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Qtern (Dapagliflozin/Saxagliptin Hydrochloride)

Drug:Qtern Tablet
Dosage:10 mg/5 mg
Drug:Qtern Tablet
Dosage:10 mg/5 mg

Qtern (Dapagliflozin/Saxagliptin Hydrochloride) is a combination medication that is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. This will help prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs and sexual function problems. Controlling your diabetes properly may also reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Dapagliflozin belongs to the class of medications called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. This medication works by increasing the removal of sugar by your kidneys. Saxagliptin belongs to the class of medications called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors and it works by increasing the levels of incretins. Incretins help to control blood sugar by increasing insulin release, especially after a meal and decrease the amount of sugar made by your liver. Qtern is usually taken once daily in the morning with or without food as directed by your doctor.

Manufacturer Information

Canadian Pharmacy King is currently offering the brand Qtern tablets from Australia manufactured by AstraZeneca. There is no generic available at this time. Qtern is available in the strength of 10 mg/5 mg tablets.

The common side effects of Qtern may include dizziness, frequent urination and light-headedness.

Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:

• Joint pain;
• Signs of heart failure;
• Signs of kidney problems;
• Signs of urinary tract infection;
• Unusual skin blisters;
• Unusual or sudden weight gain;
• Unusual tiredness

See your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects including signs of disease of the pancreas, trouble breathing and unusual tiredness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.

You should not use Qtern if you are allergic to Dapagliflozin or Saxagliptin or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history such as dehydration, gallstones, heart failure, kidney disease and yeast infections. You should also inform your doctor about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. You may experience blurred vision, dizziness or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar. You should not drive, use machinery or do any activity that requires you to be alert or have a clear vision unless you are sure you can perform these activities safely. Limit your alcohol intake as it can increase your risk of developing low blood sugar and a high ketone level. Qtern should not be taken during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. Pregnancy may cause or worsen diabetes. Talk to your doctor about managing your blood sugar while pregnant. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.

Reference Links

Staying Healthy With Type 2 Diabetes

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