An injectable medication, pramlintide acetate (Symlin®) is used to treat type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. This prescription drug is intended to be used along with insulin -- it is not a substitute for insulin. Pramlintide should be used only in people who do not have good blood sugar control while using insulin.
Pramlintide works to control blood sugar by decreasing the amount of sugar produced by the liver and slowing down the emptying of food from the stomach. It is typically taken before each major meal (containing at least 250 calories or 30 grams of carbohydrates). Headaches, nausea, and vomiting are some of the common side effects seen with this product.
(To learn more about the uses, effects, and dosing of this medication, click Pramlintide.)