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Saxagliptin - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Saxagliptin is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat diabetes. This medicine helps treat your diabetes by keeping your blood sugar in control.

This medicine is meant to be taken as part of a complete diabetes care programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Saxagliptin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Swallow it whole. Do not split or cut the tablet.

Saxagliptin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • heart failure
  • kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor may need to do routine blood tests (e.g. blood sugar level, kidney function tests, white blood cells count) to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need these tests.

If you are taking Saxagliptin with other types of anti-diabetic medicines, you may have been warned about hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. It is important to recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia and correct the low blood sugar level. If you don't, you may faint.

How do I know if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?

Some of the symptoms of hypoglycaemia include dizziness, headache, shaky hands, feeling hungry, weak or confused, problems speaking. These symptoms are your body's way of warning you that your blood sugar is dangerously low.

What should I do if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?

You should take a drink or food containing sugar (e.g. fruit juice, soft drinks or sweets) at the first sign of hypoglycaemia. If your symptoms do not improve, get medical help. Keep some glucose tablets (also known as dextrose tablets) with you at all times.

What side effects could I experience?

Saxagliptin may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: headache, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, upper respiratory tract infection (e.g. runny nose, sore throat, cough, inflamed sinuses), urinary tract infection (e.g. burning sensation when urinating, cloudy urine), rash, tiredness, and muscle pain.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • severe or disabling joint pain
  • persistent and severe stomach pain 
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. carbamzepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital
  • medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. diltiazem
  • medicines for fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole
  • medicines for tuberculosis or TB e.g. rifampicin
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Saxagliptin.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Saxagliptin - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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