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What is Saxagliptin used for?

Saxagliptin is an oral medicine used to treat people with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). This medicine helps control blood sugar levels, which is used in combination with a proper diet and exercise program. Controlling of high blood sugar levels helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, and sexual function problems. Saxagliptin works by regulating the insulin levels of the body after eating food. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Saxagliptin?

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

Saxagliptin can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Saxagliptin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Saxagliptin 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 unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Saxagliptin?

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

What other drugs could interact with Saxagliptin?

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

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 medicines that may increase the effect of Saxagliptin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Saxagliptin can interact with antidepressants, antifungal medications, and blood pressure medications.

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 Saxagliptin?

Like other medicines, Saxagliptin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Saxagliptin 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 Saxagliptin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Saxagliptin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Saxagliptin can cause side effects such as headache, stomach pain, cough, sore throat and runny nose. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Saxagliptin.

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

Is it possible for me to take Saxagliptin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Saxagliptin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Saxagliptin?
How will Saxagliptin work in my body?
How should Saxagliptin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Saxagliptin 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 Saxagliptin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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