Since metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, your doctor may prescribe medication to manage these specific risk factors. For example, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, your doctor may give you specific medications to help control those levels.
Examples of types of medications to help control blood pressure include:
Examples of medications to control blood sugar levels if you have type 2 diabetes include:
Examples of medications used to manage high triglyceride levels include:
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Last reviewed June 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
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