Compare Tradjenta vs. Precose

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Tradjenta (linagliptin)

Prescription only

Precose (acarbose)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Tradjenta (linagliptin) is good add-on medicine for controlling your blood sugar, but may cause body aches.

Lowers blood sugar.

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.

Upsides
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Back pain
    9%
  • Joint pain
    8%
  • Lung infection
    8%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Cough
    6%
  • Pain in the limbs
    5%
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3possible side effects
  • Excessive gas
    74%
  • Diarrhea
    31%
  • Stomach pain
    19%
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Risks and warnings
  • Inflammation of pancreas (pancreatitis)

    Alcoholism

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

    Alcoholism

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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  • 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

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