As part of your treatment for diabetes you may be prescribed other tablets to help control your diabetes and related conditions better. You may already be on all or some of these medications previous to being diagnosed with diabetes.
These may include tablets for:
You may be precribed any of the tablets lised below to lower your high blood pressure and also reduce the risk of progressive damage in diabetic kidney disease.
They are also thought to prevent damage from heart disease in people with diabetes.
In most cases, treatment for high blood pressure is for life. You can reduce your blood pressure by reducing your salt intake
These tablets are usually for treating high raised fat levels in the blood also known as cholesterol or hyperlipidaemia. The tablets used to treat raised blood fats can be divided into three groups:
Statins e.g. Atorvastatin, Fluvastatin, Pravastatin, Simvastatin, rosuvastatin Usually taken at night.
How They Work: They can reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and produce a slight increase in ‘good’ cholesterol. Statins can also reduce triglycerides (simple fats stored in the body tissues). High levels of triglycerides are also associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Download the Statins patient information leaflet
Fibrates e.g Bezafibrate, Ciprofibrate, Fenofibrate
How They Work: The main effects are in lowering the total cholesterol and triglycerides and raises the HDL- cholesterol (the good fat)
Ezetimibe - Ezitrol
How they work: It reduces the fat absorption from the intestines