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Meglitinides
Meglitinides are similar to sulfonylureas in that they force the pancreas to produce more insulin. However, they are short-acting and are less likely to cause dangerously low blood sugar. They are usually taken before every meal. Meglitinides include:
 
Thiazolidinediones
These medications (also called glitazones) work primarily by helping the body use its natural insulin better. These diabetes medications include:
 
Pioglitazone is one of the two active ingredients in Actoplus Met XR
 
Alpha Glucosidase Inhibitors
These medications prevent the breakdown of sugar and carbohydrates in the digestive tract, thereby slowing down their absorption. These medications are used to decrease blood sugar levels after meals. Varieties include:
 
Dipeptidyl Peptidase Inhibitors
This is a relatively new class of oral diabetes drugs. Currently, there are four medications available in the group -- alogliptin (Nesina®), linagliptin (Tradjenta®), sitagliptin (Januvia®), and saxagliptin (Onglyza®). These drugs increase incretin levels in the body. Incretin is a hormone that helps to control blood sugar.
 
Ergot Alkaloids
One ergot alkaloid, bromocriptine (Cycloset®) is approved for treating type 2 diabetes. Bromocriptine is actually an older medication that has been used for quite some time for other uses, although it was only recently approved for treating diabetes.
 
Bromocriptine works uniquely, compared to other diabetes medications. It works as a dopamine receptor agonist, which means that it binds to and stimulates dopamine receptors. Stimulating dopamine receptors in the brain at certain times of the day may "reset" the biological clock and improve metabolism. It is thought that seasonal changes in the metabolism of wild animals are due to similar mechanisms.
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