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Treatments for
Type 2 Diabetes

Reviewed by Nicholas Yozamp, MD, Washington University in St. Louis

A variety of treatments exist for Type 2 Diabetes. Usually, treament options include changes in diet and exercise, and medications, such as oral medications or supplemental insulin. Medications can help restore your insulin levels or help your cells better detect insulin. You may be also instructed to track your blood sugar levels.



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Explore Your Medication Options

(For example, Metformin, Acarbose, or insulin)

Explore Your Device Options

(For example, blood glucose monitors or insulin pumps)

Compare & Treatments

Compare Name Manufacturer Type Class Cost Follow
Precose Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals By Mouth (Tablet) Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors $91.64
Glyset Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals By Mouth (Tablet) Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors $180.79
Glucophage Bristol-Myers Squibb By Mouth (Tablet) Biguanides $26.90
Glucophage XR Bristol-Myers Squibb By Mouth (Tablet) Biguanides $26.90
Fortamet Andrx Labs, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Biguanides $26.90
Glumetza Biovail Laboratories Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Biguanides $26.90
Riomet Biovail Laboratories Inc. By Mouth (Liquid) Biguanides $26.90
Welchol Daiichi Sankyo By Mouth (Tablet) Bile Acid Sequestrants (BASs)* $600.97
Cycloset VeroScience By Mouth (Tablet) Dopamine-2 Agonists*
Nesina Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) DPP-4 Inhibitors $237.22
Tradjenta Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals By Mouth (Tablet) DPP-4 Inhibitors $523.78
Onglyza Bristol-Myers Squibb By Mouth (Tablet) DPP-4 Inhibitors $534.96
Januvia Merck & Co., Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) DPP-4 Inhibitors $570.60
Starlix Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp By Mouth (Tablet) Meglitinides $162.94
Prandin Novo Nordisk By Mouth (Tablet) Meglitinides $291.88
Invokana Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) SGLT2 Inhibitors $628.28
Farxiga Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals By Mouth (Tablet) SGLT2 Inhibitors $636.47
Jardiance Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly By Mouth (Tablet) SGLT2 Inhibitors $604.03
Amaryl Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas $59.76
Glucotrol Pfizer Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas $20.89
Glucotrol XL Pfizer Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas $27.60
Micronase By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas $32.73
Glynase Pfizer Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas $38.82
Diabeta Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas
By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas
By Mouth (Tablet) Sulfonylureas
Avandia GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) By Mouth (Tablet) Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) $208.29
Actos Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) $138.70
Byetta Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals Injection GLP-1 Receptor Agonists
Bydureon Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals Injection GLP-1 Receptor Agonists
Trulicity Eli Lilly and Company Injection GLP-1 Receptor Agonists
Victoza Novo Nordisk Injection GLP-1 Receptor Agonists
Symlin Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals Injection Amylin Analog
ActoPlus Met Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $310.72
ActoPlus Met XR Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications
Duetact Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $451.75
Glucovance Bristol-Myers Squibb By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $88.78
Janumet Merck & Co., Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $581.52
Janumet XR Merck & Co., Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $574.14
Jentadueto Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $547.72
Kazano Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $300.97
Kombiglyze XR Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $497.76
Metaglip Bristol-Myers Squibb By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $52.44
