Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Onglyza

Descriptions


Saxagliptin is used to treat high blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not store excess sugar in the normal way, so the sugar remains in the blood. If a person has high blood sugar levels for a long time, they may develop serious health problems.

Having a proper diet is the first step in managing type 2 diabetes, but medicines may be needed to help the body store excess sugar. Saxagliptin helps to control blood sugar levels by making the pancreas gland release more insulin. It also signals the liver to stop producing sugar when there is too much sugar in the blood.

Saxagliptin does not help patients who have insulin-dependent or type 1 diabetes. Patients with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin from the pancreas gland. The blood sugar is controlled with insulin injections.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet