There are many different kinds of medications used to treat diabetes. It may be oral medications or insulin and it may be one of a number of brands that produce that particular medication. And of that brand of medication it may be one of several formulations prescribed to an individual by their doctor. Many of these details are often not mentioned when someone is prescribed one of the many options for diabetes treatment. For medication that can be potentially lethal if the dose is drastically off, it seems that doctors would take extra care to make sure their patients know exactly what kind of medication they are prescribed and the correct dosage. But they don’t.

“Patients often do not know the name of the medications they take or that a brand of insulin can have several formulations,” says Ann Heesacker, from ​

There is almost always some level of miscommunication between doctor and patient which can cause a lot of confusion. Since the proper education on diabetes medications is not something we can count on in the foreseeable future it is up to the patient to learn everything they can about the medications they are taking and the different medication options that are out there on the market. As a patient, make sure you are asking your doctor exactly what he is prescribing and why he chose it as opposed to other formulations, brands and types of medication.

It is also important to understand the differences in medication for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They are treated very differently when it comes to medication. Type 2 diabetes often requires some kind of oral medication and depending on the individual they may also require insulin. Whereas treatment for type 1 always requires insulin and is usually not accompanied with an oral medication to lower blood sugar. Make sure your doctor explains to you the differences and is clear in informing you which type you have along with the lifestyle adjustments that may need to be made for your particular diagnosis.

No one is going to care more about your health than you. So it is your job to make sure you get the information you need to develop the best control you can have. You should trust your doctor, but not too much. Your doctor and other medical professionals that you work with do have answers and can help you, but you need to ask questions in order to get the details needed to really understand this disease.

To learn more on this topic:
How to Get Discounts on Medical Care and Medications
Diabetes Medications: Managing Side Effects
When to Update or Change Your Diabetes Medications