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Non-insulin injectable

Non-insulin injectable medications may be used by people with type 2 diabetes. Incretin mimetics are a class, or group, of medication given by injection, but they are not insulin. They mimic the effect of the body’s own ‘incretin hormones’ which help to manage blood glucose levels after meals.

Chemical names:

  • Dulaglutide
  • Exenatide
  • Liraglutide

Points to remember about incretin mimetics:

  • They may cause allergic reactions in some people.
  • Exenatide is not recommended for people with severe gastrointestinal disease or severe kidney disease.
  • They should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Read more in our fact sheet Medications for type 2 diabetes.

How are you going with your diabetes health checks?

Regular checks can help prevent serious diabetes complications like problems with your feet, eyes, heart and kidneys. Individual members of your health care team will let you know how often you need checks, so you can schedule them into your calendar.

Your medications should be reviewed every year as part of your diabetes health check, or more often if your blood glucose levels are not in your target range.