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Onglyza is an oral tablet made up of a dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors called saxagliptin. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 2.5mg and 5mg!
Onglyza is used to help control blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes type 2 and is commonly used along with proper diet and exercise. Controlling high blood sugar is important as if it goes untreated for too long, you may end up with kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Onglyza does not only help to prevent these conditions, but will also lessen the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Onglyza (saxagliptin) is effective at controlling blood sugar levels because of its ability to increase levels of natural incretins, which help control blood sugar by increasing insulin release, especially after a meal. Onglyza (saxagliptin) also helps by decreasing the amount of sugar your liver produces.
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.
Do not use Onglyza (saxagliptin)
If you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis or if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to saxagliptin; do not use this medication, speak to your doctor about an alternative medication.
If you have diabetes type 1; this medication will not be effective in treating your condition.
You should not use Onglyza if you are under the age of 18 years old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Before using Onglyza, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease (unless you are on dialysis), heart disease, pancreatitis, gallstones, high triglycerides, or a history of alcoholism.
Follow your doctors instructions very closely if you are pregnant. Controlling blood sugar is important, especially during pregnancy. Your dose may need to be changes during this time; this applies to those who are breast feeding; it is not known if this drug passes into breast milk; consult your doctor.
Common side effects of Onglyza (saxagliptin) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Onglyza (saxagliptin) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
heart problems - shortness of breath (even while lying down), feeling weak or tired, rapid weight gain, swelling (especially in your feet, legs, or midsection.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
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.
What is the best dosage to take for Onglyza?
The average dose for an adult with diabetes type 2 would take 2.5mg-5mg once a day.
What happens if I miss a dose?
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.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
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