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Vipdomet

Vipdomet is an oral anti-diabetic medicine taken to keep blood sugar levels under control and protect patients with diabetes from potential severe health problems linked to this issue. The medication is typically taken on a daily basis when prescribed and it helps to increase the production of insulin when the body is unable to produce as much as it normally does naturally.

Last PIL Review Date: 21/01/2020

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  • Allergy to alopgliptin or metformin
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  • Severely reduced kidney function
  • Uncontrolled diabetes with hyperglycaemia, nausea, vomiting, rapid weight loss, lactic acidosis or ketoacidosis
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  • You experience symptoms of lactic acidosis
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  • You have an allergy to alogliptin or metformin
  • You've used this treatment in the past and suffered from severe side effects
  • You're already taking alogliptin or metformin in another form of medication, or to treat another condition
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What is Vipdomet?

Vipdomet tablets are a medication which treat patients with type 2 diabetes. When someone’s pancreas is not able to make enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels in the body at a safe amount, they can use treatments such as Vipdomet. The use of these tablets can protect diabetes patients from potential serious health problems with their eyes, heart and nervous system.

How does Vipdomet work?

Vipdomet contains two key ingredients called alogliptin and metformin, which both work towards the goal of reducing the amount of sugar in the body. Taking tablets which combine these ingredients is required when blood sugar levels cannot be managed by diet, exercise or other anti-diabetic medicines with fewer ingredients.

Alogliptin boosts the level of insulin made by the body after a meal. Insulin naturally breaks down sugar absorbed after meals but the amount of insulin produced by people with diabetes is insufficient (or the body just can’t use it properly). That is what makes alogliptin so helpful. Metformin also helps with diabetes by lowering the amount of sugar made in the liver and improving the effectiveness of insulin.

How do I take Vipdomet?

The recommended dose is one tablet twice a day. You may be prescribed different dosage instructions depending on your health circumstances. For instance, it may be lowered if you have reduced kidney function.

The tablets should be swallowed whole with water. It’s preferable to take this medicine with food to reduce your chance of an upset stomach.

What are the side effects of Vipdomet?

It is possible you’ll experience side effects while taking Vipdomet, but not all patients get them and they usually do not last for long when they do happen. The most commonly reported side effects include the following:

  • Stomach ache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Cold symptoms such as a sore throat, a stuffy or blocked nose and tiredness
  • Rash
  • Itchy skin (possible with hives)
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion and/or heartburn
  • Metallic taste on your tongue

Some potential side effects can be serious, but thankfully they are also very rare. Nevertheless, you should stop using Vipdomet and contact your doctor or nearest hospital if you notice symptoms of any of the following:

  • Lactic acidosis. Symptoms of this rare but serious condition include vomiting, muscle cramps, difficulty in breathing and reduced body temperature and heartbeat.
  • An allergic reaction. Signs of this problem can include a rash, hives, swelling around the face and difficulty breathing
  • An inflamed pancreas (pancreatitis). The most likely symptom you’ll notice if you have this condition is severe and persistent pain in the abdomen which might reach through to your back.

Can I take Vipdomet?

Certain health conditions may prevent you from taking Vipdomet safely. You should avoid using this medication if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have experienced in the past a serious allergic reaction to any medicines that are taken to control your blood sugar
  • You have severely reduced kidney function
  • You have uncontrolled diabetes with severe hyperglycaemia, lactate acidosis, ketoacidosis or other serious conditions accompanying it
  • You have a severe infection or you’re seriously dehydrated
  • You have a liver disease
  • You are pregnant
  • You are under the age of 18
  • You drink alcohol excessively (either every day or in large quantities from time to time)

Other factors about your health may require altering your medicine dose or other precautions. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following is relevant to you:

  • You have type 1 diabetes
  • You are planning to take Vipdomet with a prescription of insulin or a thiazolidinedione
  • You are taking another medicine for diabetes which contains sulphonylurea
  • You have or have a disease of the pancreas

You should also speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are currently taking before you start using Vipdomet. It is especially important to mention these medicines if you are currently using any of them:

  • Corticosteroids called Hydrocortisone and Prednisolone (used to treat asthma, arthritis and other diseases that involve inflammation)
  • Cimetidine (used to treat stomach problems)
  • Bronchodilators (used to treat asthma)
  • Certain medicines that treat high blood pressure including ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor antagonists
  • Medicines that increase urine production (diuretics)
  • Medicines used to treat pain and inflammation (such as ibuprofen and celecoxib)
  • Medicines that contain alcohol

If you need to have an injection of a contrast medium which contains iodine in your bloodstream, then you should stop taking Vipdomet before or at the time of the injection. Such an injection may be given in preparation for an X-ray or scan. Your doctor will advise on the right time to stop using Vipdomet and when to restart treatment.

What if I take too much Vipdomet?

If you accidentally take a larger dose of this medicine than you were meant to, then you should contact your nearest hospital emergency department right away. When seeing a doctor, take any of the Vipdomet medication with you including packaging if possible.

What if I forget to take Vipdomet?

If you forget to take a dose of this treatment, then take it as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time for the following dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Deliberately skipping doses should not happen either without consulting your doctor first. If you stop taking this medication, then your blood sugar levels may increase and put you at more risk of certain health conditions.

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