Does pramlintide treat more than one condition?

Pramlintide is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help treat high blood sugars associated with two conditions: type 1 diabetes mellitus and type 2 diabetes mellitus, when insulin therapy is not acheiving blood glucose goals. Insulin is necessary for glucose to be taken into most all cells of the body for use as fuel.

In type 1 diabetes, the body is not able to make any insulin, so an outside source of insulin is needed; insulin is taken as an injection.
In type 2 diabetes, the body is able to make some, but not enough, insulin; or not enough insulin is taken into the cells, so oral non-insulin medicines are needed to get glucose into the cells and insulin is added when necessary. If insulin is not working as well as desired, adding pramlintide helps to lower blood sugar level.


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