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

  • Is Tresiba the Best Long-Acting Insulin?

    September 21, 2018

    Comparing long-acting insulins? Tresiba may come out ahead. With the exception of NPH insulins like Humulin N and Novolin N (which are now considered to be intermediate acting), they are all going to cost you. So, if you are already paying big bucks for your long-acting insulin, here are some things to think about.

    What is a long-acting or basal insulin?

    This is your baseline insulin, the insulin that is secreted to control your sugars when you are not eating (also known as the fasting state). See More

  • Byetta vs. Bydureon: What’s the Difference?

    August 22, 2018

    Byetta and Bydureon are both used for type 2 diabetes, but with similar names and active ingredients, it’s hard to know which one is better. Here are the advantages and disadvantages, for both.

    What are Byetta and Bydureon for?

    Byetta and Bydureon are injectable medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. Even though they are injectables, they are not insulins. Both Byetta and Bydureon have the same active ingredient, exenatide, which is a GLP-1 receptor agonist, a type of drug that increases how much insulin your pancreas releases. See More

  • Trulicity vs. Victoza vs. Bydureon — Which is Better for Diabetes?

    July 16, 2018

    Trulicity, Victoza, and Bydureon all belong to a newer class of non-insulin diabetes medications known as GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) receptor agonists that improve blood sugar control and may lead to weight loss. They were each approved by the FDA in the last decade, and increase how much insulin the pancreas makes in response to high glucose levels.

    Which drug is the most effective?

    Trulicity (dulaglutide), approved in 2014, is the newest out of these three drugs. See More

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Popular Diabetes Type 2 Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Biguanides 11 See Prices
Biguanides 18 See Prices
Sulfonylureas 10 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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