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Medications for Diabetes, Type 2

Drugs associated with Diabetes, Type 2

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

What is 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… Read more

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
metformin Rx B N X 101 reviews
6.0

Generic name: metformin systemic

Brand names:  Glucophage, Fortamet, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Riomet

Drug class: non-sulfonylureas

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
glipizide Rx C N X 31 reviews
6.0

Generic name: glipizide systemic

Brand names:  Glucotrol, GlipiZIDE XL, Glucotrol XL

Drug class: sulfonylureas

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
glimepiride Rx C N X 36 reviews
7.0

Generic name: glimepiride systemic

Brand name:  Amaryl

Drug class: sulfonylureas

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
metformin / sitagliptin Rx B N X 38 reviews
6.0

Generic name: metformin / sitagliptin systemic

Brand names:  Janumet, Janumet XR

Drug class: antidiabetic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
glyburide Rx C N X 5 reviews
6.0

Generic name: glyburide systemic

Brand names:  DiaBeta, Glycron, Glynase, Glynase PresTab, Micronase

Drug class: sulfonylureas

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
pioglitazone Rx C N X 34 reviews
5.0

Generic name: pioglitazone systemic

Brand name:  Actos

Drug class: thiazolidinediones

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
sitagliptin Rx B N X 53 reviews
6.0

Generic name: sitagliptin systemic

Brand name:  Januvia

Drug class: dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
exenatide Rx C N X 196 reviews
7.0

Generic name: exenatide systemic

Brand names:  Byetta, Bydureon

Drug class: incretin mimetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
glimepiride / pioglitazone Rx C N X 1 review
10

Generic name: glimepiride / pioglitazone systemic

Brand name:  Duetact

Drug class: antidiabetic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
glyburide / metformin Rx B N X 3 reviews
7.0

Generic name: glyburide / metformin systemic

Brand name:  Glucovance

Drug class: antidiabetic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
insulin glargine Rx C N X 42 reviews
7.0

Generic name: insulin glargine systemic

Brand names:  Lantus, Lantus Solostar, Toujeo, Basaglar, Toujeo Solostar

Drug class: insulin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
liraglutide Rx C N X 325 reviews
8.0

Generic name: liraglutide systemic

Brand name:  Victoza

Drug class: incretin mimetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
canagliflozin Rx C N X 155 reviews
6.0

Generic name: canagliflozin systemic

Brand name:  Invokana

Drug class: SGLT-2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
metformin / pioglitazone Rx C N X 6 reviews
7.0

Generic name: metformin / pioglitazone systemic

Brand names:  ActoPlus Met, ActoPlus Met XR

Drug class: antidiabetic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
miglitol Rx B N X 1 review
10

Generic name: miglitol systemic

Brand name:  Glyset

Drug class: alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
saxagliptin Rx B N X 12 reviews
7.0

Generic name: saxagliptin systemic

Brand name:  Onglyza

Drug class: dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
chromium picolinate Off Label OTC N N 6 reviews
9.0

Generic name: chromium picolinate systemic

Brand names:  Cr-GTF, CRM

Drug class: minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: Natural Product Monographs

Off Label: Yes

 
dapagliflozin / metformin Rx C N X 2 reviews
10

Generic name: dapagliflozin / metformin systemic

Brand name:  Xigduo XR

Drug class: antidiabetic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
dapagliflozin Rx C N X 36 reviews
4.0

Generic name: dapagliflozin systemic

Brand name:  Farxiga

Drug class: SGLT-2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
glipizide / metformin Rx C N X Add review Add

Generic name: glipizide / metformin systemic

Brand name:  Metaglip

Drug class: antidiabetic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
insulin aspart Rx B N X 7 reviews
7.0

Generic name: insulin aspart systemic

Brand names:  Novolog, NovoLog FlexPen, NovoLog PenFill

Drug class: insulin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
insulin detemir Rx B N X 17 reviews
7.0

Generic name: insulin detemir systemic

Brand name:  Levemir

Drug class: insulin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
insulin lispro Rx B N X 6 reviews
7.0

Generic name: insulin lispro systemic

Brand names:  Humalog, Humalog KwikPen, Humalog Pen

Drug class: insulin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
linagliptin Rx B N X 22 reviews
5.0

Generic name: linagliptin systemic

Brand name:  Tradjenta

Drug class: dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

 
metformin / saxagliptin Rx B N X 11 reviews
5.0

Generic name: metformin / saxagliptin systemic

Brand name:  Kombiglyze XR

Drug class: antidiabetic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
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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 scientifically 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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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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

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