Diabetes Oral Drug Treatment Guide


If you are being treated for Type 2 diabetes, your doctor may prescribe Tradjenta. Tradjenta, also called linagliptin, works to lower blood sugar.

If you are being treated for Type 2 diabetes, your doctor may prescribe Tradjenta. Tradjenta is also called by its generic name, linagliptin. Tradjenta is a dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitor medication, which works by increasing the production of insulin. Insulin helps the body’s cells absorb sugar from the blood to use for energy. Tradjenta also decreases the release of stored sugar by the liver. By doing these two things, Tradjenta works to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

Before starting treatment with Tradjenta, tell your doctor if you have any allergies to food or medicines, and if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. In addition, let your doctor know if you have any other health conditions such as an acidic blood problem, and if you are taking any other medications or supplements.

Tradjenta is taken as a pill, usually once a day. Tradjenta may be taken with or without food. For the best results, take Tradjenta as directed by your doctor, and try not to miss any doses. If you do miss a dose, take it immediately unless it is close to the time of your next dose. In that case, skip the missed one and get back on track with the next scheduled dose. Do not take extra pills to make up for a missed dose.

During your treatment with Tradjenta, continue to test your blood sugar levels and have blood work done by your doctor. It may be more difficult to regulate blood sugar levels if you are sick, have a fever or an infection.

Tradjenta may cause potential side effects. Call your doctor if you experience allergic reactions, skin problems, problems swallowing or signs of pancreatitis. Symptoms of pancreatitis include severe pain in the stomach or back, upset stomach or vomiting. Other side effects include low blood sugar, diarrhea, cough, sore throat or runny nose.


Keep an open dialogue with your doctor to find a treatment plan that works for you. 

Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.

This video features Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.. Punkaj Khanna earned his Pharm.D. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has special interests in patient education and compliance.

Duration: 2:40. Last Updated On: July 25, 2018, 10:53 a.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Helen Maliagros Scott, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: July 25, 2018
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