Starting a new medication can be a big change in your life. Be sure to ask your doctor, pharmacist or diabetes educator:
- the name of your medication
- what it does
- what the side effects are
- when to take it
- what affect alcohol may have
- whether or not to take your medication if you become sick or have to fast for a procedure.
Everyone’s diabetes is different. Some medications will suit you, and others will not. Keep in mind that you may need to change your medications over time.
If you have type 1 diabetes, taking insulin every day is essential. Without it you will become seriously unwell and require treatment in hospital.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you may not need any medications at first. However, most people do benefit from taking one or two medications as things change. Many people with type 2 diabetes find that taking insulin is the best way to manage their blood glucose levels.
If you have gestational diabetes (GDM), your endocrinologist may recommend you start taking insulin. This is safe for you and your baby. Usually, you will stop taking insulin after the birth.
All medications have benefits and side effects. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or diabetes educator about these. And report any concerns you have when taking a new medication.