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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Saxagliptin is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor. It is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is a type of antidiabetic medication used in case proper diet and exercise alone is not sufficient to control and curb diabetes. Saxagliptin works by stimulating increase in the insulin secretion and decrease in sugar produced by your body.

If you have type 1 dibetes, have diabetic ketoacidiosis (high levels of blood ketone), or if you are allergic to Saxagliptin or any ingredient in it then you should refrain from using it. You should consult you doctor first, before using Saxagliptin if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, breastfeeding, have history of pancreatitis or angioedema, or if you are taking any medicines, supplements or herbal preparations.

Saxagliptin does not have any severe side effects. However, you may expeience sore throat, runny nose, upper stomach pain or back pain, sweling in ankles, feet or hands, or painful urination. If these effects continue for a prolonged period then you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Saxagliptin comes in the form of 2.5mg or 5mg tablets to be taken orally. You should not crush the tablets and should take one tablet on a regular basis and should continue the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

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Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Diabetologist before using this medicine.

  • Type 2 Diabetes

  • Headache

  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

  • Hypoglycaemia (Low Blood Sugar Level)

  • Nasopharyngitis

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Taking alcohol together with saxagliptin may affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Onglyza 5mg tablet is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Onglyza 5mg tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Patients should be advised to take precautions to avoid hypoglycaemia whilst driving.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    No dose adjustment is needed for patients with the mild renal disease. Not advisable in patients with moderate to severe renal disease.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    No dose adjustment is needed for patients with the mild liver disease .Not advisable in patients with moderate or severe liver disease.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Saxagliptin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Saxagliptin as ingredient

Saxagliptin treats type 2 diabetes. It is a dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitor (DPP-4). These compounds amplify with the action of the hormone incretins. Incretins magnifiy the absorption of sugar by the body, thereby reducing sugar level in the blood.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    Decmax 4Mg Tablet

    Pericort 4Mg Tablet

    Depo Medrol 40Mg/Ml Injection

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