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Onglyza can be prescribed along with diet and exercise to help control high blood sugar levels in cases of type 2 diabetes. The active medical ingredient is Saxagliptin and increases incretin levels to help the body release more insulin to reduce blood sugar levels. Additionally this will help reduce the amount of sugar made by your liver.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Onglyza orally once a day. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Onglyza at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system.
This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. Do not break apart or score this medication. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Onglyza. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to kidney disease, pancreatitis, gallstones, alcohol abuse, high levels of fats/triglycerides, and heart failure. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Onglyza.
Alcohol use can result in blood sugar drops. You should limit or avoid alcohol while taking Onglyza. You may also feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Onglyza.
Controlling your blood sugar levels can be more difficult if the body is under stress, sick, or fighting infection. Speak with your doctor if any change in treatment plan is required to maintain your blood sugar levels.
Side effects can be: runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, headache, or stomach pain.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing these mentioned side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Onglyza?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis and how you respond to the treatment over time.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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