October 1, 2014
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Trajenta

(linagliptin)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02370921 TRAJENTA 5MG TABLET

How does Trajenta work? What will it do for me?

Linagliptin belongs to the group of diabetes medications called DPP-4 inhibitors. It works by increasing the amount of incretin released by the intestine. Incretin is a hormone that raises insulin levels when blood sugar is high (especially after a meal) and decreases the amount of sugar made by the body.

Linagliptin is used alone or in combination with other medications to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. This medication should be used as part of an overall diabetes management plan that includes a diet and exercise program.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Trajenta?

The usual dose of this medication is 5 mg daily.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Linagliptin can be taken with or without food.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Trajenta come in?

Each light red, round, biconvex, bevelled-edged, film-coated tablet, marked on one side with the Boehringer Ingelheim company symbol and "D5" on the other, contains 5 mg linagliptin. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mannitol, pregelatinised starch, maize starch, copovidone, and magnesium stearate; film coating: hypromellose, titanium dioxide, talc, macrogol, and iron oxide red.

Who should NOT take Trajenta?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to linagliptin or any ingredients of this medication
  • have ketoacidosis (a complication of diabetes associated with high blood sugar, weight loss, nausea or vomiting)
  • have type 1 diabetes

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