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Type 2 Diabetes on a Budget

How Can I Save on the Cost of Medications and Other Products?

Those who cannot adequately control blood sugar levels through diet and exercise alone may need medications to help manage their type 2 diabetes.
While many people may believe that newer drugs may be more effective and safer, this is not always the case. In fact, research has indicated that certain medications (specifically, two drugs from a class called the sulfonylureas and a drug named metformin) that have been around for more than a decade work just as well as many of the newer medications. And the best part is that these older medications can be quite a bit less expensive.
For many people, more than one medication may be necessary to control blood sugar levels. If this is the case, the costs can start to add up quickly, so it's important to find ways to save if your budget is tight.
Let's look at some specific examples. If your healthcare provider has recommended that you take medications to control your type 2 diabetes, the following can be a good place to start for those who are trying to cut down on costs:
  • Metformin and metformin sustained-release -- alone or with glipizide or glimepiride
  • Glipizide and glipizide sustained-release -- alone or with metformin
  • Glimepiride -- alone or with metformin.
These medications may be used for those who are looking for an effective, safe, and low-cost medication to treat type 2 diabetes. These drugs are available as low-cost generics. For those who have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, metformin may be a good medication to try first, as it can be quite effective for many people. If metformin cannot adequately control blood sugar, you may need to add glipizide or glimepiride. These options aren't perfect for everyone, but for many, they work great without breaking the budget.
Here are some other ways to fit type 2 diabetes medications into your budget:
  • Ask about generic medications that might be available
  • Consider generic blood glucose monitoring
  • Check to see if there are any governmental programs or nonprofit resources you may benefit from
  • Ask about manufacturers' discount programs
  • Ask about discount cards for medications that are not covered or for those who are uninsured.
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