Reference : Oral antidiabetic agents. A guide to selection.
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Human health sciences : Pharmacy, pharmacology & toxicology
Human health sciences : Endocrinology, metabolism & nutrition
Oral antidiabetic agents. A guide to selection.
Scheen, André mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cliniques > Diabétologie, nutrition et maladie métaboliques - Médecine interne générale >]
Lefebvre, Pierre [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Diabétologie,nutrition, maladies métaboliques >]
Adis Press
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New Zealand
[en] Administration, Oral ; Aged ; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/drug therapy ; Humans ; Hypoglycemic Agents/administration & dosage ; Metformin/administration & dosage ; Sulfonylurea Compounds/administration & dosage ; Thiazoles/administration & dosage ; alpha-Glucosidases/antagonists & inhibitors
[en] Type 2 diabetes mellitus (formerly named non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or NIDDM) is a heterogeneous disease resulting from a dynamic interaction between defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. Various pharmacological approaches can be used to improve glucose homeostasis via different modes of action: sulphonylureas essentially stimulate insulin secretion, biguanides (metformin) act by promoting glucose utilisation and reducing hepatic-glucose production, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose) slow down carbohydrate absorption from the gut and thiazolidinediones (troglitazone) enhance cellular insulin action on glucose and lipid metabolism. These pharmacological treatments may be used individually for certain types of patients, or may be combined in a stepwise fashion to provide more ideal glycaemic control for most patients. Selection of oral antihyperglycaemic agents as first-line drug or combined therapy should be based on both the pharmacological properties of the compounds (efficacy and safety, profile) and the clinical characteristics of the patient (stage of disease, bodyweight, etc.). Mildly hyperglycaemic patients should preferably be treated with metformin, acarbose or thiazolidinediones (which are not associated with any hypoglycaemic risk), while more severely hyperglycaemic individuals should receive a sulphonylurea. In moderately hyperglycaemic patients, sulphonylureas should be preferred in nonobese patients while metformin, and probably also thiazolidinediones, should have priority in obese insulin-resistant type 2 diabetic patients. Acarbose is mainly indicated to reduce post-prandial glucose fluctuations and improve glycaemic stability. Each antihyperglycaemic agent may also be combined with insulin therapy to improve glycaemic control and/or reduce the insulin requirement of diabetic patients after secondary failure to oral treatment. Finally, safety should be taken into account in elderly patients and/or those with renal impairment, especially as far as the use of sulphonylureas (higher risk of hypoglycaemia) and metformin (higher risk of lactic acidosis) is concerned.

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