People with diabetes will sometimes be prescribed medication as a common form of treatment. There are many different types of medications and each one is unique in the way it works to help people with diabetes control their condition. Some work in a similar way to others, thus they are grouped in the same class of drugs.
Most medications are generally suitable for people with type 2 diabetes, who are finding it difficult to control their blood glucose levels through just diet and exercise. Some medications can be taken by people with type 1 diabetes alongside their insulin treatment. In fact, insulin is classed as a medicine.
With any medication you take there is the chance of developing certain side effects. For each medication, there is a list of possible side effects on the patient information leaflet that is included in the packaging.
You may not experience any side effects, but it is important to always check these side effects before starting your treatment. By knowing the side effects, you will be able to identify when they occur, and you can take the appropriate actions.
If you do experience any side effects, consult your doctor without delay as a different medication can be prescribed, and any questions or concerns can be addressed.
Make sure that you are prescribed medication that is safe to use with any other medicines that you are taking. For example, if you are undergoing insulin therapy, then you will need a medication that works alongside your insulin.
You should also read the manufacturer’s leaflet that comes with the medication before you start taking it. You will need to know how it works, what side effects are possible and any other important information about your medication.
When taking medication, you must always follow the instructions issued by your doctor; stick to the prescribed dosage. If you think that you have taken an overdose, immediately go to the closest A&E and take the medication container with you so that the healthcare professional treating you know what you have taken.
It is imperative that you never give anyone else your medication, even if they have the same condition as you or display the same symptoms. Only a GP can prescribe medicines because they know what type and dose a patient requires. What works for you may not work in the same way for others.
Any out-of-date medications can be disposed of by taking them to your local pharmacy.
Please note: these medication pages are purely for information and we are not responsible for the prescribing of medications. Getting any sort of medications should be done through your GP only.