Sometimes medication or insulin is necessary to help maintain safe blood sugars.
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Will I have to take medication or insulin for gestational diabetes?
Changing your diet and increasing activity are the first treatment options for gestational diabetes. Medication and insulin are second treatment options if blood sugars continue to be over the limit.
Some women have blood sugar so high that they need medication or insulin immediately. You and your doctor will discuss options if this is the case.
Medication for Gestational Diabetes
There are different medications used to treat diabetic patients. Each medication performs different tasks, but they all work towards lowering blood sugars.
Your doctor will prescribe a medication based on your particular situation.
Commonly, metformin is prescribed.
Insulin and Gestational Diabetes
Insulin also needs a prescription, but it falls in its own category. It's not considered medication: it's insulin.
Insulin is administered through a needle and syringe and is self-injected daily.
Comprehensive article on each medication and insulin coming soon.