexoneSee More

  • 40+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2015

    August 20, 2014

    For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

  • New Diabetes Treatment Approved: Jardiance

    August 08, 2014

    Jardiance (empagliflozin) was approved by the FDA on August 1, 2014 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

    What type of medication is Jardiance?

    Jardiance is part of a new class of medications recently approved by the FDA, Sodium Glucose Co-Transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors.

    How does Jardiance work?

    It works with the body’s natural process of urination to help remove more excess sugar from the body rather than allowing it to be reabsorbed by your kidneys. See More

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Popular Diabetes Type 2 Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Glucophage
(metformin)
Biguanides 5 See Prices
Lantus Insulins 348 See Prices
Glucophage XR
(metformin er)
Biguanides 6 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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