(sax a GLIP tin)
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Onglyza: 2.5 mg, 5 mg
Brand Names: U.S.
- Antidiabetic Agent, Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV (DPP-IV) Inhibitor
Saxagliptin inhibits dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) enzyme resulting in prolonged active incretin levels. Incretin hormones (eg, glucagon-like peptide-1 [GLP-1] and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide [GIP]) regulate glucose homeostasis by increasing insulin synthesis and release from pancreatic beta cells and decreasing glucagon secretion from pancreatic alpha cells. Decreased glucagon secretion results in decreased hepatic glucose production. Under normal physiologic circumstances, incretin hormones are released by the intestine throughout the day and levels are increased in response to a meal; incretin hormones are rapidly inactivated by the DPP-IV enzyme.
Hepatic via CYP3A4/5 to 5-hydroxy saxagliptin (active; ~50% potency of the parent compound)
Urine (75%, 24% of the total dose as saxagliptin, 36% of the total dose as 5-hydroxy saxagliptin); feces (22%)
Time to Peak
Plasma: Saxagliptin: 2 hours; 5-hydroxy saxagliptin: 4 hours
Duration of Action
Saxagliptin: 2.5 hours; 5-hydroxy saxagliptin: 3.1 hours
Special Populations: Renal Function Impairment
AUC was up to 2.1- and 4.5-fold higher in patients with moderate or severe renal impairment. Dosage adjustment is required. In patients with mild renal impairment, AUC for saxagliptin and its active metabolite were 20% and 70% higher, respectively, which is not considered significant.
Special Populations: Hepatic Function Impairment
Cmax and AUC were 8% and 77% higher, respectively, in patients with hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class A, B, and C). The corresponding Cmax and AUC of the active metabolite were 59% and 33% lower, respectively.
Special Populations: Elderly
Elderly patients had 23% and 59% higher Cmax and AUC values, respectively, compared with younger subjects.
Use: Labeled Indications
Diabetes mellitus, type 2: As an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (noninsulin dependent, NIDDM) as monotherapy or in combination therapy.
Hypersensitivity (eg, anaphylaxis, angioedema, exfoliative skin conditions) to saxagliptin or any component of the formulation
Canadian labeling: Additional contraindications (not in U.S. labeling): Diabetic ketoacidosis, diabetic coma/precoma, type 1 diabetes mellitus
Diabetes mellitus, type 2:
Adults: Oral: 2.5 to 5 mg once daily (US labeling) or 5 mg once daily (Canadian labeling)
Concomitant use with strong CYP3A4/5 inhibitors (eg, atazanavir, clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telithromycin):
US labeling: 2.5 mg once daily
Canadian labeling: There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling; concurrent administration of single dose saxagliptin (100 mg) and ketoconazole increased saxagliptin systemic exposure 145% and decreased exposure to saxagliptin’s major metabolite by 88%.
Concomitant use with insulin or insulin secretagogues: Reduced dose of insulin or insulin secretagogues (eg, sulfonylureas) may be needed
Elderly: Refer to adult dosing.
Dosage adjustment in renal impairment: Note: Renal function may be estimated using the Cockcroft-Gault formula or the MDRD formula for dosage adjustment purposes.
Mild impairment (CrCl >50 mL/minute): No dosage adjustment necessary.
Moderate to severe impairment (CrCl ≤50 mL/minute): 2.5 mg once daily
ESRD requiring hemodialysis:
U.S. labeling: 2.5 mg once daily; administer postdialysis
Canadian labeling: Use is not recommended.
Peritoneal dialysis: There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer's labeling (has not been studied).
Dosage adjustment in hepatic impairment:
U.S. labeling: Mild-to-severe impairment: No dosage adjustment necessary.
Mild impairment: There are no dosage adjustments provided in manufacturer’s labeling.
Moderate to severe impairment: Use is not recommended (lack of clinical experience).
May be administered without regard to meals. Swallow whole; do not split or cut tablets.
Individualized medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is an integral part of therapy (ADA 2013).
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).
ACE Inhibitors: DPP-IV Inhibitors may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of ACE Inhibitors. Specifically, the risk of angioedema may be increased. Monitor therapy
Alpha-Lipoic Acid: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Androgens: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Exceptions: Danazol. Monitor therapy
Aprepitant: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Conivaptan: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Avoid combination
CYP3A4 Inducers: May decrease the serum concentration of Saxagliptin. Monitor therapy
CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Moderate): May increase the serum concentration of Saxagliptin. Monitor therapy
CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Strong): May increase the serum concentration of Saxagliptin. Management: Saxagliptin U.S. product labeling recommends limiting saxagliptin adult dose to 2.5 mg/day when used with a strong CYP3A4 inhibitor. Monitor for increased saxagliptin levels/effects. A similar recommendation is not made in the Canadian product labeling. Consider therapy modification
Dasatinib: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Fosaprepitant: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Fusidic Acid (Systemic): May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Avoid combination
Hyperglycemia-Associated Agents: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents: Antidiabetic Agents may enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy
Idelalisib: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Avoid combination
Insulin: DPP-IV Inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Insulin. Management: Consider a decrease in insulin dose when initiating therapy with a dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitor and monitor patients for hypoglycemia. Consider therapy modification
Ivacaftor: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Luliconazole: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Lumacaftor: May decrease the serum concentration of P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Substrates. Lumacaftor may increase the serum concentration of P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Substrates. Monitor therapy
MAO Inhibitors: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Mifepristone: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Management: Minimize doses of CYP3A4 substrates, and monitor for increased concentrations/toxicity, during and 2 weeks following treatment with mifepristone. Avoid cyclosporine, dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, fentanyl, pimozide, quinidine, sirolimus, and tacrolimus. Consider therapy modification
Netupitant: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Osimertinib: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Osimertinib may decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Palbociclib: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Pegvisomant: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Inducers: May decrease the serum concentration of P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Substrates. P-glycoprotein inducers may also further limit the distribution of p-glycoprotein substrates to specific cells/tissues/organs where p-glycoprotein is present in large amounts (e.g., brain, T-lymphocytes, testes, etc.). Monitor therapy
P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Inhibitors: May increase the serum concentration of P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Substrates. P-glycoprotein inhibitors may also enhance the distribution of p-glycoprotein substrates to specific cells/tissues/organs where p-glycoprotein is present in large amounts (e.g., brain, T-lymphocytes, testes, etc.). Monitor therapy
Quinolone Antibiotics: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Quinolone Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Specifically, if an agent is being used to treat diabetes, loss of blood sugar control may occur with quinolone use. Monitor therapy
Ranolazine: May increase the serum concentration of P-glycoprotein/ABCB1 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Salicylates: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Simeprevir: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Stiripentol: May increase the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates. Management: Use of stiripentol with CYP3A4 substrates that are considered to have a narrow therapeutic index should be avoided due to the increased risk for adverse effects and toxicity. Any CYP3A4 substrate used with stiripentol requires closer monitoring. Consider therapy modification
Sulfonylureas: DPP-IV Inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Sulfonylureas. Management: Consider a decrease in sulfonylurea dose when initiating therapy with a dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitor and monitor patients for hypoglycemia. Consider therapy modification
Thiazide Diuretics: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Frequencies and adverse reactions reported with monotherapy unless otherwise noted.
