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What conditions can be treated with repaglinide?

Repaglinide (brand name Prandin) is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes are not able to regulate their blood sugar, either because they don't make enough insulin or their cells have stopped responding to it. Insulin is the hormone that moves glucose (another word for sugar) out of the blood and into cells, where it can be used for fuel. In type 2 diabetes, sugar builds up in the blood stream, causing damage throughout the body.

Taking a medicine like repaglinide can help lower blood sugar levels, which in turn lowers the risk for complications such as heart disease, leg amputations and strokes.

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