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    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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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Nov 2019 | 01:33 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Linagliptin

    • Linagliptin should be taken at 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. What are the side effects of Linagliptin?

    Linagliptin may cause side effects such as stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, cough, and diarrhea. Whereas, the serious side effects include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), allergic reactions, joint pain which can be severe, a skin reaction (bullous pemphigoid), and inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) which may be severe and can even lead to death.

    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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)