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Can you tell me which medications are most often prescribed for type 2 diabetes. what are their primary side effects?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Depends on doctor: Hi. I have type 2 drugs I never use anymore, specifically sulfonylureas & glitazones. We all prescribe metformin, but it won't fix much for long as monotherapy. I LOVE the GLP-1 drugs. I don't use DPP-4 inhibitors, but they have a place for primary care (I go for the more potent GLP-1's). I use SGLT-2 inhibitors. I haven't used bromocriptine or the AGIs in years. Colsevelam good. INSULIN rocks!
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Metformin: Metformin is the drug of choice for type 2 diabetes. Common side effects are abdominal discomfort: gas, diarrhea...There are different formulations for metformin that can improve tolerability. Glumetza is best.

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What medications are most often prescribed for type 2 diabetes? What are the primary side effects?

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Holy cow: Hi. In no absolute order of use, insulins, sulfonylureas & meglitinides, biguanide, TZD's, GLP-1 receptor agonists, SGLT-2 inhibitors, bile acid binding resins, bromocriptine, amylin analog. Look up side effects...not enough room here. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. Control your diabetes, blood pressure, and lipids, and DON'T SMOKE!

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