Nesina

(alogliptin)

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Lowers your blood sugar.

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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.

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

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.
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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.
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How it works

Nesina (alogliptin) is an anti-diabetic agent, which enhances your body's release of insulin.

Quick facts about Nesina
  • 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 Nesina (alogliptin) for Type 2 diabetes

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  • Possible side effects
  • Common cold
  • Upper lung infection
  • Headache
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Low blood sugar
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Side effect rates for Nesina (alogliptin)

Risks and Warnings for Nesina (alogliptin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of pancreatitis
    • High blood triglyceride levels
    • Gallstones (stones in gallbladder)

    Rarely, Nesina (alogliptin) causes inflammation of the pancreas. This is life-threatening, if not treated. Let your doctor know about any unusual stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite that doesn't go away.

Common concerns from people taking Nesina (alogliptin)

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Food
  • Take Nesina (alogliptin) once a day in the morning with or without food.
Weight
  • Less likely to cause weight gain or low blood sugar compared to other anti-diabetic medicines.