Symlin for Diabetics
If you are a diabetic, Symlin® (pramlintide acetate) may be recommended as a way to keep your blood sugar under control. This prescription medication is approved to treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is meant to be used by people who take insulin before meals. Even though Symlin is an injectable diabetes medication, it is not a form of insulin. Do not use it as a replacement for insulin.
Symlin works by imitating the actions of amylin, a hormone that is made and secreted by the pancreas. These effects include:
- Slowing down the emptying of food from the stomach, which slows down the increase in blood sugar after meals
- Decreasing the amount of glucose (sugar) that the liver produces
- Working in the brain to help people feel fuller sooner, resulting in a decrease in appetite and food intake.