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How do meglitinide drugs help treat diabetes?

Dr. Jack Merendino, MD
Endocrinologist

The meglitinides Prandin and Starlix prompt the body to make more insulin. They are fast-acting and their effect is fairly short—just a few hours. This means that in most cases they should be taken with each meal, so they are less convenient than some other diabetes medications. They are also less potent. As a result, they are less likely to cause severe hypoglycemia and may be a good choice for someone who has a major problem with low blood sugars from other diabetes medications.

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The diabetes drug Prandin (repaglinide) works by stimulating the pancreas to release more insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels. The type 2 diabetes medication is most effective when combined with a proper diet and exercise.

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