Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Adult: As an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycaemic control: Monotherapy or in combination with other antidiabetic agents: 100 mg once daily.
Renal Impairment
ESRD requiring haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis: 25 mg once daily; may be given without regard to the timing of dialysis. eGFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m2: 25 mg once daily. eGFR ≥30 to <45 mL/min/1.73 m2: 50 mg once daily.
May be taken with or without food.
Special Precautions
Patient with history of pancreatitis, heart failure, or history of serious hypersensitivity reaction (e.g. angioedema) with other DPP-4 inhibitors. Patient undergoing periods of stress (e.g. trauma, infection, fever, surgery). Not indicated for use in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus or diabetic ketoacidosis. Moderate to severe (eGFR <45 mL/min/1.73 m2) renal impairment, including ESRD requiring haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hypoglycaemia (particularly in combination with sulfonylureas or insulins); worsening renal function, including acute renal failure (may require dialysis); severe and disabling arthralgia, bullous pemphigoid.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Constipation, vomiting, mouth ulceration, stomatitis.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Myalgia, back pain.
Nervous system disorders: Headache, dizziness.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, interstitial lung disease.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Rash, urticaria, pruritus.
Potentially Fatal: Acute pancreatitis including haemorrhagic or necrotising pancreatitis, serious hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis, angioedema, cutaneous vasculitis, exfoliative skin conditions including Stevens-Johnson syndrome).
Patient Counseling Information
This drug, particularly when taken in combination with other certain antidiabetics, may impair the patient's ability to concentrate and react due to hypoglycaemia; if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Obtain renal function before treatment initiation and periodically thereafter. Monitor HbA1c (at least twice yearly in patients with stable glycaemic control; quarterly in patients not meeting therapy goals or with changes in treatment); serum glucose. Assess for signs and symptoms of pancreatitis, heart failure, and hypersensitivity reactions; development of erosions or blisters.
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of hypoglycaemia when coadministered with sulfonylureas (e.g. glipizide, glimepiride) and insulins; consider lowering the dose of insulins or sulfonylureas. May slightly increase the serum concentration of digoxin.
Mechanism of Action: Sitagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, improves glycaemic control by enhancing the levels and prolonging the effects of active incretin hormones such as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP). These hormones regulate glucose homeostasis and are rapidly inactivated by the DPP-4 enzyme. Both GLP-1 and GIP increase insulin synthesis and release from pancreatic β cells by intracellular signalling pathways involving cyclic AMP, while GLP-1 lowers glucagon secretion from pancreatic α cells resulting in lower hepatic glucose production. Sitagliptin prevents the hydrolysis of incretin hormones caused by DPP-4 enzyme, thereby increasing and prolonging active incretin levels that elevate insulin release and decrease glucagon concentrations in the circulation (glucose-dependent manner).
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Bioavailability: Approx 87%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 1-4 hours.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: Approx 198 L. Plasma protein binding: 38%.
Metabolism: Minimally metabolised primarily by CYP3A4, and to a lesser extent by CYP2C8 isoenzyme into inactive metabolites.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (87%; approx 79% as unchanged drug, 16% as metabolites); faeces (13%). Terminal elimination half-life: Approx 12.4 hours.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Sitagliptin, CID=4369359, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 15-30°C.
MIMS Class
Antidiabetic Agents
ATC Classification
A10BH01 - sitagliptin ; Belongs to the class of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Used in the treatment of diabetes.
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