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Jentadueto XR is a medicine used along with diet and exercise to help control high blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Jentadueto XR is available as an extended-release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day).
How does this medication work?
Jentadueto XR contains two different medicines that work together in different ways to lower your blood sugar levels: linagliptin and metformin. Linagliptin works by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances that lower blood sugar when it is high. Metformin helps your body respond better to the insulin it makes naturally, and decreases the amount of sugar your liver makes and the amount of sugar your intestines absorb. Together, they help to control your blood sugar.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Lowering your blood sugar to a normal level may prevent or delay potential complications associated with diabetes, such as blindness, kidney failure, or heart problems. Also, the combination of medicines in Jentadueto XR provides better control of blood sugar compared to metformin alone.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Jentadueto XR exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Check your blood sugar regularly and as your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider may also do regular blood tests to measure your blood sugar levels and your hemoglobin A1C (measures your average blood sugar levels over a 2- to 3-month period). Stay on your prescribed diet and exercise program, as this will also affect the results of your blood test.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Jentadueto XR can cause a rare but serious condition called lactic acidosis (a build-up of an acid in the blood). This is a medical emergency and must be treated in the hospital. Stop taking Jentadueto XR and call your healthcare provider right away if you feel very weak or tired; have unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, or sleepiness, or you sleep longer than usual; have stomach pains, nausea, or vomiting; feel cold in your hands or feet; experience dizziness or lightheadedness; or have a slow or irregular heartbeat.
You have a higher chance of getting lactic acidosis if you have kidney or liver problems; drink a lot of alcohol; become dehydrated (lose a large amount of body fluids); have certain tests with dyes or contrast agents that are injected into your body; undergo surgery; or experience a heart attack, severe infection, or stroke.
More common side effects may include: common cold, diarrhea.
Less common side effects may include:
Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) with symptoms such as pain in your abdomen (stomach area) that is severe and will not go away. You may feel the pain going from your abdomen through to your back, and may experience vomiting.
Low blood sugar with symptoms such as shaking, sweating, rapid heartbeat, changes in your vision, hunger, headache, or changes in your mood. Your risk of low blood sugar is higher if you take Jentadueto XR with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar.
Allergic reactions with symptoms such as swelling of your face, lips, throat and other areas of your skin; difficulty swallowing or breathing; hives; skin rash; itching; flaking; or peeling.
Jentadueto XR may also cause joint pain that can be severe.
Do not take Jentadueto XR if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Jentadueto XR if you have severe kidney problems.
Do not take Jentadueto XR if you have metabolic acidosis (a condition in which there is too much acid in the body).
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Jentadueto XR. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney, liver, or heart problems; have or have had inflammation of your pancreas; drink alcohol frequently; are going to receive an injection of dye or contrast agents for an x-ray procedure; if you are a premenopausal woman who does not have periods regularly or at all; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your previous medications.
If your body is under some types of stress such as a fever, infection, trauma (such as a car accident), or surgery, your healthcare provider may need to adjust your diabetes medicine.
Take Jentadueto XR exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Jentadueto XR without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Jentadueto XR with meals to lower your chance of having an upset stomach.
Swallow Jentadueto XR tablets whole. Do not split, crush, dissolve, or chew the tablets.
You may see something that looks like the Jentadueto XR tablet in your stool (bowel movement). Talk to your healthcare provider if this happens.
Do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol while taking Jentadueto XR.
If Jentadueto XR is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Jentadueto XR may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
The effects of Jentadueto XR during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. One of the ingredients in Jentadueto XR may be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Jentadueto XR, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from humidity.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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