Information about Saxagliptin
Saxagliptin 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 Saxagliptin works
Saxagliptin 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 Saxagliptin
Headache, Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea, Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages), Upper respiratory tract infection, Urinary tract infection
Expert advice for Saxagliptin
- Saxagliptin should be taken at the same time every day since this helps you remember to take it.
- Be careful while driving or operating machinery until you know how Saxagliptin affects you.
- 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.
- Inform your doctor if you notice joint pains or develop symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and/or vomiting.