If you have type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may prescribe alogliptin to help control your blood sugar. The drug works by lowering the amount of sugar produced by the liver and by increasing the amount of insulin produced in response to meals. It comes in tablet form and is taken once daily. There are possible side effects, including headaches, a runny nose, and common cold symptoms.
Alogliptin (Nesina®) is a prescription medication approved to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. It is used in combination with a diet and exercise plan to improve blood glucose (blood sugar) control. Alogliptin is not approved for the treatment of type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis (a potentially life-threatening problem that can occur in people with diabetes), as it will not work for these conditions.
Nesina is a new medicine in the class of medicines known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) in January 2013. Nesina contains the active component alogliptin. Alogliptin is also found in two combination diabetes medicines -- Kazano® (alogliptin and metformin) and Oseni® (alogliptin and pioglitazone).
Just like any medicine, alogliptin may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common alogliptin side effects include but are not limited to:
- A sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose
- Upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold.
(Click Alogliptin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)