Information about Saxagliptin
Saxagliptin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is used in addition to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
How saxagliptin works
Saxagliptin is an anti-diabetic 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 saxagliptin
Headache, Upper respiratory tract infection, Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea, Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages)
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Expert advice for Saxagliptin
- Saxagliptin helps to control high blood sugar level and avoid long-term complications of diabetes.
- Saxagliptin can be taken with or without food.
- Monitor your blood sugar regularly.
- Chances of weight gain and low blood sugar are lesser as compared to other diabetes medicines.
- Inform your doctor immediately if you have severe stomach pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. These could be symptoms of pancreatitis.
- Inform your doctor immediately if you have severe joint pain.
Frequently asked questions for Saxagliptin
Q. Does Saxagliptin cause any weight loss (reduction)?
No, Saxagliptin neither causes weight loss nor weight gain. It is weight neutral. However, weight gain can be seen when Saxagliptin is used with other antidiabetic medicines like thiazolidinediones, sulfonylureas or insulin.
Q. Can Saxagliptin cause cancer?
Saxagliptin belongs to the group of drugs called incretins which have been associated with pancreatic cancer in some clinical studies. However, a definite evidence that they cause cancer is missing, so, it is advisable to talk to your doctor regarding the same.
Q. Can I use Saxagliptin with pioglitazone?
Yes, Saxagliptin can be used with pioglitazone. A combined use of the two medicines would be more effective in controlling blood sugar levels than either medicine alone. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to when they are used alone.
Q. Is Saxagliptin useful in the treatment of parkinsonism?
Saxagliptin is seen to be efficacious in the management of parkinsonism in some animal research studies only and is not advised for the management of parkinsonism in humans currently.
Q. How beneficial is it to use a combination of Saxagliptin and gliclazide?
Yes, Saxagliptin and gliclazide can be taken together as they can help in better control of blood sugar levels. However, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Consult your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. What is the benefit of using Saxagliptin with insulin?
Saxagliptin when taken with insulin can help in lowering the insulin dose and decrease the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). Consult your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. Would the results be better if I take Saxagliptin with metformin?
Yes, metformin taken along with Saxagliptin can help in better reduction of blood sugar levels compared to either drug taken alone. Moreover, fixed dose combinations of Saxagliptin with metformin are available.
Q. Are there any contraindications to the use of Saxagliptin?
Yes, the use of Saxagliptin is contraindicated in some conditions like a history of allergy to Saxagliptin, any ingredients of this drug or to any other drug of the same class. Saxagliptin should also be avoided in patients with a history of pancreatitis.
Q. Can I use Saxagliptin with dapagliflozin?
Yes, Saxagliptin can be used along with dapagliflozin. Both are antidiabetic drugs and can achieve better reduction of blood sugar levels when used together and can lower the risk of hypoglycemia and help in better reduction of body weight.
Q. Is the use of Saxagliptin is associated with a high risk of heart failure?
Yes, there are some cases of Saxagliptin-induced heart failure reported especially in patients with additional risk factors for heart failure. In case the patient develops symptoms of heart failure like increasing shortness of breath, the rapid increase in weight and swelling of the feet (pedal edema). Stop taking Saxagliptin and inform your doctor.
Q. How effective is Saxagliptin for diabetes mellitus?
Saxagliptin is indicated along with dietary modification and exercise in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is seen to significantly reduce blood glucose levels and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) when taken as a single drug or in combination with other anti-diabetic drugs.
Q. Is it beneficial to use Saxagliptin with glipizide?
Yes, it is beneficial to take Saxagliptin and glipizide. Both are antidiabetic drugs, however, they work in different ways. When taken together, they can help in better control of blood sugar levels. However, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase if the dose of glipizide is not adjusted.