Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Adult: 50 mg bid.
Renal Impairment
Moderate, severe and ESRD: 50 mg once daily.
May be taken with or without food.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ cardiac failure (NYHA functional class IV), type 1 DM; history of acute pancreatitis. Not intended for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. Hepatic impairment, including patients w/ pre-treatment ALT or AST >3 times the upper limit of normal (ULN). Moderate or severe renal impairment, ESRD.
Adverse Reactions
Nausea, peripheral oedema, headache, tremor, asthenia, dizziness, constipation, hypoglycaemia, arthralgia, hepatic dysfunction, nasopharyngitis, upper resp tract infection, pancreatitis, exfoliative and bullous skin reactions.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor liver function.
Symptoms: Muscle pain, mild and transient paraesthesia, fever, oedema, transient increase in lipase levels; increases in creatine phosphokinase, AST, C-reactive protein and myoglobin levels. Management: Supportive treatment.
Drug Interactions
Decreased hypoglycaemic effect w/ thiazides, corticosteroids, thyroid products and sympathomimetics.
Food Interaction
Food slightly delays time to peak plasma concentration.
Description: Vildagliptin rapidly and completely inhibits DPP-4 activity, resulting in increased fasting and postprandial endogenous levels of the incretin hormones GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide 1) and GIP (glucose dependent insulinotropic polypeptide).
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed from the GI tract. Food slightly delays time to peak plasma concentration. Bioavailability: 85%. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 1.7 hr.
Distribution: Equally distributed in plasma and RBC. Plasma protein binding: 9.3%.
Metabolism: Undergoes hydrolysis in the kidney to its major metabolite (LAY 151).
Excretion: Via urine (approx 85% of a dose; 23% as unchanged drug) and faeces (15%). Elimination half-life: Approx 3 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Vildagliptin, CID=6918537, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store below 30°C. Protect from moisture.
MIMS Class
Antidiabetic Agents
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