Tradjenta

(linagliptin)

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Lowers blood sugar.

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

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Quick facts about Tradjenta
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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
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How it works

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

Quick facts about Tradjenta
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood sugar
  • Joint pain
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Side effect rates for Tradjenta (linagliptin)

From 776 clinical trials of Tradjenta when taken for type 2 diabetes
  • Back pain
    9%9%
  • Joint pain
    8%8%
  • Lung infection
    8%8%
  • Headache
    6%6%
  • Cough
    6%6%
  • Pain in the limbs
    5%5%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Tradjenta.

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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.

Pharmacist Q&A

Tradjenta (linagliptin) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats Type 2 diabetes alone or in combination with diet or exercise.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats Type 2 diabetes alone or in combination with diet or exercise.

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.