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What Is Alogliptin and Metformin Used For?

If you are unable to control your type 2 diabetes through diet and lifestyle changes alone, your healthcare provider may advise you to use alogliptin and metformin. The active ingredients in the drug work together to increase insulin production and decrease the amount of sugar the liver produces. It is not approved for use in children.

 

An Overview of Uses for Alogliptin and Metformin

Alogliptin and metformin (Kazano®) is a prescription medication approved for use with diet and exercise to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. As you might guess from the name, it contains two prescription diabetes medicines: alogliptin (Nesina®) and metformin (Glucophage®).
 
Diabetes is a chronic medical problem associated with high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, either because the body does not make enough insulin, or because the cells in the body do not properly respond to insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. It helps the body use glucose for energy by moving glucose from the bloodstream into the body's cells.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It happens in people whose pancreas makes enough insulin, but the cells do not respond to the insulin anymore. In contrast, people with type 1 diabetes have a pancreas that doesn't make enough insulin.
 
In the past, type 2 diabetes was thought of as a disease that occurred in adults. For this reason, it was often called adult-onset diabetes. However, with the increase in childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children, and the term adult-onset diabetes is no longer applicable.
 
Treatment for diabetes involves lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and exercise, and medications. Alogliptin and metformin is just one of many diabetes medications (see Kazano Alternatives). As previously mentioned, it is a combination product that contains two active ingredients. This makes it a good option for people who need more than one drug to control their blood sugar and who want to reduce the number of pills they have to take.
 
Alogliptin and metformin should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes, as it will not work for this condition. It should also not be used to treat diabetic ketoacidosis -- a potentially life-threatening complication that can occur in people with diabetes when acids known as ketones build up in the blood.
 
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