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If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin but is unable to use it well. Diabetes pills work by helping your body use insulin better or get rid of extra glucose (sugar) in your blood. Depending on your condition, your doctor will decide on the medication you need. You may need only one type of pill, a combination of pills, or pills together with insulin. Be sure to let your doctor know if you experience any side effects from your medication.

The picture below shows you the commonly used diabetes pills by their generic names and how they work on the respective organs to help regulate blood glucose levels. Ask your doctor if you do not know the generic names of the pills you are taking.

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