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Type 2 Diabetes: Living With the Disease (cont.)

Medications

How medicine helps manage diabetes

Some people with type 2 diabetes need pills (oral medicines) to help their bodies make insulin, decrease insulin resistance, or slow down how quickly their bodies absorb carbohydrate.

You may take no medicine, one medicine, or a few medicines. Some people need to take medicine for a short time, while others always need to take medicine. How much medicine you need depends on how well you can keep your blood sugar within your target range. You may need more medicine over time, even if you have good control of your blood sugar.

Taking two or more medicines may work better to lower your blood sugar level than taking one medicine alone. Also, taking two or more medicines may mean fewer side effects if you are taking a lower dose of each.

Medicine choices

You may also need to take:

Managing your medicines

Medicines can help you manage your diabetes and other health problems, but only if you take them correctly. It can be hard to keep track of when and how to take your medicine, especially if you are taking more than one. Maybe you aren't sure why you are taking a medicine or if it is working. Or you might have trouble paying for your medicine. For help, see:

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