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Effects of Saxagliptin

There have been several studies that looked at the effects of saxagliptin for type 2 diabetes.
 
Hemoglobin A1c
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control. For people without diabetes, HbA1c results are usually less than 6 percent, while people with diabetes usually have higher results. In one study, people taking saxagliptin lowered their HbA1c by 0.4 to 0.5 percent on average (depending on the dose), while people not taking saxagliptin increased their HbA1c by 0.2 percent.
 
Studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance for developing long-term problems related to diabetes. This includes problems such as heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy. By getting blood sugar levels under control with saxagliptin, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing these diabetes complications.
 
Blood Sugar Levels
In studies, saxagliptin lowered fasting blood sugar by 9 to 15 mg/dL on average. The medication also lowered 2-hour postprandial blood sugar (blood sugar two hours after a meal) by 43 to 45 mg/dL on average.
 

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations include the following:
 
  • Saxagliptin comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • This medicine can be taken with or without food.
  • You can take saxagliptin at any time of day; however, you should try to take it at the same time every day.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
     

Saxagliptin Dosing Information

The dose of saxagliptin that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • How well your diabetes is controlled
  • Other medical conditions you may have (especially kidney disease)
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Saxagliptin Dosage for more information.)
 
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