Tradjenta (Linagliptin)(℞) Prescription Required - Tradjenta is also marketed as Trajenta
Tradjenta (Linagliptin) Dosage and Side Effects
TRADJENTA is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that occurs because the body doesn't produce or use insulin normally. TRADJENTA is in a class of medicines known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. It works by increasing your body's level of incretin hormones, natural substances that lower blood sugar.
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Proper Use of this medication
TRADJENTA comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It's typically taken once a day, with or without food.
The usual dose is 5 milligrams (mg).
Try to take this medicine around the same time each day.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully when using this drug. Don't take more or less TRADJENTA than is recommended.
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of TRADJENTA
If you miss a dose of TRADJENTA, take it as soon as you remember.
But skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Warnings and Precautions
TRADJENTA shouldn't be used in people with type 1 diabetes (a disease where the body doesn't produce any insulin) or diabetic ketoacidosis (a dangerous condition that can occur if high blood sugar is untreated).
Before taking TRADJENTA, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- High triglyceride levels
- High cholesterol levels
- Allergies to medications
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you consume or have ever consumed large amounts of alcohol before using TRADJENTA.
This medicine may increase your risk of developing pancreatitis. Stop taking TRADJENTA and call your doctor immediately if you experience:
- Severe pain in your upper stomach that spreads to your back
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Fast heart rate
Some studies show TRADJENTA may be linked to pancreatic cancer, but more research is needed to confirm this link.
Be sure to tell your doctor that you're taking TRADJENTA before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.
This medicine helps control high blood sugar, but it won't cure type 2 diabetes.
Continue to take TRADJENTA even if you feel well. Don't stop taking the drug without first talking to your physician.
This medicine may cause changes in your blood sugar. You should know the symptoms of a high and low blood sugar episode, and what to do if you experience them.
Illnesses, injuries, or unusual stress can affect your blood sugar levels. They may also affect how much TRADJENTA you need. Talk to your physician if you experience any of these conditions while taking this medicine.
Your doctor will likely want to check your blood sugar and urine sugar levels often while you're taking this medication. Keep all appointments with your healthcare provider and laboratory.
Always wear a diabetic ID bracelet to be sure you get proper treatment in case of an emergency.
TRADJENTA is only one part of a treatment plan that may also include a healthy diet, exercise, and weight control. Be sure to follow your doctor's recommendations for lifestyle changes carefully.
Pregnancy and TRADJENTA
TRADJENTA isn't expected to harm an unborn baby. But tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant or might become pregnant during treatment.
It's not known whether the medicine passes into breast milk or could harm a breastfeeding baby. Talk to your doctor before breastfeeding a baby while using TRADJENTA.
Common Side Effects of TRADJENTA
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
Serious Side Effects of TRADJENTA
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Rash or hives
- Itching, flaking, or peeling of the skin
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Dilantin (phenytoin)
- Mycobutin (rifabutin)
- Oral medications for diabetes such as acetohexamide, Diabinase (chlorpropamide), glimepiride (Amaryl, Avandaryl), glipizide (Glucotrol, Metaglip), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, Micronase, Glucovance), Orinase (tolbutamide), pioglitazone (Actos, Actoplus Met, Duetact), Prandin (repaglinide), rosiglitazone (Avandia, Avandamet, Avandaryl), Starlix (nateglinide), and Tolinase (tolazamide)
- Phenobarbital (Luminal and Solfoton)
- Rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater)
- Ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra)
- St. John's wort
- Tegretol (carbamazepine)
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.