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Janumet XR Alternatives

Insulin and Other Injectable Diabetes Medicines

Insulin is the primary treatment for people with type 1 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes who cannot effectively control it with oral medicines may also need insulin. Insulin comes in short-, rapid-, long-, or intermediate-acting forms.
In addition to insulin, other diabetes medicines given as injections include:
  • Amylin analogs
  • Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists
Amylin Analogs
Pramlintide (Symlin®) is the only currently available amylin analog. It works by mimicking the actions of amylin in the body. Amylin is a hormone that is made and secreted, along with insulin, by the pancreas. By acting like amylin, pramlintide slows down the emptying of food from the stomach (which slows down the increase in blood sugar after meals), decreases the production of glucose by the liver, and reduces appetite.
Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists
These medicines, also known as incretin mimetics, mimic the actions of incretin hormones in the body. Incretin is an important hormone that helps control blood sugar levels. This action increases insulin production in response to meals and decreases the amount of glucose produced by the liver. Available incretin mimetics include:

Final Thoughts

Several alternatives to Janumet XR are available for diabetes. If you feel Janumet XR is not right for you, talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of an alternative. He or she can help you compare these other treatments as they relate to your specific situation.
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