Three diabetes treatments recommended
Three drugs can all be used on their own if a patient can’t use metformin or other specific drugs and diet and exercise alone isn’t controlling their blood glucose levels.
About 3 million people in the UK have type 2 diabetes. Some 31,000 people may be eligible for the three recommended treatments: canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin (Forxiga) and empagliflozin (Jardiance).
Type 2 diabetes is long-term condition that has a serious impact on people who live with it, and the treatments given should be tailored for the individual.
Many people whose blood glucose levels aren’t controlled by diet and exercise alone, metformin is the first drug treatment they’ll be offered. Some people may experience nausea and diarrhoea, and they may not be able to take it if they have kidney damage.
Others who can’t take a sulfonylurea or pioglitazone, then the three drugs recommended in this guidance can be considered. This is as an alternative to the separate group of drugs called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. ….more