What Are DPP-IV Inhibitors And When Are They Used?

Question: What are DPP-IV inhibitors and when are they used?

Answer:The DPP-IV inhibitors are a very new class of drugs, and they are taken as pills. The way that they work is by decreasing the breakdown of a substance you make yourself -- everyone makes it. And what this substance does is that it stimulates insulin secretion. So what these drugs do is they essentially increase your ability to make insulin.

They've been around not for very long. We don't know all that much about them since they were only approved in the year 2007. The drugs are taken, as I said, as pills, usually twice per day. And they work by lowering your blood sugar. So the way that you know they're working is that your blood sugar will decrease. These medicines are usually very well tolerated with very few side effects.


Next: What Is Nateglinide And Repaglinide, And When Are They Used?

Previous: What Are Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) And When Are They Used?

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3822133. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3822133. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3822133.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Ebola patients Nina Pham, left, Dr. Craig Spencer, center, and Amber Vinson are seen in undated file photos.
Courtesy Pham Family | LinkedIn | Obtained by ABC
PHOTO: Television personalities Mama June and Honey Boo Boo are seen in this, June 11, 2014, file photo.
Douglas Gorenstein/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
PHOTO: A New York City subway train is pictured in this stock image.
Andrew A. Smith/Getty Images