Diabetes, Type 2 Medications

Definition of Diabetes, Type 2:

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by "insulin resistance" as body cells do not respond appropriately when insulin is present. This is a more complex problem than type 1, but is sometimes easier to treat, since insulin is still produced, especially in the initial years. Type 2 may go unnoticed for years in a patient before diagnosis, since the symptoms are typically milder (no ketoacidosis) and can be sporadic. However, severe complications can result from unnoticed type 2 diabetes, including renal failure, and coronary artery disease. Type 2 diabetes was formerly known by a variety of partially misleading names, including "adult-onset diabetes", "obesity-related diabetes", "insulin-resistant diabetes", or "non-insulin-dependent diabetes" (NIDDM). It may be caused by a number of diseases, such as hemochromatosis and polycystic ovary syndrome, and can also be caused by certain types of medications (e.g. long-term steroid use). About 90-95% of all North American cases of diabetes are type 2, and about 20% of the population over the age of 65 is a type 2 diabetic. The fraction of type 2 diabetics in other parts of the world varies substantially, almost certainly for environmental and lifestyle reasons. There is also a strong inheritable genetic connection in type 2 diabetes: having relatives (especially first degree) with type 2 is a considerable risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. The majority of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus are obese - chronic obesity leads to increased insulin resistance that can develop into diabetes, most likely because adipose tissue is a (recently identified) source of chemical signals (hormones and cytokines).

Drugs associated with Diabetes, Type 2

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of Diabetes, Type 2. This service should be used as a supplement to, and NOT a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners.

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Actos (Pro, More...)
generic name: pioglitazone class: thiazolidinediones
27 reviews
   
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5.3
Amaryl (Pro, More...)
generic name: glimepiride class: sulfonylureas
13 reviews
   
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8.4
Bydureon (Pro, More...)
generic name: exenatide class: incretin mimetics
56 reviews
   
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7.9
Byetta (Pro, More...)
generic name: exenatide class: incretin mimetics
59 reviews
   
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8.2
Farxiga (Pro, More...)
generic name: dapagliflozin class: SGLT-2 inhibitors
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Glucophage (Pro, More...)
generic name: metformin class: non-sulfonylureas
17 reviews
   
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6.1
Glucotrol (Pro, More...)
generic name: glipizide class: sulfonylureas
7 reviews
   
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9.1
Humalog (Pro, More...)
generic name: insulin lispro class: insulin
2 reviews
   
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7.4
Invokana (Pro, More...)
generic name: canagliflozin class: SGLT-2 inhibitors
24 reviews
   
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8.8
Janumet (Pro, More...)
generic name: metformin/sitagliptin class: antidiabetic combinations
24 reviews
   
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7.2
Januvia (Pro, More...)
generic name: sitagliptin class: dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors
32 reviews
   
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7.2
Kombiglyze XR (Pro, More...)
generic name: metformin/saxagliptin class: antidiabetic combinations
6 reviews
   
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6.0
Lantus (Pro, More...)
generic name: insulin glargine class: insulin
6 reviews
   
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8.5
Lantus Solostar (More...)
generic name: insulin glargine class: insulin
7 reviews
   
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8.4
Levemir (Pro, More...)
generic name: insulin detemir class: insulin
8 reviews
   
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9.6
Novolog (Pro, More...)
generic name: insulin aspart class: insulin
3 reviews
   
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5.0
Onglyza (Pro, More...)
generic name: saxagliptin class: dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors
9 reviews
   
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7.6
Tradjenta (Pro, More...)
generic name: linagliptin class: dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors
14 reviews
   
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4.5
Victoza (Pro, More...)
generic name: liraglutide class: incretin mimetics
218 reviews
   
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8.6
Welchol (Pro, More...)
generic name: colesevelam class: bile acid sequestrants
5 reviews
   
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5.4
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Alternative treatments for Diabetes, Type 2

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Diabetes, Type 2. Their efficacy may not have been scientifially tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Diabetes, Type 2.

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Synonym(s): Diabetes; Noninsulin-dependent Diabetes; Type 2 Diabetes

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