For most people, the recommended dosage of alogliptin is 25 mg a day. However, the amount your healthcare provider prescribes will depend on several factors, such as how well your blood sugar is controlled and your kidney function. People who have kidney disease will likely need a lower dose of this drug.
The dosage of alogliptin (Nesina®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your blood sugar is controlled
- How well your kidneys are functioning.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The usual recommended dosage of alogliptin for treating type 2 diabetes is 25 mg once a day. People with kidney disease may need lower doses. More specifically, the recommended dose is 12.5 mg a day for people with moderate kidney disease and 6.25 mg a day for people with severe kidney disease or kidney failure.
Your healthcare provider will need to check your kidney function, using a simple blood test, before you start treatment, and periodically thereafter. If you are on kidney dialysis, it does not matter when you take your alogliptin dose in relation to your dialysis.
Some considerations to keep in mind for people taking this medicine include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take your alogliptin dose with or without food. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach.
- Try to take your dose at about the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking this medicine or take a different amount without first talking to your healthcare provider.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.