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Alogliptin (By mouth)

Alogliptin Benzoate (al-oh-GLIP-tin BEN-zoe-ate)

Treats type 2 diabetes.

Brand Name(s):

Nesina

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to alogliptin.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how alogliptin works. Tell your doctor if you are using insulin or other diabetes medicine, such as glipizide, glyburide, metformin, or pioglitazone.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, gallstones, or a history of pancreas problems or alcohol abuse. Tell your doctor if you recently had a fever, infection, injury, or surgery, or if you have a scheduled surgery.
  • Do not use this medicine to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Liver damage
    • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), especially if you exercise more than normal or wait too long to eat
    • Pancreatitis (inflammation of your pancreas)
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate
  • Dark urine or pale stools, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
  • Shaking, trembling, sweating, fast or pounding heartbeat, faintness, hunger, confusion
  • Sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and lightheadedness

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 9/4/2014


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