Generic Drugs for Diabetes

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The following is a list of drugs used in the treatment of diabetes, including the trade & generic drug names.

The list is sorted according to affordability, computed as the cost per day of using the medicine. The parts of the table are as follows:

  • Brand name refers to the trade name of the drug.
  • Generic name refers to the name of the active ingredient. Medicines with the same generic names have similar pharmacologic effects.
  • Class refers to the mechanism of action of the drug. Medicines within the same class have similar pharmacologic effects, but may vary in the side-effects and frequency of taking the drug.
  • Initial dose refers to the usual amount given when the drug is initially prescribed.
  • Initial freq refers to the number of times the drug is taken each day, when it is initially prescribed.
  • Unit Price refers to the manufacturer's price per tablet.
  • Cost per day refers to the total cost of taking the drug daily, considering the stock dose, initial dose and initial frequency.

How can I make use of this data?

The data may be used by physicians to compare the cost of different drugs for diabetes. The tabular format provides physicians a quick survey of the comparative prices and cost-per-day of using a particular drug.

The data may be used by patients to search for more affordable drugs with the same action and bioavailability as their current prescription drug.


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Centile Rank Brand Name Generic Name Stock Dose (mg) Initial Dose (mg) Initial Freq. Unit Price Cost per day
0 Benmide Glibenclamide 5 5 1 0.75 0.75
1 Ritemed Metformin 500 500 1 3.09 3.09
2 Gludin Metformin 500 500 1 3.20 3.20
3 Neoform Metformin 500 500 1 3.35 3.35
4 Diamet 500 Metformin 500 500 1 3.50 3.50
4 Pioglon Pioglitazone 15 15 1 3.50 3.50
6 Pharex Metformin 500 500 1 3.75 3.75
7 Azukon MR Gliclazide 30 30 1 3.95 3.95
9 Euglodin Glibenclamide 5 5 1 4.00 4.00
9 Glazide Gliclazide 80 80 1 4.00 4.00
11 Nidcor Metformin 500 500 1 4.32 4.32
12 Euglotab Glibenclamide 5 5 1 4.50 4.50
12 Winthrop Metformin 500 500 1 4.50 4.50
12 Zebet Gliclazide 80 80 1 4.50 4.50
15 Glicla Natrapharm Gliclazide 30 30 1 5.00 5.00
16 Diafat Metformin 500 500 1 5.19 5.19
17 Gliget MR Gliclazide 30 30 1 5.45 5.45
18 Daonil Glibenclamide 5 5 1 5.48 5.48
19 Glucoform Metformin 500 500 1 5.60 5.60
19 I-Max Metformin 500 500 1 5.60 5.60
21 Getz Gliclazide 30 30 1 6.00 6.00
21 Melta SE Metformin 500 500 1 6.00 6.00
21 Neomet Metformin 500 500 1 6.00 6.00
24 Clibite Gliclazide 80 80 1 6.00 6.00
26 Allase Glibenclamide 5 5 1 6.09 6.09
27 Orabetic Glibenclamide 5 5 1 6.16 6.16
28 Gluconil Gliclazide 80 80 1 6.28 6.28
29 Panfor SR Metformin 500 500 1 6.50 6.50
30 Ansures MR Metformin 500 500 1 7.00 7.00
30 Clizid Gliclazide 80 80 1 7.00 7.00
30 Gluban Glibenclamide 5 5 1 7.00 7.00
33 Glubitor Gliclazide 80 80 1 7.08 7.08
34 Glumet Metformin 500 500 1 7.22 7.22
35 Fornidd Metformin 500 500 1 7.40 7.40
36 Glimax Glipizide 5 5 1 7.43 7.43
37 Dianorm Gliclazide 80 80 1 7.62 7.62
38 Brilizid Glipizide 5 5 1 7.80 7.80
39 Azulix MF Glimepiride + Metformin 1+500 1+500 1 8.00 8.00
39 Diaberid Glimepiride 2 2 1 8.00 8.00
39 Lodulce Glibenclamide 5 5 1 8.00 8.00
43 Euform Retard Metformin 850 850 1 8.90 8.90
44 Rimepril Glimepiride 2 2 1 9.00 9.00
45 Diamicron Gliclazide 80 80 1 9.10 9.10
45 Diamicron MR Gliclazide 30 30 1 9.10 9.10
47 Euglo Plus Metformin + Glibenclamide 400+2.5 400+2.5 1 9.28 9.28
48 Humamet Metformin 500 500 1 9.40 9.40
49 Acotril Glimepiride 2 2 1 9.61 9.61
50 Arya Glimepiride 2 2 1 9.90 9.90
51 Aforglim 2 Glimepiride 2 2 1 9.96 9.96

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Compiled by healthypinoy.com staff from MIMS 2013 136th ed. and The Generics Pharmacy Pricelist Oct. 2012.
Last updated July 31, 2013.