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Quick guide: Understanding medicines

Hand holding pill sorter box.Introduction

People with type 2 diabetes are often prescribed a number of different medicines by their doctor, to help them manage their diabetes, stay healthy and live longer. Despite these positives, taking medicines every day is difficult for most people.

This guide includes:

  • the reasons people with type 2 diabetes often take one or more medicines
  • the types of medicines they commonly take and what effect they have on the body
  • tips for taking your medicines as your doctor has prescribed.