1% to 10%:
Cardiovascular: Peripheral edema (≤4%; incidence increased in conjunction with thiazolidinediones: ≤8%)
Central nervous system: Headache (7%)
Endocrine & metabolic: Hypoglycemia (≤6%; incidence increased in conjunction with insulin secretagogues: ≤15%)
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain (2%), gastroenteritis (2%), vomiting (2%)
Genitourinary: Urinary tract infection (7%)
Hematologic: Lymphocytopenia (≤2%; dose related)
Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity reaction (2%; including facial edema and urticaria)
Respiratory: Sinusitis (3%)
<1% (important or life-threatening): Acute pancreatitis, anaphylaxis, angioedema, exfoliative dermatitis, immune thrombocytopenia, increased creatine phosphokinase, increased serum creatinine, severe arthralgia (FDA Safety Alert, Aug 28, 2015), skin rash
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Arthralgia: Severe and disabling arthralgia has been reported with DPP-IV inhibitor use; onset may occur within one day to years after treatment initiation and may resolve with discontinuation of therapy. Some patients may experience a recurrence of symptoms if DPP-IV inhibitor therapy resumed.
• Hypersensitivity reactions: Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, angioedema, and exfoliative dermatologic reactions have been reported; discontinue if signs/symptoms of severe hypersensitivity reaction occur. Events have generally occurred within the first 3 months of therapy, and may occur after the initial dose. Use with caution if patient has experienced angioedema with other DPP-IV inhibitor use.
• Pancreatitis: Cases of acute pancreatitis have been reported with use. Monitor for signs/symptoms of pancreatitis; discontinue use immediately if pancreatitis is suspected and initiate appropriate management. Use with caution in patients with a history of pancreatitis as it is not known if this population is at greater risk.
• Diabetic ketoacidosis: Not indicated for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) due to lack of efficacy in this patient population.
• Diabetes mellitus, type 1: Not indicated for use in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (insulin dependent, IDDM) due to lack of efficacy in this patient population.
• Heart failure: No specific recommendations regarding patients with heart failure are provided in the US manufacturer labeling. Initial clinical trials included only a limited number of patients with heart failure (HF). More recently, data from a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in patients with type 2 diabetes with a history of, or at risk for, cardiovascular events demonstrated an increased risk of hospitalization for HF especially during the first 12 months of therapy for patients with elevated levels of natriuretic peptides, previous HF, or chronic kidney disease (Scirica 2013; Scirica 2014).
• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with moderate-to-severe renal dysfunction and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring hemodialysis; dosing adjustment required.
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Drug-drug interactions: Potentially significant interactions may exist, requiring dose or frequency adjustment, additional monitoring, and/or selection of alternative therapy. Consult drug interactions database for more detailed information.
Dosage forms specific issues:
• Lactose: Contains lactose; Canadian labeling recommends avoiding use in patients with galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption syndromes.
• Patient education: Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is essential to maximize the effectiveness of therapy.
Plasma glucose, HbA1c, renal function (prior to initiation of therapy and periodically thereafter); signs/symptoms of pancreatitis
Pregnancy Risk Factor
Adverse events were not observed in animal reproduction studies, except with doses that were also maternally toxic. In women with diabetes, maternal hyperglycemia can be associated with congenital malformations as well as adverse effects in the fetus, neonate, and the mother (ACOG 2005; ADA 2015; Kitzmiller 2008; Metzger 2007). To prevent adverse outcomes, prior to conception and throughout pregnancy maternal blood glucose and HbA1c should be kept as close to target goals as possible but without causing significant hypoglycemia (ACOG 2013; ADA 2015; Blumer 2013; Kitzmiller 2008). Prior to pregnancy, effective contraception should be used until glycemic control is achieved (Kitzmiller 2008). Other agents are currently recommended to treat diabetes in pregnant women (ACOG 2013; Blumer 2013).
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience headache, rhinitis, rhinorrhea, or pharyngitis. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of dysuria, difficult urination, foul-smelling urine, signs of hypoglycemia, severe arthralgia, or signs of pancreatitis (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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