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Diabetes: Ways to Take Medicine

There are many kinds of diabetes medicines. Some are pills. Others must be given as a shot. Some can be taken in more than 1 way. Below are the main ways of taking these medicines.

Take your diabetes medicine as directed. If you have any questions, talk with your healthcare provider. Or ask your pharmacist.


Prescription medication bottles.

Shots (using a syringe or pen-like device)

Insulin pen and syringe.

Insulin pumps (can deliver a steady amount of insulin 24 hours a day)

Insulin pump.

Inhalers (deliver a fine insulin powder that you breathe in)

Insulin inhaler.

Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Robert Hurd MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Ronald Karlin MD
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2021
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