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Insulin and Other Injectable Diabetes Medicines

Insulin is the primary treatment for people with type 1 diabetes. In addition, some people with type 2 diabetes are also treated with insulin. Insulin is available 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. 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

As you can see, there are many alternatives to Nesina for the treatment of diabetes. Your healthcare provider may choose one of these other medicines to treat your diabetes. You can also talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of these other medications if you take Nesina and it isn't working well for you, is causing side effects, or you are looking for a lower-cost option.
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