Brand Name (Generic Name)
What is Tradjenta?
Tradjenta is a prescription medicine that is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar in a glucose-dependent manner by increasing incretin levels, which increase insulin levels after meals and throughout the day. It can be taken alone or in combination with other commonly prescribed medications for type 2 diabetes, such as metformin, sulfonylurea, or pioglitazone.
Who can take Tradjenta?
Type 2 diabetes patients can use this prescription medicine.
Who can not take Tradjenta?
Tradjenta is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).
Do not take Tradjenta if you are allergic to linagliptin or any of the ingredients in Tradjenta. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to Tradjenta are rash, raised red patches on your skin (hives), swelling of your face, lips, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking Tradjenta and call your doctor right away.
What dosage can I take and how should I take it?
The initial dosage is 5 mg and is taken orally, in tablet form.
How often should I take Tradjenta?
When should I take Tradjenta?
Take Tradjenta at the time your doctor advises, with or without food.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effects of Tradjenta include stuffy or runny nose and sore throat.
Are other diabetes medications used with it?
Tradjenta can be used in combination with other diabetes medications. You are encouraged to consult with your doctor to learn about interactions between Tradjenta and medications you are taking.
What should I tell my doctor before using Tradjenta?
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Tell your doctor if you take other medicines that can lower your blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. If you take Tradjenta with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine of insulin may need to be lowered while you take Tradjenta. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heart beat, sweating, or feeling jittery.
Also tell your doctor if you take rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater, Rifamate), an antibiotic that is used to treat tuberculosis.
Tradjenta may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Tradjenta works.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Reviewed by James Bennett 5/13
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