Medically reviewed on September 10, 2018
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Solution Pen-injector, Subcutaneous [preservative free]:
Trulicity: 0.75 mg/0.5 mL (0.5 mL); 1.5 mg/0.5 mL (0.5 mL) [contains polysorbate 80]
Brand Names: U.S.
- Antidiabetic Agent, Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) Receptor Agonist
Dulaglutide is an agonist of human glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor and augments glucose dependent insulin secretion and slows gastric emptying.
Vd: ~17 to 19 L
Degradation to amino acids by protein catabolism pathways.
Time to Peak
Plasma: 24 to 72 hours
Special Populations: Renal Function Impairment
Renal impairment: Dulaglutide systemic exposure increased by 20%, 28%, 14%, and 12% for mild, moderate, and severe renal impairment, and ESRD, respectively.
Special Populations: Hepatic Function Impairment
Dulaglutide systemic exposure decreased by 23%, 33%, and 21% for mild, moderate, and severe hepatic impairment, respectively.
Use: Labeled Indications
Type 2 diabetes mellitus: Adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (noninsulin dependent, NIDDM)
Serious hypersensitivity to dulaglutide or any component of the formulation; personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC); patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN2)
Canadian labeling: Additional contraindications (not in US labeling): Pregnancy; breast-feeding
Type 2 diabetes mellitus: SubQ: Initial: 0.75 mg once weekly; may increase to 1.5 mg once weekly if inadequate glycemic response; maximum: 1.5 mg/week
Missed doses: If a dose is missed, administer as soon as possible within 3 days after the missed dose; dosing can then be resumed on the usual day of administration. If there are less than 3 days until next scheduled dose, omit the missed dose and resume administration at the next regularly scheduled weekly dose.
Refer to adult dosing.
Dosing: Renal Impairment
No dosage adjustment necessary; use caution when initiating or escalating doses.
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling; use with caution
SubQ: Do not inject intravenously or intramuscularly. Inject subcutaneously into the upper arm, thigh, or abdomen; when administering within the same body region, use a different injection site each week. Administer once weekly on the same day each week, without regard to meals or time of day. The day of weekly administration may be changed, as long as the last dose was administered ≥3 days before. If using concomitantly with insulin, administer as separate injections (do not mix); may inject in the same body region as insulin, but not adjacent to one another.
Individualized medical nutrition therapy (MNT) based on ADA recommendations is an integral part of therapy.
Store at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze. Protect from light. If needed, each single-dose pen or prefilled syringe can be kept at room temperature, not to exceed 86°F (30°C) for a total of 14 days.
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
Guanethidine: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
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
Insulins: Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Agonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Insulins. Management: Consider insulin dose reductions when used in combination with glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists. Avoid the use of lixisenatide in patients receiving both basal insulin and a sulfonylurea. Consider therapy modification
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Pegvisomant: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Prothionamide: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Quinolones: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Quinolones 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
Ritodrine: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. 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
Sulfonylureas: Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Agonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Sulfonylureas. Management: Consider sulfonylurea dose reductions when used in combination with glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists. Avoid the use of lixisenatide in patients receiving both basal insulin and a sulfonylurea. Consider therapy modification
Thiazide and Thiazide-Like Diuretics: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
>10%: Gastrointestinal: Nausea (12% to 21%), diarrhea (9% to 13%), vomiting (6% to 13%)
1% to 10%:
Cardiovascular: Sinus tachycardia (3% to 6%), prolongation P-R interval on ECG (3%), first degree atrioventricular block (2%)
Central nervous system: Fatigue (4% to 6%)
Endocrine & metabolic: Hypoglycemia (3% to 6%)
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain (7% to 9%), decreased appetite (5% to 9%), dyspepsia (4% to 6%), constipation (4%), flatulence (3%), abdominal distension (2% to 3%), gastroesophageal reflux disease (2%), eructation (1% to 2%)
Immunologic: Antibody development (2%)
<1%, postmarketing, and/or case reports: Acute renal failure, anaphylaxis, angioedema, chronic renal failure (worsening), hypersensitivity reaction, increased serum amylase, increased serum creatinine, increased serum lipase, injection site reaction, pancreatitis
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Cardiovascular effects: Tachycardia, PR interval prolongation, and first-degree AV block have been observed; use caution in patients with, or at risk (eg, preexisting conduction system abnormalities, underlying structural heart disease, ischemic heart disease, cardiomyopathies) for developing conduction abnormalities.
