Onglyza (Saxagliptin) is a prescription diabetes medication that helps control blood sugar levels. This medication is used by people with type 2 diabetes. Saxagliptin works by increasing levels of incretins. Incretins help to control blood sugar by increasing insulin release, especially after a meal and it also decreases the amount of sugar your liver makes. This medication is combined with metformin or gliclazide, glyburide to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. Saxagliptin should be used as part of a diabetes management plan that includes diet and exercise.
We currently have the brand from India manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. This medication is available in the strength of 2.5mg and 5mg tablets.
Common side effects include:
• Heartburn and indigestion;
• Urinary tract infection
Serious side effects include:
• Persistent nausea/vomiting;
• Severe stomach/abdominal pain
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to Saxagliptin or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using this medication, inform your doctor about your medical condition and about all the medications you are currently taking including OTC and herbal medications. Onglyza is not for treating type1 diabetes. This medication is not expected to harm an unborn baby, talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. It is unknown whether Saxagliptin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Onglyza should not be given to children younger than 18 years old without a doctor’s advice. There may be an interaction between Saxagliptin and other medications such as carbamazepine, clarithromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, rifampin, etc.