Dulaglutide is used to treat type 2 diabetes and to protect you from having a heart attack or stroke. Dulaglutide may also protect your kidneys and may help you to live longer. Read more about type 2 diabetes.
Dulaglutide lowers your blood glucose in several ways, including by helping your pancreas produce more insulin after meals, slowing down food absorption and reducing your appetite. This is one reason why people on dulaglutide usually lose weight.
Dulaglutide can be used alone or with other diabetes medicines (eg, metformin, insulin, glipizide or gliclazide), along with healthy eating and regular exercise. Dulaglutide is available as an injection given under your skin.
Dulaglutide is NOT the same as insulin
Although dulaglutide is an injection, it is not insulin.
- Dulaglutide helps your body to release its own insulin just when you need it, improving blood glucose control throughout the week.
- Unlike insulin it won't cause weight gain or low blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia) when it's used alone.
- Unlike insulin, which requires 1 or more daily injections, you only need to have a dulaglutide injection once a week.