Non-Insulin Drugs

Symlin Can Help Curb Post-Meal Blood-Sugar Boosts in Diabetics

Symlin (pramlintide) was approved by the FDA in 2005. It is an injectable drug that is a synthetic version of the human hormone amylin, which is made in the same cells of the pancreas that make insulin.  Read More

Why Drug Combinations Are Used to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

The first drug people take is usually metformin, an oral medication
The medicine cabinets of people with type 2 diabetes don't have much space. Most people still produce at least some of their own insulin, a hormone that converts sugar into energy. But they often don't make enough to overcome the body's resistance to the hormone...  Read More


I Struggled With the Side Effects of Non-Insulin Drugs

Leila, 46, found that insulin was a better choice for her than other drugs
About six years ago, when I was 40, I had sinus surgery. Around the same time, I started having some problems. I was really thirsty and I was peeing a lot, so I mentioned it to my doctor. She tested me and I was just shy of being diabetic, a condition known as prediabetes...  Read More

The Pros and Cons of Byetta for Treating Type 2 Diabetes

Byetta is a synthetic version of a compound found in lizard saliva
Byetta (exenatide) is a new type of diabetes drug, which was approved in the U.S. in 2005. It has some big advantages: It promotes weight loss (in some people) and is easier to inject than insulin...  Read More

How Metformin Ended Up as the First-Choice Diabetes Drug

Metformin is found in Glucophage, Glucophage XR, and other brand-name drugs
Even if you don't take metformin, you've probably heard of this popular diabetes drug. Nearly 35 million prescriptions of the generic form of the drug were sold in the U.S. in 2006...  Read More

Video: Perspectives on Non-Insulin Drugs