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Linagliptin/Metformin Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Linagliptin/metformin has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking the drug were documented and compared to those that occurred in a group of people taking a similar product that did not contain any active ingredients (a placebo). The studies also looked at the side effects of linagliptin/metformin in comparison to the side effects of using either active ingredient alone.
 
This research helped to identify the side effects that occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the groups taking the placebo or the single medications (linagliptin or metformin) alone.
 
In these studies, the most common linagliptin/metformin side effects included:
 
  • Nasopharyngitis (a term for common cold-like symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose or a sore throat) -- in up to 6.3 percent of people
  • Diarrhea -- up to 6.3 percent.
 
The diarrhea is mostly due to the metformin component; this side effect may be minimized or prevented by starting with a low dose and gradually increasing the amount.
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the linagliptin/metformin side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking linagliptin/metformin or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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