Oseni Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $240.55
Xigduo XR Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $603.38
Invokamet Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. By Mouth (Tablet) Oral Combination Medications $629.07
Admelog Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. Injection Rapid-acting Insulin
Humalog Eli Lilly and Company Injection Rapid-acting Insulin
Apidra Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. Injection Rapid-acting Insulin
Fiasp Novo Nordisk Injection Rapid-acting Insulin
NovoLog Novo Nordisk Injection Rapid-acting Insulin
Afrezza MannKind Corporation Inhalation Rapid-acting Insulin
Humulin R Eli Lilly and Company Injection Regular-acting insulin
Novolin R Novo Nordisk Injection Regular-acting insulin
Humulin N Eli Lilly and Company Injection Intermediate-acting insulin
Novolin N Novo Nordisk Injection Intermediate-acting insulin
Tresiba Novo Nordisk Injection long-acting insulin
Levemir Novo Nordisk Injection long-acting insulin
Basaglar Eli Lilly and Company Injection long-acting insulin
Lantus Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. Injection long-acting insulin
Toujeo Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. Injection Ultra long-acting insulin
Humalog Mix 50/50 Eli Lilly and Company Injection Insulin Mixes
Humalog Mix 75/25 Eli Lilly and Company Injection Insulin Mixes
Humulin 70/30 Eli Lilly and Company Injection Insulin Mixes
NovoLog Mix 70/30 Novo Nordisk Injection Insulin Mixes
Novolin 70/30 Novo Nordisk Injection Insulin Mixes
Soliqua 100/33 Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. Injection Insulin Mixes
Xultophy 100/3.6 Novo Nordisk Injection Insulin Mixes
Insulin Syringes & Vials Many. Syringe Insulin Delivery <$40 for 100 syringes
Tresiba Flextouch U-100 Novo Nordisk Pen Insulin Delivery
Tresiba Flextouch U-200 Novo Nordisk Pen Insulin Delivery
Fiasp Flextouch Novo Nordisk Pen Insulin Delivery
Levemir Flextouch Novo Nordisk Pen Insulin Delivery
Novolog Flexpen Novo Nordisk Pen Insulin Delivery
Novopen Echo Novo Nordisk Pen Insulin Delivery
Admelog SoloStar Sanofi Pen Insulin Delivery
Apidra SoloStar Sanofi Pen Insulin Delivery
Lantus SoloStar Sanofi Pen Insulin Delivery
Toujeo SoloStar Pen Sanofi Pen Insulin Delivery
Toujeo Max SoloStar Pen Sanofi Pen Insulin Delivery
Autopen Classic Owen Mumford Pen Insulin Delivery
Autopen Classic Owen Mumford Pen Insulin Delivery
Basaglar KwikPen Eli Lilly Pen Insulin Delivery
Humalog KwikPen Eli Lilly Pen Insulin Delivery
Humalog KwikPen U-200 Eli Lilly Pen Insulin Delivery
Humulin KwikPen - Humulin N and Humulin 70/30 Eli Lilly Pen Insulin Delivery
Humulin KwikPen - Humulin R U-500 Eli Lilly Pen Insulin Delivery
InPen System Companion Medical, Inc. Pen Insulin Delivery
Omnipod Insulet Corporation Pump Insulin Delivery
MiniMed 630G Pump Medtronic Diabetes Pump Insulin Delivery
T:slim X2 Pump Tandem Diabetes Care Pump Insulin Delivery
V-Go Valeritas Pump Insulin Delivery $465.58
Freestyle Freedom Lite Abbott Diabetes Care Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
Contour Next Ascensia Diabetes Care Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
True Metrix Blood Glucose Meter Nipro Diagnostics, Inc. Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
Accu-Chek Aviva Plus Roche Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
Freestyle Lite Abbot Diabetes Care Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
Contour Next EZ Meter Ascensia Diabetes Care Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
GE 100 Bionime Corporation Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
CareTouch Blood Glucose Meter CareTouch Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
Keto-Mojo Blood Ketone and Glucose Testing Kit Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
On Call Express Blood Glucose Meter Acon Laboratories, Inc. Meter Monitoring Blood Glucose
FreeStyle Libre 14-Day System Abbott CGM Monitoring Blood Glucose
Dexcom G6 Dexcom, Inc. CGM Monitoring Blood Glucose
Dexcom G5 Mobile System Dexcom CGM Monitoring Blood Glucose
Guardian Connect Smart CGM (with Medtronic Guardian Sensor 3) Medtronic MiniMed Inc. CGM Monitoring Blood Glucose
Senseonics Eversense CGM System Senseonics, Inc. CGM Monitoring Blood Glucose
Medtronic Pump Insulin pumps

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