Glyxambi is a prescription treatment for type-2 diabetes. Unfortunately, patients may be at risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a condition involving dangerously high levels of acidic toxins called ketones in the bloodstream and urine.
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Glyxambi is a combination of linagliptin (Tradjenta) and empagliflozin (Jardiance). It is the only diabetes drug on the market to combine a SGLT2 inhibitor and a DPP-4 inhibitor in one pill. It helps lower blood-sugar levels by forcing the pancreas to make more insulin and the kidneys to remove more glucose (sugar) from the body in urine.
What is the Problem?
In December 2015, the FDA warned that patients on Glyxambi could be at risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This life-threatening metabolic disorder occurs when the blood and body fluids are too acidic.
Normal Blood-Sugar Levels May Delay Diagnosis
DKA is a serious medical condition, but it can be misdiagnosed if patients have mild or moderate hyperglycemia. This could delay diagnosis and treatment, worsening the condition until it becomes life-threatening. Although the risk appears to be low, European health officials have received over 100 reports of ketoacidosis in patients on SGLT2 inhibitor medications like Glyxambi.
What Causes Ketoacidosis?
Ketoacidosis is caused by toxic blood-acids called ketones, which are produced when the body burns fat for energy instead of using glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. There are many risk-factors for ketoacidosis, including recent infections, emotional stress, trauma, surgery, illness (diarrhea or vomiting), reduced food or water intake, and more.
What Does the FDA Recommend?
The FDA recommends that patients on Glyxambi remain vigilant for symptoms of ketoacidosis and seek emergency medical attention if symptoms appear:
“Patients should pay close attention for any signs of ketoacidosis and seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion, and unusual fatigue or sleepiness.”
When Should I Check Ketone Levels?
You can check ketone levels at home with a dipstick test. High levels of ketones can make the blood too acidic and poison the body in less than 24 hours. The American Diabetes Association recommends testing your urine for ketones under the following conditions:
- High blood sugar (over 300-mg/dl) though ketoacidosis can occur with normal blood-sugar
- Nausea, vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Sickness (cold, flu, etc.)
- Feeling tired all the time
- Very thirsty or dry mouth
- Flushed skin
- Trouble breathing
- Breath smells “fruity”
- Confusion or “brain fog”
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