- What is lixisenatide, and how does it work?
- What brand names are available for lixisenatide?
- Is lixisenatide available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for lixisenatide?
- What are the uses for lixisenatide?
- What are the side effects of lixisenatide?
- What is the dosage for lixisenatide?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with lixisenatide?
- Is lixisenatide safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about lixisenatide?
What is lixisenatide, and how does it work?
- Lixisenatide is an injectable drug that reduces the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is used for the treatment type 2 diabetes and is similar to
- Lixisenatide belongs in a class of drugs called incretin mimetics because these drugs mimic the effects of incretins. Incretins, such as human-glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), are hormones that are produced and released into the blood by the intestine in response to food. GLP-1 increases the secretion of insulin from the pancreas, slows absorption of glucose from the gut, and reduces the action of glucagon. (Glucagon is a hormone that increases glucose production by the liver.) All three of these actions reduce levels of glucose in the blood. In addition, GLP-1 reduces appetite. Lixisenatide is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that resembles and acts like GLP-1. In studies, lixisenatide treated patients achieved lower blood glucose levels and experienced weight loss.
What brand names are available for lixisenatide?
- Adlyxin is the brand name available for lixisenatide available in the US.
Is lixisenatide available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for lixisenatide?
What are the uses for lixisenatide?
- Adlyxin is used with diet and exercise to improve control of blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
- It should not be used for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis or type 1 diabetes.
What are the side effects of lixisenatide?
Common side effects of include:
- Hypoglycemia (when combined with insulin or sulfonyrea)
Other possible side effects of include:
- Indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Upper abdominal pain
- Abdominal distension
- Abdominal pain
- Injection site reactions (pain, redness, itching)
Possible serious side effects of include:
- Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis, angioedema [hives])
- Acute kidney failure
- Antibodies to lixisenatide
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