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Nesina (alogliptin)

Prescription only

Glucophage (metformin)

Prescription only
Lowers your blood sugar.

Nesina (alogliptin) is a good add-on treatment for diabetes if your blood sugars are still not controlled, but it doesn't work as well as insulin.

Lowers blood sugar.

Glucophage (metformin) is the first choice medicine to control your blood sugar and lower the risk of death from diabetes, although a few people may not tolerate the stomach side effects.

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Upsides
  • Less likely to cause weight gain or low blood sugar compared to other anti-diabetic medicines.
  • Pill may be preferred by some patients over injection.
  • Improves sugar control and lowers A1c levels as much as 2%.
  • One of the few diabetes medicines that lowers the risk of death from diabetes-related complications.
  • Doesn't cause weight gain.
  • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
Downsides
  • Does not lower your A1c (average blood sugar over time) as much as insulin.
  • Available as an expensive, branded product only.
  • Has more troublesome side-effects than other anti-diabetic pills.
  • Often causes stomach upset, like diarrhea, nausea, gas, or stomach cramping.
  • Usually not a good choice for people with kidney problems. Your doctor will tell you if Glucophage (metformin) is right for you to take.
  • Excessive or chronic alcohol use can increase the risk of a dangerous side effect.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
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16%
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Side effects
The Nesina (alogliptin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
7possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    53%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    26%
  • Gas
    12%
  • Weakness
    9%
  • Indigestion
    7%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Headache
    6%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
    • History of pancreatitis
    • High blood triglyceride levels
    • Gallstones (stones in gallbladder)
  • Liver damage
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Taking medicines for diabetes
  • Severe joint pain and swelling
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  • Excess lactic acid in the blood
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Using contrast dye for procedures
    • Surgery
    • Alcohol use
  • Low vitamin B12 levels
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