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Are There Prandin Uses for Type 1 Diabetes?

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

Prandin Uses as Part of 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 typically begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise). However, if lifestyle changes are not enough, diabetes drugs, such as Prandin, may be necessary.
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Prandin Uses in Children

Prandin has not been adequately studied in children; therefore, its use is not recommended. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Prandin in children with type 2 diabetes.

Off-Label Prandin Uses

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