What is Trajenta used for?
Trajenta (Linagliptin), along with diet and exercise, is used to reduce high blood sugar for individuals with type-2 diabetes. High blood sugar, if uncontrolled, can lead to blindness, kidney damage, loss of limbs and nerve and sexual problems.
Trajenta (Linagliptin) is not used in the treatment of type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. Managing diabetes can also reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack. Trajenta works by increasing the incretins level. Incretins are naturally occurring chemicals in the body that help to control blood sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions About Trajenta (Linagliptin)
When your doctor recommends Trajenta, they will likely provide instructions for use and counselling on potential side effects. The manufacturer's package includes a drug information pamphlet for reference.
Your dose depends on your medical conditions and response to treatment. It is important to take Trajenta consistently to receive the most benefit from it. If you happen to miss a dose, you can take it when you remember.
If it is almost time for your next dose you should skip the missed dose and take your next dose on schedule. Taking too much medication at once will not accelerate treatment and can lead to increased risk of side effects.
You should test your blood sugar and insulin levels regularly as per your doctor or pharmacist. If your blood sugar levels are not in the safe range your directions may change. Contact your doctor if you notice alarming changes in your blood sugar. or if you experience symptoms of low blood sugar.
Do not share this medication with others even if they have similar symptoms. This may not be an effective treatment and can result in adverse effects. Inform your doctor if you have decreased kidney function or kidney disease before taking Trajenta.
There is little research into whether or not Trajenta passes to breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast feeding while taking Trajenta to assess the risks and benefits
Trajenta has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Trajenta , talk to your doctor or emergency care. Report side effects with Trajenta to your doctor if you find them unmanageable and call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
- slurred speech
- stuffy or runny nose
- increased hunger
- redness of the skin
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- blurred vision
- cold sweats
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- sore throat
- severe joint pain
- loss of appetite
- fast heartbeat
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- cool, pale skin
- Muscle aches
- large, hard skin blisters
- loss of consciousness
- hives, welts, itching, or skin rash
The following drugs are known to interact with Trajenta. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- St John's Wort
- Thioctic Acid
The information provided here is intended to provide basic information on this medication and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor.
Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.