Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine

Tradjenta

(linagliptin)

Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine
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Lowers blood sugar.

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Our bottom line

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

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.
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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
How it works

Tradjenta (linagliptin) is an anti-diabetic medicine. It increases insulin and decreases glucagon production.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill

What to expect when you take Tradjenta (linagliptin) for Type 2 diabetes

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Side effect rates for Tradjenta (linagliptin)

776 From clinical trials of Tradjenta / Type 2 diabetes
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Lung infection
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Pain in the limbs

Risks and Warnings for Tradjenta (linagliptin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Alcoholism
    • Elevated triglycerides
    • History of pancreatitis

    Tradjenta (linagliptin) may sometimes, but very rarely, cause inflammation of pancreas. Stop taking this medication and speak to your doctor right away if you have severe stomach, back pain, or stomach troubles causing you to throw up.

Common concerns from people taking Tradjenta (linagliptin)

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Food
  • Take with or without meals.
Kidneys and liver
  • Good option if you have bad liver or kidney function.
Weight
  • Does not cause weight gain.