People with type 2 diabetes are often given medications including insulin to help manage their blood glucose levels. Most of these medications are in the form of tablets, but some are given by injection. These tablets or injections are intended to be used together with healthy eating and regular physical activity, not as a substitute.

Diabetes tablets are not an oral form of insulin and with recent drug developments, not all injectable medications are insulin. Eventually, it may be necessary for a person with type 2 diabetes to start taking insulin to control blood glucose levels, when their body is no longer producing enough insulin of its own. Sometimes tablets may be continued in addition to insulin.

Occasionally, side effects can occur with medications. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any problems. An alternative medication is usually available.

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