Information about Linagliptin

Linagliptin Uses

Linagliptin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is used along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

How Linagliptin works

Linagliptin is an antidiabetic medication. It works by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas and decreasing the hormones that raise blood sugar levels. This reduces the fasting and postmeal sugar levels.

Common side effects of Linagliptin

Headache, Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea, Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages), Cough, Allergic reaction
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Available Medicine for Linagliptin

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Expert advice for Linagliptin

  • Linagliptin should be taken at the same time every day since this helps you remember to take it.
  • It may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal.
  • Always carry some sugary food or fruit juice with you in case you experience hypoglycemia symptoms such as cold sweats, cool pale skin, tremor and anxiety.
  • Be careful while driving or operating machinery until you know how Linagliptin affects you.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice joint pains or develop symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

Frequently asked questions for Linagliptin


Q. What is Linagliptin used for?

Linagliptin is used to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. In these patients, the body does not make enough insulin or is not able to use the produced insulin properly. Linagliptin is used in patients whose blood sugar levels cannot be adequately controlled with one oral anti-diabetic medicine. It should be taken along with a balanced diet combined with exercise. Linagliptin may be used together with other anti-diabetic medicines such as metformin, sulphonylureas (e.g. glimepiride, glipizide), empagliflozin, or insulin.

Q. When should I take Linagliptin? What if I miss a dose?

Linagliptin can be taken with or without food at any time of the day. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as the patient remembers. A double dose should not be taken on the same day.

Q. Is Linagliptin bad for kidneys?

No, there is no evidence that Linagliptin is bad for kidneys. It can be used without any dose adjustment in patients with renal impairment.

Q. Is Linagliptin safe to be taken for a long time?

Yes, it is safe to take Linagliptin for a long time. Its long-term use which can be months or even years has not shown any harmful effects.

Q. For how long I have to take Linagliptin? Can I stop the medication?

You should keep taking Linagliptin as directed by your doctor. You may have to take it for the rest of your life depending on how well you can tolerate it. Do not abruptly stop taking the medicine, as it keeps your blood sugar levels under control and prevents health problems which may cause serious problems if left unchecked.


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