Metaglip vs. Nesina

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(Metformin / Glipizide)


Coming soon.Lowers your blood sugar. alogliptin is a good add-on treatment if your blood sugar is still too high, but you don't want to use an injectable medicine.
How it works
Coming soon.alogliptin is an anti-diabetic drug. It improves your body's ability to use insulin to lower your blood sugar.
Type of medication
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Available as
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
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Side effects

We haven’t found good data for Metaglip side effects.

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Risk factors for serious side effects
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      Detailed Nesina (Alogliptin) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      See the FDA package insert
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
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      • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
      • Lowers A1c levels by around 1%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
      • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
      • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
      • Patients taking alogliptin had less cold symptoms than patients taking Januvia.
      Downsides and risks
      Coming soon.
      • Not as strong as other diabetes medicines. Your doctor might add it to your blood sugar-lowering regimen if your sugar levels are still too high.
      • Likely expensive since there's no generic version available.
      • Some people might get frequent throat infections or nasal congestion.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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      • Can cause headache and cold-like symptoms.
      • Tell your doctor about any mental confusion, persistent abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising.
      • Can be expensive depending on insurance coverage.
      • Check your blood sugar regularly.
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