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

  • Levemir FlexPen Is Changing to Levemir FlexTouch

    July 02, 2014

    The delivery method of some drugs may be phased out or changed for a few reasons—sometimes a change might be required, like when CFC inhalers for asthma were found to be bad for the environment and replaced by the environmentally friendly HFA inhalers. Manufacturers may also find a better way to deliver their medication that makes it easier to use, and discontinue the older version.

    The latest medication to be phased out is the Levemir FlexPen. See More

  • Inhaled Insulin: Ten Things You Need to Know

    July 01, 2014

    The FDA just approved Afrezza, an inhaled insulin for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. It will be available for prescription very soon, so will there be a run on it? Here are ten points to keep in mind.

      1.  The product will be called Afrezza and was developed by the MannKind Corporation.

      2.  It’s not the first time we’ve heard about inhaled insulin. Exubera, Pfizer’s attempt at inhaled insulin, was never popular because of a possible increase in lung cancer. See More

  • Tanzeum: New Diabetes Med Approved

    April 28, 2014

    Tanzeum (albiglutide) has just been approved by the FDA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is intended to be used in combination with diet and exercise to help improve your blood sugar.

    How is Tanzeum used?

    Tanzeum is a once-weekly subcutaneous injection given in the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm region.

    What strengths and dosage form will Tanzeum be available in?

    Tanzeum is available in 30 mg and 50 mg single-dose pens. 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 360 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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