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What is Linagliptin used for?

Linagliptin is an antidiabetic medicine used to lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Linagliptin is used together with a proper diet and exercise program to improve glucose (sugar) control. Controlling high blood sugar can help prevent nerve problems, heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, blindness and loss of limbs.

Linagliptin belongs to a class of medicines called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. It works by increasing the amount of incretin hormones in the body. This helps increase the production of insulin, thereby controlling blood sugar.

Linagliptin is NOT indicated for the treatment of type 1 diabetes and diabetic ketoacidosis. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Linagliptin?

The dosage of Linagliptin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Linagliptin can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Linagliptin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Linagliptin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Linagliptin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Linagliptin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Linagliptin?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Linagliptin.

Linagliptin can interact with the following types of medicines: HIV/AIDS medications, seizure medications, beta-blockers, tuberculosis medications, sulfa drugs, insulin or other oral diabetes medications.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Linagliptin, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Linagliptin?

Like other medicines, Linagliptin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Linagliptin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Linagliptin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Linagliptin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Linagliptin can cause side effects such as sore throat, cough, headache, weight gain, runny or stuffy nose. Some of the serious side effects of Linagliptin may include fever, pancreatitis and skin rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Linagliptin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Linagliptin?

Is it possible for me to take Linagliptin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Linagliptin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Linagliptin?
How will Linagliptin work in my body?
How should Linagliptin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Linagliptin drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Linagliptin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

Before taking Linagliptin, tell your doctor if you have a history of pancreatitis, high cholesterol, and also if you are using any other oral diabetes medication.

 

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