Diabetes drugs you inject that aren't insulin
Insulin injections are a well-known treatment for type 1 diabetes and for some people with type 2 diabetes. However, other injectable diabetes medications for type 2 diabetes are available called GLP-1 analogues or incretin mimetics.
These injectable treatments are designed to act in a similar way to the body's natural hormone GLP-1. This helps the body produce insulin when high blood sugar levels are detected, and with a lower risk of very low blood sugar ( hypoglycaemia, or hypos).
GLP-1 analogues currently used by the NHS include exenatide and liraglutide.
A doctor may select these injectables for people with type 2 diabetes who are obese and taking metformin plus a sulphonylurea. The injections may also lead to some modest weight loss.
Injections are usually daily, but a once-a-week version of exenatide is available.
Possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headache.