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Medicines for Diabetes

Your diabetes health care team will find the right treatments for your child. Using a personalized diabetes care plan is part of treatment. The care plan may include medicines to help keep your child’s blood sugar levels in a healthy range. For example:

  • Many people with diabetes need to take insulin to let the sugar in their blood get into the cells so it can be used for energy.
  • Glucagon is a medicine used to treat very low blood sugar levels.
  • Other kinds of medicines are sometimes given to treat kids and teens with type 2 diabetes.

Whether your child has type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, be sure to give them their medicines exactly as prescribed to help prevent problems. If you have questions about the diabetes medicines, talk to your child’s doctor or care team.

Reviewed by: Melanie L. Pitone, MD
Date Reviewed: Apr 1, 2022

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