Saxagliptin-Metformin Hydrochloride

What condition does Saxagliptin-Metformin Hydrochloride treat?

Saxagliptin-Metformin Hydrochloride is an oral antihyperglycemic medication used to control high blood sugar. This is used along with a proper diet and exercise especially in patients with type 2 diabetes. Proper control of diabetes may lessen your risk of stroke or heart attack. Controlling high blood sugar also helps prevent:

  • Nerve problems
  • Loss of limbs
  • Blindness
  • Kidney damage
  • Sexual function problems

This product contains two oral antihyperglycemic medications which are Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride. These drugs help regulate the levels of insulin your body produces after eating. This antihyperglycemic medication is FDA-approved to be used only to treat type 2 diabetes and not for treating type I diabetes.

How does Saxagliptin-Metformin Hydrochloride work?

Saxagliptin works by increasing the levels of a natural substance called incretins. Incretins help to control blood sugar. It is by increasing insulin release, especially after a meal. They also lessen the amount of sugar that your liver creates.

Metformin Hydrochloride lowers blood sugar by helping to return the proper response of your body to insulin. It also lessens the amount of sugar that your liver makes as well as the absorption of your stomach or intestines.

What is the recommended dosage for Saxagliptin-Metformin Hydrochloride?

This prescription is to be taken by mouth usually once a day. Each dose is to be taken with an evening meal. Swallow the medicine as a whole and do not break or chew it. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication.

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response to it. Remember to take each dose at the same time every day. You must take this medication exactly as it is prescribed.  Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve.

What are the side effects of Saxagliptin-Metformin Hydrochloride?

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory and urinary tract infections
  • Cold symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, or sore throat

What are the precautions in taking Saxagliptin-Metformin Hydrochloride?

  • Before taking this drug, let your doctor know if you are allergic to the drug. Tell also if you have any allergies, medical history, o current medications.
  • Lots of medicines can affect Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride which can make them less effective. Certain medicines also increase your risk of lactic acidosis. For this reason, inform your health care provider if you have a prescription or non-prescription medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you take antifungal medicine, oral diabetes medicine, or medications to treat AIDS or HIV.
  • Do not use this for the treatment of other conditions/diseases.
  • While taking this medication, limit alcoholic beverages. Alcohol may increase your risk of side effects.
  • Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • You should not share this medicine with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • You may experience drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision due to extremely low or high levels of blood sugar. For this reason, do not do any activities that need alertness and do not drive until you are sure you can do things well.