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Vildagliptin (Galvus)  

Vildagliptin belongs to a group of medicines called “oral antidiabetics”.  It is used to treat adult patients with type 2 diabetes when diabetes cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone. It helps to control the level of sugar in the blood. Your doctor will prescribe Vildagliptin either alone or together with certain other antidiabetic medicines which you will already be taking, if these have not proved sufficiently effective to control diabetes.

Important Information

Do not take Vildagliptin if:

– you are allergic to vildagliptin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. If you think you may be allergic to vildagliptin or any of the other ingredients of Galvus, do not take this medicine and talk to your doctor.

-If you have previously taken Vildagliptin but had to stop taking it because of liver disease, you should not take this medicine.

-If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

You should not use Vildagliptin during pregnancy. It is not known if Vildagliptin passes into breast milk. You should not use Galvus if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

If you feel dizzy while taking Vildagliptin, do not drive or use machines.

Diabetic skin lesions are a common complication of diabetes. You are advised to follow the recommendations for skin and foot care that you are given by your doctor or nurse. You are also advised to pay particular attention to new onset of blisters or ulcers while taking Vildagliptin. Should these occur, you should promptly consult your doctor.

A test to determine your liver function will be performed before the start of Vildagliptin treatment, at three month intervals for the first year and periodically thereafter. This is so that signs of increased liver enzymes can be detected as early as possible.

Other Medicines And Vildagliptin

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.

Your doctor may wish to alter your dose of Vildagliptin if you are taking other medicines such as:

– thiazides or other diuretics (also called water tablets)

– corticosteroids (generally used to treat inflammation)

– thyroid medicines

– certain medicines affecting the nervous system.

How To Take Vildagliptin

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The amount of Vildagliptin people have to take varies depending on their condition. Your doctor will tell you exactly how many tablets of Vildagliptin to take. The maximum daily dose is 100 mg.

The usual dose of Vildagliptin is either:

-50 mg daily taken as one dose in the morning if you are taking Vildagliptin with another medicine called a sulphonylurea.

-100 mg daily taken as 50 mg in the morning and 50 mg in the evening if you are taking Vildagliptin alone, with another medicine called metformin or a glitazone, with a combination of metformin and a sulphonylurea, or with insulin.

-50 mg daily in the morning if you have moderate or severe kidney disease or if you are on dialysis.

Swallow the tablets whole with some water.  Take Vildagliptin every day for as long as your doctor tells you. You may have to take this treatment over a long period of time.

Your doctor will regularly monitor your condition to check that the treatment is having the desired effect.

If You Take More Vildagliptin Than You Should

If you take too many Vildagliptin tablets, or if someone else has taken your medicine, talk to your doctor straight away. Medical attention may be needed. If you need to see a doctor or go to the hospital, take the pack with you.

If You Forget To Take Vildagliptin

If you forget to take a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.

Possible Side Effects Of Vildagliptin

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Some symptoms need immediate medical attention:

You should stop taking Vildagliptin and see your doctor immediately if you experience the following side effects:

 Angioedema (rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people): Symptoms include swollen face, tongue or throat, difficulty swallowing, difficulties breathing, sudden onset rash or hives, which may indicate a reaction called “angioedema”.

 Liver disease (hepatitis) (rare): Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes, nausea, loss of appetite or dark-coloured urine, which may indicate liver disease (hepatitis).

 Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) (frequency not known): Symptoms include severe and persistent pain in the abdomen (stomach area), which might reach through to your back, as well as nausea and vomiting.

Other Side Effects

Some patients have had the following side effects while taking Vildagliptin and metformin:

 Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people): Trembling, headache, dizziness, nausea, low blood glucose

 Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people): Tiredness

Some patients have had the following side effects while taking Vildagliptin and a sulphonylurea:

 Common: Trembling, headache, dizziness, weakness, low blood glucose

 Uncommon: Constipation

 Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people): Sore throat, runny nose

Some patients have had the following side effects while taking Vildagliptin and a glitazone:

 Common: Weight increase, swollen hands, ankle or feet (oedema)

 Uncommon: Headache, weakness, low blood glucose

Some patients have had the following side effects while taking Vildagliptin alone:

 Common: Dizziness

 Uncommon: Headache, constipation, swollen hands, ankle or feet (oedema), joint pain, low

blood glucose

 Very rare: Sore throat, runny nose, fever

Some patients have had the following side effects while taking Vildagliptin , metformin and a sulphonylurea:

 Common: Dizziness, tremor, weakness, low blood glucose, excessive sweating

Some patients have had the following side effects while taking Vildagliptin and insulin (with or without metformin):

 Common: Headache, chills, nausea (feeling sick), low blood glucose, heartburn

 Uncommon: Diarrhoea, flatulence

Since this product has been marketed, the following side effects have also been reported:

 Frequency not known (cannot be estimated from the available data): Itchy rash, inflammation of the pancreas, localised peeling of skin or blisters, muscle pain

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed here.


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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.


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