What Medications Lower A1C Levels?

What Medications Lower A1C Levels?

Several new medications are on the market now to help those with diabetes reduce their A1C levels. Here is an overview of the top 4 new diabetic medications that can reduce both blood sugar levels and A1C test levels.

Farxiga

Farxiga consists of a tablet taken daily that reduces sugar in the bloodstream and also will reduce A1C when taken for at least 12 weeks. Farxiga removes blood sugar through the urine. Farxiga may be taken alone or in conjunction with other medications to lower blood sugar and A1C levels. People who use Farxiga alone or with other medications have also noticed weight loss and lower blood pressure readings. Farxiga is not designed to reduce weight or to lower blood pressure, however.

People with kidney problems should not use Farxiga. Some of the side effects of this medication include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dehydration.
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Nausea, which may subside after using the medication over time.
  • Vaginal and penile yeast infections

Invokana

Invokana has been proven in clinical studies to reduce blood sugar and A1C levels better than some of the leading diabetes medications, including Januvia. One Invokana tablet is taken once per day, and will reduce blood glucose levels, A1C levels, promote weight loss and reduce blood pressure. Invokana works by removing blood sugar through the urine. Taking Invokana with regular exercise has greatly improved the A1C levels of the diabetics that use it.

Side effects of Invokana include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood sugar
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Changes in urination patterns

Tanzeum

Tanzeum is an injection given to reduce blood glucose readings and A1C levels. Tanzeum is taken one day per week. Tanzeum acts to promote insulin production and slow down digestion, causing lower levels of blood sugar. Use this medication in conjunction with other diabetic medications to reduce a patient’s blood sugar and lower A1C levels to below 7.

Side effects of using Tanzeum may include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Pancreatitis
  • Renal impairment or kidney problems

Bydureon

Bydureon injections can be added to diet, exercise and any oral diabetes medications to decrease A1C levels and bring blood sugar within normal ranges. According to a recent study, diabetics who used Bydureon noticed a reduction in their A1C levels of an average of 1.6 percent over 24 weeks. These patients also lost five pounds. Bydureon is not intended to be taken only for weight loss, however.

Side effects of Bydureon may include:

  • Nausea that may decrease over time
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Itching or a small bump at the injection site
  • Indigestion
  • Pancreatitis
  • Thyroid tumors