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Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride

General Information

Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride are used to control high blood sugar. This is used with a proper diet and exercise program in people 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

How do Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride work?

Saxagliptin works by increasing the levels of a natural substance called incretins. Incretins helps 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 restore your body’s proper response to the insulin. It also lessens the amount of sugar that your liver makes as well as the absorption of your stomach or intestines.

Why use Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride?

This product contains two oral antihyperglycemic medications: Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride. This helps regulate the levels of insulin your body produces after eating. This antihyperglycemic medication is used only to treat type 2 diabetes and not for treating type I diabetes.

This product comes as a tablet for oral use. Each tablet contains either 5 mg/500 mg or 5 mg/1000 mg of Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medicine.

How to use Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride?

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

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

What are the side effects of Saxagliptin and Metformin Hydrochloride?

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

Warning and Precautions

  • Before taking this drug, let your doctor know if you are allergic to it. Tell also if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications.
  • Do not use this for the treatment of other conditions/disease.
  • While taking this medication, limit alcoholic beverages.
  • Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • You should not share this drug with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Keep this far from the reach of children.