• Hypersensitivity reactions: Serious hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylactic reactions and angioedema, have been reported; discontinue therapy in the event of a hypersensitivity reaction. Use with caution in patients with a history of angioedema or anaphylaxis to other GLP-1 receptor agonists; potential for cross-sensitivity is unknown.
• Pancreatitis: Cases of pancreatitis have been reported; monitor for signs and symptoms of pancreatitis (eg, persistent severe abdominal pain). If pancreatitis is suspected, discontinue use. Do not resume therapy if pancreatitis is confirmed. Consider antidiabetic therapies other than dulaglutide in patients with a history of pancreatitis.
• Thyroid tumors:[US Boxed Warning] Thyroid C-cell tumors have developed in animal studies with glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists; it is not known if dulaglutide causes thyroid C-cell tumor, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in humans. Routine monitoring of serum calcitonin or using thyroid ultrasound monitoring is of uncertain value for early detection of MTC in patients treated with dulaglutide. Patients should be counseled on the potential risk of MTC with the use of dulaglutide and informed of symptoms of thyroid tumors (eg, neck mass, dysphagia, dyspnea, persistent hoarseness). Use is contraindicated in patients with a personal or a family history of MTC and in patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN2). Once case of MTC has been reported in a patient treated with dulaglutide and cases have also been reported in patients treated with the GLP-1 receptor agonist liraglutide; data is insufficient to establish or exclude a casual relationship. Consultation with an endocrinologist is recommended in patients with thyroid nodules on physical examination or neck imaging and in patients who develop elevated calcitonin concentrations. Routine monitoring of serum calcitonin or using thyroid ultrasound monitoring is of uncertain value for early detection of MTC in patients treated with dulaglutide.
• Gastrointestinal disease: Use is not recommended in patients with preexisting severe gastrointestinal disease, including severe gastroparesis.
• Hepatic impairment: Use with caution in patients with hepatic impairment.
• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with renal impairment, particularly during initiation of therapy and dose escalation. Acute renal failure and chronic renal failure exacerbation (sometimes requiring hemodialysis) have been reported; some cases have been reported in patients with no known pre-existing renal disease. A majority of reported cases occurred in patients with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea or dehydration.
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.
• Appropriate use: Diabetes mellitus: Not recommended for first-line therapy in patients inadequately controlled on diet and exercise alone. Do not use in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis; not a substitute for insulin.
• Patient education: Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is essential to maximize the effectiveness of therapy.
Plasma glucose, HbA1c (at least twice yearly in patients who have stable glycemic control and are meeting treatment goals; quarterly in patients not meeting treatment goals or with therapy change [ADA 2018a]), renal function (in patients reporting severe GI reactions), signs/symptoms of pancreatitis
Adverse events have been observed in some animal reproduction studies. 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 2018c; 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 (ADA 2018c; Blumer 2013). Agents other than dulaglutide are currently recommended to treat diabetes in pregnant women (ADA 2018c).
• 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 lack of appetite or loss of strength and energy. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of thyroid cancer (new lump or swelling in the neck, pain in the front of the neck, persistent cough, persistent change in voice like hoarseness, or difficulty swallowing or breathing), signs of kidney problems (urinary retention, hematuria, change in amount of urine passed, or weight gain), signs of pancreatitis (severe abdominal pain, severe back pain, severe nausea, or vomiting), signs of low blood sugar (dizziness, headache, fatigue, feeling weak, shaking, tachycardia, confusion, increased hunger, or sweating), dizziness, passing out, tachycardia, severe diarrhea, severe nausea, vomiting, or severe abdominal pain (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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