When taken along with a proper diet and exercise, Onglyza can help you reach your A1C goals. This oral medication is a DPP4 (Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4) inhibitor that you can take once daily to improve glycemic control over type 2 diabetes as you do your part to eat healthy and stay active. Monitor your blood glucose levels regularly as these levels can drop if you are stressed, sick, or will be inactive for any length of time. Discuss this with your doctor so you will be aware of how to handle your diabetic meds.
When taken as directed, the active ingredient in Onglyza called Saxagliptin will work by affecting the action of incretins, natural hormones in your body. The incretins increase the consumption of sugar by your body mostly through increasing the production of insulin in your pancreas and works in your liver to reduce the production of sugar. The result is lower blood sugar levels.
Type 1 diabetics will not benefit from Onglyza as they are no longer able to produce any insulin. As Onglyza requires insulin to carry out its benefits, only those with type 2 diabetes will be able to take this medication to obtain healthy levels of blood sugar.
Tell your doctor if you are breast feeding, pregnant, or trying to conceive before starting on Onglyza to be certain of its safety. Discuss all current medical conditions or allergies you have and list any over the counter and Rx drugs you take or use to avoid possible negative interactions when taking Onglyza. There is no cure for diabetes so you must continue taking Onglyza as prescribed and have a diet plan to regulate healthy sugar levels.
Your A1C test measures your blood sugar over time, usually 2-3 months. This is how your doctor will determine if Onglyza is working well for you so it is important that you follow instructions. Keep all meds out of children’s reach and never share medications with anyone else. Do not drive if you experience sweating, headache, shaking, or have a change in your vision as your blood sugar may be too low.