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What are GLP-1 receptor agonists?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

GLP-1 receptor agonists help the beta cells in the pancreas to release insulin. They also slow digestion and decrease appetite. GLP-1 receptor agonists are taken by injections under the skin using small needles. GLP-1 receptor agonists available in the US are albiglutide (Tanzeum), dulaglutide (Trulicity), exenatide (Bydureon, Byetta) and liraglutide (Victoza).

GLP-1 receptor agonists may be prescribed alone or in combination with other diabetes drugs.

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