Compare Onglyza vs. Tradjenta

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Onglyza (saxagliptin)

Prescription only

Tradjenta (linagliptin)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

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

Lowers blood sugar.

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

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • 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
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Side effects
The Onglyza (saxagliptin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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Risks and risk factors
  • inflammation of the pancreas
    • Alcoholism
    • Elevated triglycerides
    • History of pancreatitis
    • Gallstones
  • Heart failure
    • History of heart failure
    • Bad kidney function
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Alcohol
    • Unexpected changes in diet
    • Changes in amount of exercise
    • Taking other anti-diabetic medications
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe joint pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters on the skin (bullous pemphigoid)
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  • Inflammation of pancreas (pancreatitis)
    • Alcoholism
    • Elevated triglycerides
    • History of pancreatitis
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Alcoholism
    • Exercising more than you usually do
    • Insulin
    • Other antidiabetic medications
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe joint pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters on the skin (bullous pemphigoid)
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