Your primary care doctor or endocrinologist may recommend oral or injected medications beyond insulin. Different diabetes medications take different approaches to control your diabetes.

Diabetes medications prescribed for you might:
  • Stimulate your pancreas to produce and release more insulin.
  • Inhibit the production and release of glucose from your liver, which means you need less insulin to transport sugar into your cells.
  • Block the action of stomach enzymes that break down carbohydrates or
  • Make your tissues more sensitive to insulin.
Your doctor might prescribe low-dose aspirin therapy to help prevent cardiovascular disease.
You may need to take additional medications to treat other conditions associated with diabetes. For instance, you may need medication to lower blood pressure or reduce cholesterol. If your medication schedule gets too complicated, some people find a written outline of when to take each pill is helpful in addition to using a pill organizer.