Diabetes: Ways to Take Medicine 

There are many kinds of diabetes medicines. Some are pills. Others must be given as a shot. Some can be taken in more than 1 way. Below are the main ways of taking these medicines.

Take your diabetes medicine as directed. If you have any questions, talk with your healthcare provider. Or ask your pharmacist.


  • Pills

Pill bottles and pills.


  • Shots (using a syringe or pen-like device)

Insulin pen and syringe.


  • Insulin pumps (can deliver a steady amount of insulin 24 hours a day)

Insulin pump.


  • Inhalers (deliver a fine insulin powder that you breathe in)


Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Robert Hurd MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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