It contains two different medications called vildagliptin and metformin. They control your diabetes by helping to bring your blood sugar levels down.
You may experience stomach discomfort like diarrhea, gas, bloating, vomiting, joint ache, headache or have a metallic taste in your mouth.
These side effects may happen but should get better over time. Check with your doctor if any of these side effects are serious or do not go away.
Pancreatitis is a rare but serious side effect of vildagliptin. You should stop taking this medication and check with your doctor immediately if you experience:
Lactic acidosis (a buildup of lactic acid in the body) is a very rare but serious medical problem linked to metformin. The chance of this happening increases if your kidneys are not working properly.
Symptoms of lactic acidosis include
If any of these happens, stop taking your medication and see a doctor immediately as you will need treatment straight away.
Inform your doctor if
If you need to do fasting blood tests, do not take your medication until your blood has been taken and you have eaten.
Avoid taking alcohol with this medication.
Take this medication after food to reduce the chance of stomach discomfort.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Remember to take it with food. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medication to make up for the missed dose.
Pack this medicine into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.