By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2011-07-21 14:02:18 -0500
Started 2011-07-18 22:31:06 -0500

How many blood sugar medicines are there, and why so many?

6 replies

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 14:54:10 -0500 Report

I think a lot of it boils down to money. There are many out there. I think if you want to know how many, that might be a questions for a site like Many of them do similar things, but target different areas or theories of study. The more pills they can give you the happier they seem to be. And like JoleneAL said, every one is different and not all "standard treatments" work for everyone. Statins are my bane. The doc keeps trying different versions of them, but they all do the same thing to me. When will he get it? I protest, but he insists. It is crazy.

camerashy 2011-07-19 17:17:11 -0500 Report

The only statin that hasn't affected me negatively so far, (and I've been on it for a year and a half) is Simvistatin. It's the generic for (one of the brand names) heck, I'm not having a good day today. It's a wonder I even remembered how to get home . . .

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 18:44:05 -0500 Report

That is the one I am currently (supposed to be) taking. It gave me such bad leg and arch cramps that I couldn't stand it. They would go on and happen every night. Drove me crazy. Almost as soon as I stopped, the cramping stopped as well.

Sorry you had such a bad day...I hope it will get better.

jayabee52 2011-07-19 20:27:19 -0500 Report

have you tried Red rice yeast? I haven't tried it, but I have heard it is supposed to reduce cholesterol as well or better than statins. Might want to research that more, Gabby, if you haven't already

GabbyPA 2011-07-21 14:02:18 -0500 Report

I used to take it, but was a little worried about combining it with my niacin. I guess I should talk to my pharmacist about that. My mom was taking it, but she was experiencing similar side effects with muscle aches and so on. It is very similar to a statin.

JoleneAL 2011-07-19 05:31:22 -0500 Report

I don't know how many there are; but there is no cookie cutter treatment for each person. What may work for you, won't work for me. Some people who are diabetics also have other conditions they take medications for and interactions between those come into play.

This is the main problem with gov't health-care. They cookie-cutter a treatment plan and force everyone to use it, even though it may not work for them. Tricare is continually trying to force me to use a thyroid medication that has already been proven not to work for me; but that doesn't matter to them.

Think outside the box - we are all different, why shouldn't our treatment plans be different too?

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