This fact sheet provides information on diabetes and medications for type 2 diabetes. Many people with type 2 diabetes need medications to help manage their blood glucose levels.
When you are first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may not need medication. However, over a period of time, most people need medications to help lower their blood glucose levels.
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help manage your diabetes. Ask about how these medications work and if there are any side effects you need to know about. Remember that the type—and dose—of the medication you need is likely to change over time.
Read more in our Medications for type 2 diabetes fact sheet.
Read more about the role of insulin in the management of type 2 diabetes in our Starting insulin booklet.