Tradjenta (linagliptin)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: linagliptin

BRAND NAME: Tradjenta

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES:

  • Tradjenta is combined with diet and exercise to improve blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • It should not be used for treating type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis because it would not be effective in these conditions.
  • Tradjenta has not been studied in patients with a history of pancreatitis. It is unknown whether Tradjenta increases the risk for the development of pancreatitis in patients who have a history of pancreatitis.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of Tradjenta are:

Hypoglycemia may occur when Tradjenta is combined with insulin or a sulfonylurea-type drug.

Possible serious side effects include:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Severe joint pain
  • Severe allergic reactions (anaphalaxis)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2016

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