Compare Tradjenta vs. Precose
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Tradjenta (linagliptin) is good add-on medicine for controlling your blood sugar, but may cause body aches.
Precose (acarbose) helps lower your post-mealtime blood sugar levels, but it must be taken at the beginning of each main meal in order for it to be most effective.
- Good add-on medicine if your blood sugars are still not controlled
- Good option if you have bad liver or kidney function.
- Can be taken once daily.
- Does not cause weight gain.
- Does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when taken by itself.
- Precose (acarbose) helps control meal-time blood sugar levels without causing weight gain.
- When used alone it doesn't normally cause blood sugar levels to be too low unlike other anti-diabetes medicines.
- Safe to be used in people age 65 or older.
- Has relatively few interactions with other medicines.
- Not first-choice anti-diabetes medicine because it doesn't lower blood sugar levels as much as others.
- Available as brand only and may be expensive
- Not a first choice medicine because it isn't as effective at lowering blood sugar compared to other treatment options.
- Associated with bothersome side effects like excessive gas and diarrhea.
- Relatively more expensive than other diabetes medicines.
- Has to be taken three times a day with each meal.
- Might cause episodes of low blood sugar when taken together with insulin or medicines that stimulate insulin release.
- Back pain9%
- Joint pain8%
- Lung infection8%
- Pain in the limbs5%
- Excessive gas74%
- Stomach pain19%
- Inflammation of pancreas (pancreatitis)
...and 2 more risk factors
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
...and 3 more risk factors
- Low blood sugar
Using insulin or other medicines that stimulate insulin release
- Kidney function
Those with kidney problems
- Interactions with other medicines
Taking multiple medicines together