Tradjenta, generic name Linagliptin, is a DPP-4 inhibitor prescription drug used for treating Type 2 diabetes. It reduces blood sugar levels and can be used, under your doctor’s supervision, in conjunction with insulin, metformin, and Actos. It is also available as a combination pill known as Jentadueto consisting of both metformin and linagliptin.
How Tradjenta Function
All prescription medicines used to treat Type 2 diabetes aid in reducing blood sugar. But, since all cases of diabetes from person to person vary, a drug that works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. That is why there are different kinds of diabetes medicines, with each kind functioning in a different manner. Tradjenta is a DPP-4 inhibitor or dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor.
The DPP-4 inhibitor class of drugs functions in two ways—through increasing the hormones responsible for stimulating the pancreas to generate more insulin and stimulating the liver to generate lower glucose levels. As your body takes in food, your blood sugar also increases. It is this increase in blood sugar levels that triggers the incretin hormone release, consequently triggering your pancreas for insulin release. Insulin is responsible for coverting blood sugar to useable energy.
Tradjenta breaks down incretin hormones to send signal to the pancreas that your body does not need more insulin and that balance has been effectively restored. It restricts DPP-4 function, allowing for insulin increase required for controlling blood sugar in those with Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes in a Nutshell
Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition in which your body fails to generate sufficient insulin and/or the insulin produced by your body doesn’t function normally. Your body may also produce too much glucose, which can lead to its accumulation in your blood and result in severe health issues. The primary objective of diabetes treatment is to normalize your blood sugar levels. This can be achieved by eating properly, exercising regularly, and taking certain prescription medications.
So, before you order Tradjenta, consult with your doctor about how to prevent, identify, and manage hyperglycemia (excessive blood sugar), hypoglycemia (insufficient blood sugar), and other related issues due to Type 2 diabetes.