Diabetes medications, lists and product overviews

Aimee Hosler

FDA advisory panel recommends reduced restrictions on Avandia

After deliberating, an FDA advisory panel voted to recommend the comprehensive and severe restrictions on Avandia (rosiglitazone) be changed.

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Biguanides are a class of medications used to control blood sugar levels in cases of type 2 diabetes. Metformin is the most common drug in this class and is marketed under several brand names including Riomet, Fortamet and Glucophage. Learn more about how biguanides work, who should take biguanides and more.

A medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, meglitinides work in a similar fashion to sulfonylureas. They can help stimulate the pancreas to produce additional insulin, helping the body to reduce blood sugar levels. A fast-acting medication, meglitinides are sold under two brand names, Prandin and Starlix.

A class of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes, sulfonylureas are drugs that stimulate the pancreas to produce and release more insulin. In turn, these drugs help control blood sugar levels. Learn more about sulfonylureas, how they work, their side effects and common brand names on the market today.


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