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What should I know about saxagliptin before taking it?

Saxagliptin (Onglyza), a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, is most effective when combined with a proper diet, exercise and weight loss, so expect to make some lifestyle changes when you start taking saxagliptin. You'll also need to monitor your blood sugar levels while taking this drug, especially if you take other diabetes drugs.

Saxagliptin can cause side effects, including upper respiratory tract infections (marked by stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat), urinary tract infections (which cause pain or burning while urinating) and headaches.

Some people may develop an allergic reaction to saxagliptin. Signs of such a reaction include a rash or hives, swelling of the mouth, tongue, lips or face, or difficulty breathing or swallowing. Call your doctor right away if you develop these symptoms.

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