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What Is Saxagliptin/Metformin ER Used For?

How Does Saxagliptin/Metformin ER Work?

Saxagliptin/metformin ER contains two different kinds of diabetes medication. Saxagliptin is part of a class of drugs called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. DPP-4 is an enzyme that breaks down incretin hormones.
 
As a DPP-4 inhibitor, saxagliptin slows down the breakdown of incretin hormones, increasing the level of these hormones in the body. It is this increase in incretin hormones that is responsible for the beneficial actions of saxagliptin, including increasing insulin production in response to meals and decreasing the amount of glucose (sugar) that the liver produces.
 
Because incretin hormones are more active in response to higher blood sugar levels and are less active in response to low blood sugar, the risk of dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is low with saxagliptin.
 
Saxagliptin/metformin ER also contains metformin, a biguanide medication. Metformin works in several ways. It decreases the amount of sugar the liver makes. Metformin can also decrease the amount of sugar absorbed into the body from the diet and can make insulin receptors more sensitive, helping the body respond to its own insulin better. All of these effects cause a decrease in blood sugar levels and better control.
 

Can Children Use It?

Saxagliptin/metformin ER is not approved for use in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this drug in children.
 

Is It Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than type 2 diabetes. Using saxagliptin/metformin ER in combination with insulin would be an off-label use.
 
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