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Is it common to be one several drugs to lower blood sugars?

It seems like my Dr just keeps adding more and more diabetes medications instead of trying to find out why they are not working.

  1. I have not heard of this practice and we have no articles mentioning this. If my meds weren't working, my doctor always took me off of the current one and put me on a different one. Have you discussed this with your doctor or clarified whether you should be taking the previous medications still? Honestly, I'm surprised the pharmacist hasn't said something and that insurance pays for everything. If your doctor is not willing to explain things, I would consider getting a new one. ~Liz, Moderator

    1. My doctor would always cycle different meds. Never have I been put on multiple drugs.

      1. – That does seem frustrating to keep adding more and more treatments. According to our most recent Type 2 Diabetes In America survey, some folks do take multiple diabetes medications at a time, such as metformin and an additional oral medication or insulin. You can see more here:, under the "Finding your way with treatment and medication" heading, though it doesn't really explain why one's doctor may try to go that route, know that you're at least not alone. I echo Liz's thoughts on just checking with your doctor to ask about the rationale if possible. Best, Minel (Team Member)

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