Medication for Diabetes


This video provides an introduction to taking medication


The first way to treat type 2 diabetes is often meal planning, weight loss, and exercise. Often these steps are not enough to bring your A1c to a healthy range. The next step is taking medication.

Your diabetes care team will decide which medication is right for you.  It depends on:

  • Your lifestyle
  • Physical condition
  • How you respond to the medicine
  • Insurance coverage

  • Cost Saving Ideas For Your Diabetes Medications:
  • Ask your provider to prescribe your medication in a generic form if available. Please note that many medications used to control diabetes are NOT available in generic form.
  •  Check with your insurance company to see if there is a similar medication with a lower co-pay. We try to prescribe a medication that is covered by your insurance but sometimes we don’t know what your insurance covers, and they will not discuss this with us.  It is your policy and they will only discuss it with you.
  • Ask your provider if there is a coupon to help lower the co-pay for the medication prescribed. Unfortunately, if you have Medicare or Medicaid, you cannot use a coupon.
  •  If you use insulin pens, check with your insurance company to see if it is less expensive to use vials and syringes. If so, you may want to consider changing to these.
  •  Many pharmaceutical companies offer prescription assistance programs that you may qualify for. If interested, please let us know and we can assist you to obtain the necessary application forms.