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Last Updated 25 Jun 2014

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Onglyza 5mg tablets

Onglyza (on-gly-zah) is a medicine which is used in diabetes mellitus. Onglyza contains saxagliptin hydrochloride. It is supplied by Bristol Myers Squibb-AstraZeneca EEIG.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Onglyza varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

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Information specific to Onglyza 5mg tablets when used in diabetes mellitus

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Your medicine

Onglyza increases the amount of insulin produced by the body after a meal. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body to use the sugar in the blood properly and it helps to prevent the blood sugar level from becoming too high. Onglyza is used with other medicines, diet and exercise to control blood-sugar levels.

In diabetes, the body may not be able to produce enough insulin or the insulin that it produces may not have the full effect. In some instances, the body may not be able to produce any insulin at all. These can all lead to problems controlling the blood sugar level.

It is very important that your blood sugar level is well controlled. Blood sugar levels which are too high or too low can be dangerous. Your prescriber or a member of your diabetes team will be able to give you information on how to recognise the warning signs of high and low blood sugar levels. They will also be able to tell you what to do if either of these occurs.

Warning signs can vary from person to person. If the usual warning signs of poorly controlled blood sugar levels change or disappear, you should contact your prescriber or a member of your diabetes team.

The amount of Onglyza you need to control your blood sugar levels will be worked out by your prescriber or your diabetes team. They may also advise you to measure your blood sugar regularly – they will show you how to do this. If you are having problems controlling or measuring your blood sugar, you should contact your prescriber or a member of your diabetes team.

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should take. It also tells you how often you should take your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should take. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

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When to take your medicine

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by what you eat, when you eat and the times at which you take other medicines. Make sure you follow any specific instructions given to you by your prescriber or that are in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine.

In the case of Onglyza:

  • you can take Onglyza at the time of day which suits you best
  • if you forget to take a dose of Onglyza take it as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses of Onglyza on the same day
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How to take your medicine

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

In the case of Onglyza:

If you are having problems taking this medicine, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other medicines that are easier for you to take.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. You may need a test to assess the effect of taking extra doses. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

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Stopping your medicine

Suddenly stopping your medicine may cause your original condition to return. This is why you must speak to your prescriber if you are having any problems taking your medicine.

If you are not having any problems taking this medicine then do not stop taking it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your prescriber.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111.

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Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. You should keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

In the case of Onglyza:

  • there are no special instructions on how to look after your medicine

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Onglyza is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for someone who is under the age of 18 years.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects
  • to determine whether or not the medicine is suitable and whether it must be prescribed with extra care

Over time it is possible that Onglyza can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Onglyza has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

As part of treatment, this medicine may be used in combination with other medicines. There is no information available about the side-effects of Onglyza when it is taken on its own. The information included here relates to the side-effects caused by the combination of this medicine with other medicines that it is usually given with. There may be more information on the side-effects of Onglyza in the Patient Information Leaflet for Onglyza.

Very common: More than 1 in 10 people who take Onglyza together with a sulphonylurea or insulin :

  • decreased blood sugar levels

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who take Onglyza together with metformin :

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who take Onglyza together with a thiazolidinedione :

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who take Onglyza together with a sulphonylurea, or metformin or a thiazolidinedione :

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who take Onglyza together with metformin and a sulphonylurea :

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who take Onglyza together with a sulphonylurea, or metformin or a thiazolidinedione :

  • dermatitis
  • hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic reaction, anaphylactic shock and angioedema - seek medical advice if you get any hypersensitivity reaction
  • itching
  • pancreatitis - seek medical advice if you have persistent stomach pain
  • urticaria

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who take Onglyza together with metformin :

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who take Onglyza together with a sulphonylurea :

  • abnormal levels or high levels of lipids in the blood
  • tiredness

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown :

  • abnormal laboratory test results
  • feeling dizzy
  • stomach pain - seek medical advice if you have persistent stomach pain

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call 111.

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Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Onglyza:

The following types of medicine may interact with Onglyza:

If you are taking Onglyza and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Onglyza.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Onglyza:

  • this medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery

You should see how this medicine affects you before you judge whether you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt about whether you should drive or operate machinery, talk to your prescriber.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Onglyza:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when taking Onglyza
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Onglyza:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Onglyza
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Onglyza:

  • you should only take this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Onglyza, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Onglyza:

  • women who are breast-feeding must not take this medicine

Before you have your baby you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. If you wish to breast-feed you should discuss with your prescriber whether there are any other medicines you could take which would also allow you to breast-feed. You should not stop this medicine without taking advice from your doctor.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's taste and appearance and to make it easier to take. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

You should check that you are able to take the ingredients in your medicine, especially if you have any allergies.

Onglyza contains:

  • cellulose microcrystalline (E460i)
  • croscarmellose sodium (E468)
  • indigo carmine aluminium lake (E132)
  • lactose monohydrate
  • macrogol 3350
  • magnesium stearate
  • polyvinyl alcohol
  • red iron oxide (E172)
  • shellac
  • talc (E553b)
  • titanium dioxide (E171)

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Onglyza before, do not take Onglyza. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Onglyza, Version 13, last updated 25 Jun 2014