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Starlix Alternatives

A variety of Starlix alternatives are available to treat type 2 diabetes, such as lifestyle changes (like losing weight), other oral diabetes medications, and insulin or other injectable diabetes medications. Other medications used to treat the condition include thiazolidinediones, biguanides, and insulin. If diabetes is not adequately controlled, or if troublesome side effects occur with Starlix, alternatives may be considered.

Starlix Alternatives: An Introduction

Starlix® (nateglinide) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The medication is generally effective in treating diabetes, and most people tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not completely control diabetes. Fortunately, several alternatives are available for type 2 diabetes.
Some of these Starlix alternatives include:

Other Oral Diabetes Medicines Considered Starlix Substitutes

Fortunately, many different types of oral diabetes drugs are available to treat type 2 diabetes, including:
  • Meglitinides
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • Sulfonylureas
  • Biguanides
  • Alpha glucosidase inhibitors
  • Dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitors
  • Ergot alkaloids
  • Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2 inhibitors)
  • Bile acid sequestrants
  • Combination medications.



Meglitinides are similar to sulfonylureas, in that they force the pancreas to make more insulin. However, they are short-acting and are less likely to cause dangerously low blood sugar. They are usually taken before every meal. In addition to Starlix, one other meglitinide is available, called repaglinide (Prandin®).

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