Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Carefully follow the special meal plan your doctor gave you. This is the most important part of controlling your diabetes, and is necessary if the medicine is to work properly. Exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For type 2 diabetes:
      • Adults—At first, one tablet (either alogliptin 25 milligrams [mg] plus pioglitazone 15 mg or alogliptin 25 mg plus pioglitazone 30 mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than alogliptin 25 mg plus pioglitazone 45 mg per day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
      • For patients switching from a combination of alogliptin and pioglitazone as separate tablets:
        • Adults—The starting dose is the same dose of alogliptin and pioglitazone that you are already taking. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than alogliptin 25 mg plus pioglitazone 45 mg per day.
        • Children—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.