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What Is Repaglinide Used For?

Is Repaglinide Used for Type 1 Diabetes?

Most people make insulin in their pancreas, including those with type 2 diabetes. However, with type 1 diabetes, the body does not make insulin (or not enough to control blood sugar levels). Repaglinide causes the cells inside the pancreas to make more insulin, but if insulin-producing cells do not work, as is the case with type 1 diabetes, repaglinide will not be effective. This is why it is not used to treat type 1 diabetes. Instead, a person with type 1 diabetes needs to take insulin medication.

Repaglinide as Part of Diabetes Treatment

The main goal of any diabetes treatment is to lower blood sugar levels (as measured by hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]) enough to reduce the risk for developing problems related to diabetes.
Any treatment for type 2 diabetes begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, medications such as repaglinide may be necessary.
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Is Repaglinide Used for Children?

Repaglinide has not been adequately studied in children; therefore, its use is not recommended. Ask your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using repaglinide in children with type 2 diabetes.

Is Repaglinide Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend repaglinide for something other than the condition discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for repaglinide.
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