Combination Medications for Type 2 Diabetes
Some drugs are combined in one pill
Some medications combine the effects of two medications, and that has one main advantage. Many people with type 2 diabetes end up taking multiple prescriptions anyway, so it can be convenient to have them combined in one pill.
A potential drawback of using a combination medication is that it’s harder to adjust the dosage; the medications come with certain doses of one medication to the other.
Examples of combination medications for type 2 diabetes:
- Metformin and glipizide (Metaglip)
- Rosiglitazone and glimepiride (Avandaryl)
- Pioglitazone and metformin (ACTOplus Met)
- Metformin and glyburide (Glucovance)
- Rosiglitazone and metformin (Avandamet)
- Pioglitazone and glimepiride (duetact)
- American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2009. Diabetes Care. 2009;32:S13-61.
- Becker G. Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the newly Diagnosed. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Marlowe & Company; 2007.
- McCulloch D. Patient information: Diabetes type 2: Overview. UpToDate Web site. January 30, 2009. Available at: http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=~n0K0MIfI1iZs.&selectedTitle=5~150&source=search_result. Accessed April 20, 2009.
- McCulloch D. Patient information: Diabetes mellitus type 2: Overview. UpToDate Web site. December 4, 2008. Available at: http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=~X0jjLnBn4._ko&selectedTitle=4~150&source=search_result. Accessed April 20, 2009.