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What Drug Should I Take for Diabetes?

By    |   Tuesday, 18 November 2014 03:35 PM

Question: I have diabetes and can no longer afford the medicines I was taking (Lantus and Januvia). Do you have any suggestions for other diabetes medications? I take metformin and asked the pharmacist about the price of other insulin injections. It seems that are all are out of my price range. I am not low income, so am not eligible for government programs.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Insulin is available in short-acting, medium-duration and long-acting forms through the manufacturer (Eli Lilly) at no charge to many people with low incomes. Lantus has a similar program through the manufacturer. Meformin is available at no charge from Publix pharmacies and other retailers.
I would not lose a lot of sleep over having to replace the Januvia. Many recent studies have discounted the cost/benefit ratio for Januvia when compared with more traditional medications available, and the consensus seems to be the same among many patients who used to buy this expensive medication.
Many studies have concluded that Januvia is probably not worth the extra expense, and it seemed to not produce improved the results when compared with standard and less expensive options. If you fail to qualify for a need-based drug assistance program, consider buying some basic health insurance (which you really should carry) that will provide the discounts you are looking for with your medication purchase.
For other options available, you should discuss your situation with your doctor a social worker working within a hospital close to your home. Further information is also available by contacting the American Diabetes Association. You may be surprised to see a number of other programs available to you to make your medications more affordable for you.

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