Kazano

(alogliptin / metformin)

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Lowers blood sugar.

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Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) takes advantage of 2 medicines combined into one to lower your blood sugar, but you can develop tolerance if you have been taking this medication for a long time or at high doses.

Quick facts about Kazano
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (alogliptin / metformin)
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    $236.42
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Upsides

  • Lowers A1c levels by 1.2-1.6%.
  • Can be taken by mouth instead of using an injection.
  • Less likely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar compared to other diabetes medications.
  • Generic available, may be more affordable than others in it's class.
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Downsides

  • Rare but serious side effects include pancreatitis and severe joint pain.
  • Tolerance can happen with Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) if you have been taking this drug for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and you may need higher doses to get the same effect.
  • Heart failure and worsening heart failure has been linked to Kazano (alogliptin / metformin).
  • The chance of low blood sugar may be raised when Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) is used with other medications for diabetes.
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$94.57
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    $236.42
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    $94.57
    60% savings
How it works

Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) contains 2 prescription medicines to treat diabetes, alogliptin and metformin. Alogliptin helps your body release more insulin and decreases glucagon levels in order to lower blood sugar. Metformin lowers the amount of sugar your body makes or absorbs, and allows your body use the existing insulin better.

Quick facts about Kazano
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (alogliptin / metformin)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) for Type 2 diabetes

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Side effect rates for Kazano (alogliptin / metformin)

2900 From clinical trials of Kazano / Type 2 diabetes
  • Back pain
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • Common cold
  • Upper respiratory tract infection

Risks and Warnings for Kazano (alogliptin / metformin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Using contrast dye for procedures
    • Surgery
    • Alcohol use

    Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use Kazano (alogliptin / metformin). This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. It may not be a good choice for people with kidney problems. Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) should be stopped 48 hours before and/or after surgery or any imaging procedure needing contrast dye.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Kazano (alogliptin / metformin)

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Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol while taking Kazano (alogliptin / metformin) as it may cause severly low blood sugar.
Weight
  • Less likely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar compared to other diabetes medications.