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Side Effects of Saxagliptin

Common Side Effects

Saxagliptin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking saxagliptin were documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients).
This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compare to the group taking a different medication.
In these studies, the most common saxagliptin side effects (that occurred more commonly with saxagliptin than with the placebo) included:
  • Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold) -- in up to 7.7 percent of people
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder infection -- up to 6.8 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 6.5 percent
  • Sinus infection and irritation -- up to 2.9 percent
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- up to 2.4 percent
  • Irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (gastroenteritis) -- up to 2.3 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 2.3 percent.

Final Thoughts

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