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Glyburide Alternatives: Insulin and Other Injectable Diabetes Medications

Different types of insulin and other injectable medications are used for type 2 diabetes as well, including:
 
  • Insulin
  • Incretin mimetics
  • Amylin analogues.
     
Insulin
A range of different insulins are available, including short-, rapid-, long-, or intermediate-acting insulins.
 
Incretin Mimetics
There are four incretin mimetics available: exenatide (Byetta®), long-acting exenatide (Bydureon®), iraglutide (Victoza®), and dulaglutide (Trulicity™). They work by acting like the hormone incretin in the body, increasing insulin production and slowing digestion. Byetta is taken twice daily, while Victoza is taken once daily and Bydureon and Trulicity are both taken just once a week. All are taken as an injection just under the skin (subcutaneous injection).
  
Amylin Analogues
One amylin analogue is currently available, called pramlintide (Symlin®). This medication works like the hormone amylin in the body, increasing insulin production, slowing down digestion, decreasing the production of glucose by the liver, and reducing appetite.
 

A Summary of Glyburide Alternatives

Several glyburide alternatives are available for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, including lifestyle changes or other medications. If glyburide is not working for you, or if it is causing bothersome side effects, ask your healthcare provider about trying one of the glyburide alternatives discussed in this article.
 
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