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Tip of The Week- Oral Diabetes Medication Review

Oral hypoglycemics are a class of medications used to lower the blood sugar of Type II diabetics. Sulfonylureas like glyburide lowers the blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas while metformin helps regulate the amount of blood sugar in the body.

An initial dosage is prescribed and adjustments are made depending on the body’s response to the medications. It should be taken religiously and not be discontinued unless advised by the physician.

Nurses should carefully educate patients taking oral hypoglycemics that a side effect of the medication is hypoglycemia. They should always check their blood sugar levels and have with them sugar-containing foods or drinks like hard candy or fruit juices. They should also be taught on the symptoms of both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia including DKA and to report severe persistent side effects to the prescribing physician.

American Diabetes Association on Oral Diabetic Medications

NIH Diabetes Information Page

NIH-NIDDK Diabetes Medications Info Page


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