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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.
 
(To learn more about how this drug works to control type 1 and type 2 diabetes, click Symlin Uses.)
 

Symlin for Diabetics

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