An analysis of six classes of oral diabetes medications suggests that similar results may be achieved with each class, but METFORMIN tends to cause fewer side effects and it's cheap.
"Metformin continues to be an inexpensive medication and it's very efficacious," said the study's lead author, Dr. Wendy Bennett, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
There are 11 classes of diabetes medications that are approved to treat high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes in the United States. Nine of these classes of medications have been available since 1995, according to background information in the study, which was led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, along with researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and the University of North Carolina at ChapelHill.
A review of 166 studies was used to assess the six classes of medications.
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