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Lixisenatide

Uses

Taking this medication along with a healthy diet and exercise can help manage high blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Drug class: Anti-diabetic drug; Glucagon like peptide-1 analogue; Incretin mimetic

Route of administration: Subcutaneous

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Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

The medication promotes insulin production in the pancreas, which helps move glucose from the bloodstream to other body tissues when blood sugar levels are high. Furthermore, this medication slows digestion and decreases hunger. 

Side effects

It may cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, anxiety, dizziness, headache, weakness, mouth drying, weight loss, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), rash/itching, fast heartbeat, pain/redness at the site of injection, trouble breathing, sweating, shakiness, tingling of hands & feet.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and inform your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or have any other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

If you have a history of renal issues (kidney disease), liver disease, pancreas disease, gallbladder stone, thrombocytopenia (blood disorder), stomach/abdominal disease,

 Type 1 diabetes cannot be treated with this medication.

When your body is stressed, controlling your blood glucose level becomes challenging.

Consult your doctor if you get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding while using this medication.

In case of pregnancy consult your doctor.

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