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Diabetes Medicines Search Here. Note – You should not take any medicine unless your doctor advises you to do so.


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Saxagliptin - Highlights

  • Schedule – H
  • Rx – Prescription Required
  • Active Ingredient – Saxagliptin
  • Generic Name – Saxagliptin
  • Drug Class – DPP- 4 Inhibitors
  • Indication – Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
  • Dosage – 2.5 Mg to 5 Mg OD should be Taken Just Before Diet or After Meal Or As Directed By Physician
  • Storage – Store This Medicine at room temperature (10-30°C)

Saxagliptin - Introduction

It is a oral anti Diabetic drug. It belongs to a class of drugs called DPP-4 Inhibitors. It is is used in combination with certain other medicines such as metformin,  rosiglitazone and pioglitazone, insulin, a sulfonylurea medicine such as glimepiride or glibenclamide or metformin plus a sulfonylurea or a SGLT2 inhibitor such as dapagliflozin to help lower blood sugar levels. It is used when diet plus exercise and the single medicine do not provide adequate blood sugar level control in Diabetes Type 2.

Saxagliptin - Advantages For Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

It improves the levels of insulin in a blood  after a meal. It reduces the amount of glucose made by the body. It works when blood glucose is high, especially after a meal  when the body needs the greatest amount of help in lowering blood glucose. It also lowers blood glucose between meals.

How to use Saxagliptin?

You should take this medicine in the dose as advised by your doctor. Do not crush or break and Swallow it as a whole and this Tablet should be taken 2.5  mg to 5 mg OD with or without food with a full glass of water , but it is better to take it at a fixed time regularly.

Note – Patients should take it regularly at the same time each day to get the more benefits from this medicine.

Common Side Effects

All medicines can have side effects. Generally side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if side effects persist or if you’re worried about side effects.

Tell your doctor or Pharmacist if you feel any of the following and they worry you:

  • Breathing Difficulty or tightness in the chest
  • Discomfort in swallowing
  • Dizziness, looking pale and rash
  • Feeling depression and anxiety
  • Headache, Joint pain, Back Pain
  • Runny nose, sore throat and cough
  • Stomach pain
  • Swelling of hands, ankles or feet
  • Anaemia
  • Urinary tract infection such as an urge to urinate frequently and painful burning when passing urine

If you forget to take a dose of Medicine ?

If you occasionally miss to take a dose of  this medicine , Do not worry because you are not alone here. Suppose that If you forget  a dose, take it as soon as possible. If you have only a short time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose. Do not take extra medication.

Is this tablet a Habit Forming drug?

Answer- No habit forming

Safety Alerts

  • Alcohol                        Unsafe
  • Pregnancy                  Safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding            Safe In breastfeeding
  • Driving                        Caution
  • Kidney                         Caution

Drugs Interactions

There are 2 Major drug Interactions with following drugs. You should avoid combinations with following drugs.

  • Bexarotene
  • Gatifloxacin

When Not To Use  Medicine ?

  • If Patients Have a history of allergy to Saxagliptin or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation then this medicine is not prescribed for that patients .
  • If Patients Have long-term digestive disorders due to the increased risk of conditions such as Inflammatory bowel disorder, heartburn, Gastroesophageal reflux diseases and related disorders then this medicine is not prescribed for that patients.
  • If Patients Have intestinal obstruction due to the increased risk  of the patient’s condition then this medicine is not prescribed for that patients .

You Should Not Take Alcohol With Medicines

You Should Not Take Alcohol with Following Type Of Medicines  Such As

  • Diabetes medications
  • Anti-anxiety and sleeping Medicines
  • Antibiotics
  • Antidepressants and mood stabilizing medicines
  • Coumadin
  • Erectile dysfunction Medicines
  • Blood pressure drugs
  • OTC cold and flu treatment Medicines
  • Non Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs commonly Painkillers

If You Intake Alcohol With Your medicines then Alcohol  can interact with medicines in different ways such as less Effectiveness of Medicines, Medicines Cause New Symptoms and make you feel more ill, Mixing alcohol and your medication can cause Toxicity and it leads to death.

Diabetes Management Is Not a science, Its An Art.