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HEADLINE:  NEW OR OLD?

ANCHOR LEAD:  WHAT IS THE BEST MEDICATION FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Tried and true may be better than new and improved when it comes to medications to treat type 2 diabetes, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concluded in a recent analysis.  The agency found that certain medications emerged as superior in terms of cost, side effects and so on.  Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, concurs.

SAUDEK:  We have a panel of drugs we can use now and at least two of them are old, inexpensive, and effective.  And then there are a whole series of expensive, new, and difficult to use drugs in a way.  Metformin is generally regarded as the first line drug to use in type 2 diabetes.  Metformin however, can cause GI side effects in quite a few people.  The real sleeper drug class, I think, are the sulfonylureas, that is glipaside, globuride, and micronase.                                 :31

So talk with your doctor about the best choice of diabetes medication for you.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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