New Drinkable Diabetes Medication Also Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol

Posted by Pharmacist on August 20, 2011

More than 25 million Americans have diabetes, the Associated Press reports. The disease can cause risky fluctuations in blood sugar because it interferes with carbohydrate metabolization. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin because their bodies do not produce insulin, while people with type 2 diabetes do not use effectively use insulin. In addition to meal planning and exercise, many type 2 diabetics take medication to help lower blood glucose levels. There are six classes of drugs that are used to help lower blood glucose levels:

  • Sulfonylureas
  • Meglitinides
  • Biguanides
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors
  • DPP-4 inhibitors

On July 25, 2011 Japanese drug maker Daii chi Sankyo announced regulatory approval for a new formulation of its product Welchol (colesevelam hydrochloride), which can now be combined with fruit juice and diet soft drinks. This offers additional accessibility to patients who may be interested in the convenience of a drinkable medication.

Welchol was approved as a diabetes medication that could be mixed with water in 2009; it is unique in that it is the only drinkable diabetes drug that lowers both blood glucose levels and LDL, or “bad cholesterol.”

One Response to “New Drinkable Diabetes Medication Also Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol”
  1. Rob N says:

    That is pretty cool. As a pharmacy director, I sometimes miss these new indications. Thanks you for the great content.

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