Medications for Diabetes - Pills

Many people with type 2 diabetes take pills to lower their blood sugar. There are different kinds of diabetes pills that work in different ways. Here are some of the most common pills for lowering blood sugar. Some people take more than one type of diabetes pill.

Name of pill that I am taking: How it helps: Possible side effects: Things to know: How I take this pill:
Glipizide (Glucotrol XL)
Glyburide (Micronase)
Glimepiride (Amaryl)
Repaglinide (Prandin)
Nateglinide (Starlix)
Helps your body make more insulin Low blood sugar It is important that you do not skip meals when taking this medicine  
Metformin (Glucophage)
Glipizide and Metformin (Glucovance)
Helps your liver make less glucose Diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, Take with food to lower these effects. People who have liver or kidney disease, heart failure or alcoholism should not take this medication.  
Pioglitizone (Actos) Helps your body use insulin better Tests will be ordered to be sure your liver is not harmed. People with heart failure should not take this medication.  
Sitagliptin (Januvia) Helps your body make more insulin and less glucose   Take in the morning.  
Injectable medications:
Exenatide (Byetta)
Pramlintide (Symlin)
Helps your body make more insulin and less glucose Nausea. Take with largest meals to lower this effect. Do not take Symlin if you are not going to eat.