Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine



Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine
Back to: Full Site NavigationSkip to: side effects sectionSkip to: What to expect sectionSkip to: Risks and warnings sectionSkip to: Common concerns from users and pharmacists

Lowers blood sugar.

Skip Upsides & Downsides section. Skip to side effects section.

Our bottom line

Onglyza (saxagliptin) can cause heart failure unlike other medicines that work just like it.

Price and discounts
Best available price for 30 (5mg) tablets of onglyza
What is GoodRx?


  • DRUG-NAME is an oral blood sugar lowering medicine. It's a good option if you don't like injections.
  • Does not cause weight gain.
  • May be a good option for those with bad liver function.
  • Does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when taken by itself.


  • Typically not first-choice treatment for diabetes.
  • Only lowers A1C (average blood sugar over time) by ~0.5%.
  • Risk for heart failure has not been seen in other medicines that work just like it.
  • May be more expensive than other anti-diabetic medicines.
How it works

Onglyza (saxagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug. It lowers your blood sugar by enhancing your body's release of insulin.

What to expect when you take Onglyza (saxagliptin) for Controls blood sugar levels

Skip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
Skip side effects section. Skip to What to Expect and Pharmacists Tips section.

Side effect rates for Onglyza (saxagliptin)

Risks and Warnings for Onglyza (saxagliptin)

Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
    • Higher risk if:
    • Alcoholism
    • Elevated triglycerides
    • History of pancreatitis
    • Gallstones

    Rare and life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas have been associated with Onglyza (saxagliptin). Let your doctor know right away if you have severe stomach, back pain, or stomach troubles causing you to throw up.

Common concerns from people taking Onglyza (saxagliptin)

Final section. Do you want to return to drug navigation?
  • Certain drugs may interact with Onglyza (saxagliptin), let your doctor know all the medications you are currently taking and before starting Onglyza (saxagliptin).
Kidneys and liver
  • May be a good option for those with bad liver function.
  • Does not cause weight gain.