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Linagliptin

Information

Uses

Linagliptin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

How it works

Linagliptin increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose.

Common side effects

Hypoglycaemia (fall in blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea, Headache, Nasopharyngitis

Available Medicine

  • ₹450
    Boehringer Ingelheim
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹450
    Lupin Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. A planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines.
  • Notify your doctor if you have or ever had:
    • A disease of the pancreas (such as pancreatitis).
    • Gallstones, alcohol dependency or very high levels of triglycerides (a form of fat found in blood) in your blood. These medical conditions can increase your chance of getting pancreatitis.
    • Type 1 diabetes.
    • Diabetic ketoacidosis (a complication of diabetes with high blood sugar, rapid weight loss, nausea or vomiting)
    • Any past or present kidney problems.
    • An allergic reaction to Linagliptin
     

Frequently asked questions

Linagliptin

Q.

Is linagliptin better than sitagliptin?
Linagliptin and sitagliptin belong to same class of drugs (DPP-4 inhibitor) with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response

Q.

Is linagliptin available in India?
Yes, linagliptin is available in India with brand name as Trajenta

Q.

Is linagliptin generic?
Linagliptin is generic name; however, linagliptin is not available in a generic form

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Is linagliptin safe?
Linagliptin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.

How is linagliptin excreted?
Linagliptin is mainly excreted in stools and less in urine

Q.

What is linagliptin and for which treatment used for?
Linagliptin belongs to a group of medications called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, and used in addition to diet and exercise for the treatment of type-2 diabetes.


Content on this page was last updated on 09 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)