Alogliptin Benzoate (al-oh-GLIP-tin BEN-zoe-ate)
Treats type 2 diabetes. Used together with proper diet and exercise to help control high blood sugar.
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When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to alogliptin.
How to Use This Medicine
- Take your medicine as directed.
- Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet or exercise program. Test your blood sugar regularly.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
If a dose is missed:
- Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using insulin or other medicine to treat your diabetes, such as glipizide (Glucotrol®), glyburide (Diabeta®, Glynase®, Micronase®), metformin (Glucophage®), pioglitazone (Actos®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, gallstones, or a history of pancreas problems or alcohol abuse. Tell your doctor if you are injured or sick, especially if you are dehydrated, or if you have an infection, severe vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery.
- Do not use this medicine to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
- You may develop low blood sugar while you are taking this medicine. You may feel weak, drowsy, confused, anxious, or very hungry. You may have trouble seeing or have a headache that won't go away. Tell your doctor if this happens. Low blood sugar may be caused by exercising more than normal or waiting too long to eat.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Change in how much or how often you urinate
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, yellow skin or eyes
- Shaking, trembling, sweating, fast or pounding heartbeat, faintness, hunger, confusion
- Sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and lightheadedness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Cough, stuffy or runny nose, or sore throat