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What you should know about ONGLYZA and your blood sugar numbers

How do I know ONGLYZA is working?

Typically, your doctor will use a test called A1C  to determine how well your treatment is working. A1C is a lab test that shows your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months.

Because A1C measures blood sugar over time, it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions (including diet and exercise) and take your ONGLYZA treatment until your next A1C test.

 

What is the most important information I should know about ONGLYZA?

Serious side effects can happen in people who take ONGLYZA, including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which may be severe and lead to death. Certain medical problems make you more likely to get pancreatitis.

Before you start taking ONGLYZA

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • Inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Stones in your gallbladder (gallstones)
  • History of alcoholism
  • High blood triglyceride levels

Stop taking ONGLYZA, and contact your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe and will not go away. The pain may be felt going from your abdomen through to your back. The pain may happen with or without vomiting. These may be symptoms of pancreatitis.

Serious side effects can happen in people who take ONGLYZA, including heart failure.

Before you start taking ONGLYZA

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have ever had heart failure or have problems with your kidneys

Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Increasing shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially when you lie down
  • An unusually fast increase in weight
  • Swelling in the feet, ankles, or legs

These may be symptoms of heart failure.

 

What should I know about low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?

Low blood sugar may become worse in people who also take another medication to treat diabetes, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Tell your doctor if you take other diabetes medicines.

If you have symptoms of low blood sugar, you should check your blood sugar and treat if low; then call your doctor. Follow your doctor’s instructions for treating low blood sugar.

Symptoms of low blood sugar include:

  • Shaking
  • Hunger
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Change in mood
  • Change in vision
  • Shaking
  • Hunger
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Change in mood
  • Change in vision

 

What should I know about swelling or fluid retention?

Swelling or fluid retention in your hands, feet, or ankles (peripheral edema) may become worse in people who also take a thiazolidinedione to treat diabetes. If you do not know whether you are already on this type of medication, ask your doctor.

These are not all of the possible side effects of ONGLYZA. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or that do not go away. For more information, ask your doctor.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

 

How should I store ONGLYZA?

Store ONGLYZA between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C).

Keep ONGLYZA and all medicines out of the reach of children.

 

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