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Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Onglyza

If your doctor has prescribed you the type 2 diabetes medication Onglyza, you’re probably curious about the drug, how effective it is, what are the side effects, and more. Below, our Onglyza side effect lawyers answer some of the questions most commonly asked by our clients.


What is Onglyza?

What is it prescribed for?

How is Onglyza taken?

How does Onglyza work?

What should I tell my physician before taking Onglyza?

What are the potential side effects of taking Onglyza?

What should I do if I begin to experience any of these side effects?

Do I have grounds for a legal claim if I suffer injury from Onglyza?

What kind of damages can I claim?

Do I need an Onglyza attorney to file a lawsuit?



Q: What is Onglyza?

A: Onglyza is the brand name for the prescription drug saxagliptin. It is classified as a Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor. It was developed and marketed by the Swedish-British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. It was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009.

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Q: What is it prescribed for?

A: Onglyza is prescribed to keep the levels of blood glucose sugar from spiking in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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Q: How is Onglyza taken?

A: Onglyza comes in tablet form, and it should be taken by mouth at the same time each day, as directed by your doctor. You cannot cut the tablets in half. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Onglyza can be taken with or without food. It can also be taken in combination with other type 2 diabetes medications your doctor may prescribe.

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Q: How does Onglyza work?

A: Onglyza keeps your blood glucose levels in check by stimulating your pancreas gland to produce more insulin while limiting the amount of glucose your liver produces.

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Q: What should I tell my physician before taking Onglyza?

A: Before taking Onglyza, you should tell your physician the following:

  • What other medications you are currently taking.
  • If you have or have ever had gallstones, a history of alcoholism, high blood triglyceride levels, or inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
  • If you have kidney problems. Your physician may have to adjust your dosage if your kidney isn’t functioning properly.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to Onglyza or any other Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor to regulate high blood glucose.
  • If you have type 1 diabetes. Onglyza should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes.
  • If you have a history of or risk for diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your urine or blood).
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if taking Onglyza will harm your unborn child, but you should let your doctor know. Your doctor may have other ways of controlling your blood glucose levels while you are pregnant.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan on breastfeeding while taking Onglyza. The medication may be passed on to the child through breast feeding.

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Q: What are the potential side effects of taking Onglyza?

A: Many side effects have been attributed to Onglyza use, including:

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatisis)–this is a serious condition that can lead to permanent injury and even death
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Heart failure
  • Skin reactions
  • Thyroid cancer

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Q: What should I do if I begin to experience any of these side effects?

A: Follow these four steps:

  • Stop taking the medication
  • Call the physician who prescribed the medication to you
  • Seek medical attention
  • Contact a pharmaceutical injury attorney

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Q: Do I have grounds for a legal claim if I suffer injury from Onglyza?

A: Absolutely. If any side effects at all can be linked to your use of this medication, you may have grounds for filing an injury lawsuit Onglyza’s manufacturer, AstraZeneca. If you have lost a loved one who had been prescribed Onglyza, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against AstraZeneca.

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Q: What kind of damages can I claim?

A: In a pharmaceutical injury claim, you may recover the costs of all your current and future medical bills, lost wages, damages for pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, loss of career or earning capacity, damages for loss of joy of life, punitive damages, wrongful death damages for the loss of a loved one, and more.

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Q: Do I need an Onglyza attorney to file a lawsuit?

A: Pharmaceutical companies have very deep pockets and their insurers enlist platoons of litigators to reduce the amounts of settlement they’re sued for. To get a settlement worthy of you and your family’s suffering, you will need a skilled and aggressive attorney handling your case. Farah & Farah has fought against large corporations on the behalf of injury victims for decades.

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Contact Our Onglyza Injury Lawyers

Farah & Farah’s Onglyza injury attorneys are currently investigating nationwide pharmaceutical claims related to Onglyza. Call our office for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.

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