Two-in-One: Combination Pills

Several type 2 diabetes drugs are available in combination pills. These twofers can reduce costs and the number of pills you take. Here's what you need to know.


Combination Meds

What do a Swiss Army knife, Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick 2-in-1 Shampoo+Conditioner, and Glucovance have in common?

They're all combination products, designed to save you time, money, or both. Drug companies are introducing more combo medications -- two drugs in one pill -- to take advantage of patent expirations and competition from generics. Glucovance is a combination of glyburide and metformin, two medications that help people with type 2 control blood glucose.

Most combination pills deliver just two different types of medicine. Usually the two meds work together to treat one disease in different ways. Some pills contain two drugs to treat conditions that commonly occur together, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Diabetes Combo Pills

  • Actoplus Met: Combines Actos and metformin

  • Avandamet: Combines Avandia and metformin

  • Avandaryl: Combines Avandia and glimepiride

  • Duetact: Combines Actos and glimepiride

  • Glucovance: Combines glyburide and metformin

  • Janumet: Combines Januvia and metformin

  • Metaglip: Combines glipizide and metformin

  • PrandiMet: Combines Prandin and metformin