What Linagliptin is used for:
Linagliptin is used for ‘type 2 diabetes’ in adults, if the disease cannot be adequately controlled with one oral anti-diabetic medicine (metformin or sulphonylureas) or diet and exercise alone. Linagliptin may be used together with other anti-diabetic medicines e.g. metformin, sulphonylureas (e.g. glimepiride, glipizide), empagliflozin, or insulin.
Do not take Linagliptin :
If you are allergic to linagliptin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Warnings and precautions:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Linagliptin acid if you:
have type 1 diabetes (your body does not produce any insulin) or diabetic ketoacidosis (a
complication of diabetes with high blood sugar, rapid weight loss, nausea or vomiting).
are taking an anti-diabetic medicine known as a ‘sulphonylurea’ (e.g. glimepiride, glipizide),
your doctor may want to reduce your dose of sulphonylurea when you take it together with
Linagliptin in order to avoid your blood sugar going too low.
have had allergic reactions to any other medicines that you take to control the amount of sugar in your blood.
have or have had a disease of the pancreas.
Linagliptin is not recommended for children and adolescents under 18 years.
Possible side effects :
These include allergic symptoms of low blood sugar: trembling, sweating, anxiety, blurred vision, tingling lips, paleness, mood change or confusion (hypoglycemia).
Some patients have experienced allergic reactions while taking Linagliptin alone or in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of diabetes, which may be serious, including wheezing and shortness of breath. Some patients experienced rash, hives (urticaria), and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing (angioedema). Some patients have experienced inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) while taking Linagliptin alone or in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of diabetes.
Other medicines and Linagliptin :
Tell your doctor or pharmacist:
Taking carbamazepine, phenobarbital or phenytoin. These may be used to control fits (seizures) or
Taking rifampicin. This is an antibiotic used to treat infections such as tuberculosis.
How to take Linagliptin:
The recommended dose of Linagliptin is one 5 mg tablet once a day.
You can take Linagliptin with or without food.
Your doctor may prescribe Linagliptin together with another oral anti-diabetic medicine. Remember to take all medicines as directed by your doctor to achieve the best results for your health.
How to store Linagliptin:
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not use Linagliptin if the package is damaged or shows signs of tampering.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.