Tradjenta Warnings and Precautions
If you are using Tradjenta for treating type 2 diabetes, it is important to know that this medication can cause potentially serious problems, such as low blood sugar levels. Other safety precautions with Tradjenta involve warnings about using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, it can cause negative reactions when combined with a number of other medications.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Tradjenta™ (linagliptin) if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With TradjentaSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this diabetes medicine include the following:
- Tradjenta should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis, as it is not effective for treating these conditions.
- The risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) is low for Tradjenta. However, taking Tradjenta with metformin (Fortamet®, Glucophage®, Glucophage XR®, Glumetza®, or Riomet®) or pioglitazone (Actos®) can substantially increase the risk for low blood sugar levels.
- Combining Tradjenta with sulfonylureas increases the risk of low blood sugar levels. Your healthcare provider may need to lower the dosage of your sulfonylurea. Sulfonylureas include:
- Tradjenta may react with a number of other medications (see Tradjenta Drug Interactions for more information).
- Tradjenta is a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking Tradjenta during pregnancy (see Tradjenta and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if Tradjenta passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug (see Tradjenta and Breastfeeding).