Having uncomfortable side effects from your type 2 medications?

30d51b34-2647-11df-b61e-0017a4aa266a 0e6d33e5-2649-11df-9d36-0017a4aa266a Tip 13Some type 2 diabetes drugs can cause uncomfortable side effects, such as gastrointestinal distress. Work with your doctor to find a strategy that minimizes the discomfort while maximizing results.

Know what to expect.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist what side effects are associated with the medication so you’ll be prepared and know what is.

Start slow.
Starting with a small dosage and incrementally increasing (i.e., titration) can help ease some side effects.

Give it time.
Often your body just needs to adjust to the medication. Make sure you give your medication an adequate trial and let it work to its full therapeutic effect.

Other options.
If side effects are unbearable, there may be other medication options for you. Never stop taking a drug without speaking with your diabetes care team first. Most of the time you can work together to find a treatment option that’s both effective and compatible with your lifestyle.


National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. What I Need to Know About Diabetes Medication. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/medicines_ez/. (Accessed 07/07/11).

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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Last Modified Date: November 27, 2012

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