The oral antidiabetic drugs are used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes that is not controlled by diet and exercise alone. These drugs are not effective for treating type 1 diabetes. Five types of oral antidiabetic drugs are currently in use:
• Sulfonylureas (glimepiride, glyburide)
• Biguanides (metformin)
• Alpha (a)-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose, migli-tol)
• Meglitinides (nateglinide, repaglinide)
• Thiazolidinediones (pioglitazone, rosiglitazone)
Additional drugs are listed in the Summary Drug Table: Antidiabetic Drugs.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.