How do medications treat metabolic disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Usually, medications aren't a primary treatment for metabolic disorders-instead, strict diets usually play the most important role. Depending on the type of metabolic disorder, certain medications can help to manage the symptoms of the disorder. The most common medications are usually painkillers to manage any pain, or vitamin supplements that can help replace any deficiencies caused by the disorder. Some medications have been developed that can help specific disorders, such as miglustat for Gaucher type 1, and metreleptin for generalized lipodystrophy. Type 2 diabetes can be treated with insulin. 

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