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Metaglip Uses for Type 1 Diabetes

Most people make insulin in their pancreas, including those with type 2 diabetes. However, in people with type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin (or not enough to control blood sugar levels). Metaglip causes the cells inside the pancreas to make more insulin. If insulin-producing cells do not work, as is the case with type 1 diabetes, the drug will have little effect. This is the reason why Metaglip is not used to treat type 1 diabetes. Instead, a person with type 1 diabetes needs to take insulin medication.
 

Metaglip Uses in General Diabetes Treatment

The main goal of any diabetes treatment is to lower your blood sugar levels (as measured by your hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]) enough to reduce your risk for developing problems related to diabetes.
 
Any treatment for type 2 diabetes begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, a diabetic diet, and exercise). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, diabetes drugs, such as Metaglip, may be necessary.
 
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Metaglip Uses in Children

Because Metaglip has not been adequately studied in children, the drug is not recommended for use in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Metaglip for type 2 diabetes in children.
 

Off-Label Metaglip Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Metaglip for something other than the condition(s) discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for Metaglip.
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