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Options to Take 1 Pill Instead of 3 – When You Have To

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I’ve never meant anyone who “likes” to take medications for high blood sugar but recent research show how taking them early on in your journey can actually make it easier to control blood sugars for years to come.

Specifically, taking a “duo-therapy” or two types of medications that address 2 of the 8 known deficiencies associated with type 2 diabetes has a “legacy” (long-lasting) effect for your future blood sugars.

And new to the market, is a triple-therapy pill. I mean, why take 3 pills if you have to, when you can take 1 with the 3 meds that will help?

The FDA just approved a once-daily pill called Trijardy XR (it has Jardiance, Trajenta, and an extended-release formula of metformin). I know. It sounds like names from an episode of Star Trek, but each address deficiencies in the body.

Also on the market is Qternmet. It has Farxiga, Onglyza and metformin. Is it just me or do this sound like some of Santa’s reindeer? Our friends at Diatribe get into the nuance of how these help.

It’s great to have options to not have to take so many pills when you need to take pills.

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2 Comments on “Options to Take 1 Pill Instead of 3 – When You Have To

JANELLE Lee
February 15, 2020 at 11:42 am

Are these drugs on any insurance carriers formulary ?

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Theresa Garnero
February 17, 2020 at 9:27 am

As you probably appreciate, each insurance has their own formulary for preferred medications. Sometimes what works is for your provider to write “do not substitute” on the prescription. In advance, you can call your insurance company to ask if they cover it (and better yet, your pharmacist can find that info out along with what your out of pocket expenses might be and make suggestions as to which ones ARE covered.) Sadly, it usually takes time for insurance carriers to approve new medications. But if your provider writes to say how the new medication will help you (less pill burden, less potential side effects with extended release), you might have better luck. Hope this helps! Theresa

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