If Nesina (alogliptin) is not adequately controlling your blood sugar or if you develop bothersome side effects from the medication, talk to your healthcare provider about trying some of the alternatives. There are several alternatives to Nesina for type 2 diabetes, including lifestyle changes, other oral diabetes medications, and insulin.
Nesina® (alogliptin) is a prescription medication used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a group of diabetes medicines known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition associated with high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. People with the condition are either resistant to insulin, or do not produce enough insulin. Nesina lowers blood sugar levels by slowing the breakdown of hormones that are vital to regulating blood glucose (known as incretin hormones).
Nesina can be used alone or in combination with other diabetes medicines. It is specifically approved for use in combination with diet and exercise. This is because a healthy diet and exercise are essential for controlling diabetes.
While Nesina is an effective diabetes medicine, it may not be the best choice for some people. This could be due to side effects, cost, or simply because other medicines may work better for a particular person. Fortunately, Nesina is just one of several available diabetes medicines. Other treatments a healthcare provider may consider include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Other oral diabetes medicines
- Insulin and other injectable diabetes medicines.
Lifestyle changes are an essential component of diabetes treatment. This includes the following:
- Losing weight (if this is a goal)
- Following a healthy diet (see Diabetic Diet)
- Engaging in regular physical activity (see Diabetes and Exercise).
For some people, lifestyle changes are enough to sufficiently control their blood sugar levels. However, many people need to take medications in addition to lifestyle changes to manage their diabetes.