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Type 2 diabetes is the most
common form of diabetes

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Physical activity along with diet can help manage your blood sugar

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If you have type 2 diabetes, you're not alone. Did you know that type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes? In fact, 90-95% of all diabetes cases in America are type 2.

You probably already know that when you have type 2 diabetes, your pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin, a hormone that helps lower glucose, and your body may not use the insulin it produces effectively.

Without the right amount of insulin, glucose can build up in your bloodstream. Because high blood glucose can seriously affect your health, monitoring and managing your blood glucose numbers is an important part of your treatment plan.

Signs of high blood sugar levels

    Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include the following:
  • Excessive thirst and frequent bathroom trips
  • Extreme hunger
  • Fatigue, or feeling of being "run down"
  • Tingling or burning pain in the feet, legs, hands, or other body parts
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent infections
  • Slow healing of cuts and bruises
  • Blurred vision

While the exact causes of type 2 diabetes aren't completely understood, we do know that hereditary factors can predispose you to the condition. Environmental or lifestyle factors can also be triggers for people with a genetic predisposition to the condition.

Risk factors include:

  • Age (as you get older, your risk for type 2 diabetes goes up)
  • Race (African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes)
  • Family history
  • Being overweight
  • High blood glucose (sugar)
  • For women, a history of diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy eating
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Having type 2 diabetes doesn't mean you can't live life to the fullest. You can still do all the things you love – like watching sports with your friends, going to BBQs, and cooking your favorite dishes. You just have to make small lifestyle changes so you can better manage your blood sugar level.

If your doctor says it's okay for you to increase your physical activity, choose something you like to do. Maybe go for a hike, swim a few laps, play a round of golf, or ride a bike for 30 minutes. Workouts won't seem like work at all when you're having fun.

Staying active is just one part of a good treatment plan. You also have to eat well and take your medication as your doctor prescribes. Together, these things can help lower your blood sugar numbers. Managing your blood sugar is important as it may mean a lower A1C.

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What is the most important information I should know about TRADJENTA?

Serious side effects can happen to people taking TRADJENTA, including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which may be severe and lead to death. Before you start taking TRADJENTA, tell your doctor if you have ever had pancreatitis, gallstones, a history of alcoholism, or high triglyceride levels.

Stop taking TRADJENTA and call your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe and will not go away. The pain may be felt going from your abdomen through to your back. The pain may happen with or without vomiting. These may be symptoms of pancreatitis.

Who should not take TRADJENTA?

Do not take TRADJENTA if you are allergic to linagliptin or any of the ingredients in TRADJENTA.

Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to TRADJENTA may include rash, itching, flaking or peeling; raised red patches on your skin (hives); swelling of your face, lips, tongue and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking TRADJENTA and call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.

What should I tell my doctor before using TRADJENTA?

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have or have had inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over‑the‑counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRADJENTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how TRADJENTA works. Especially tell your doctor if you take

  • other medicines that can lower your blood sugar. If you take TRADJENTA with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered while you take TRADJENTA.
  • rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®, Rifater®, Rifamate®)*, an antibiotic that is used to treat tuberculosis.

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Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

What are the possible side effects of TRADJENTA?

TRADJENTA may cause serious side effects, including

  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you take TRADJENTA with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, or feeling jittery.
  • Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions can happen after your first dose or up to 3 months after starting TRADJENTA. Symptoms may include swelling of your face, lips, throat, and other areas on your skin; difficulty with swallowing or breathing; raised, red areas on your skin (hives); skin rash, itching, flaking, or peeling.
  • Joint pain. Some people who take medicines called DPP-4 inhibitors like TRADJENTA, may develop joint pain that can be severe. Call your doctor if you have severe joint pain.

The most common side effects of TRADJENTA include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, cough and diarrhea.

These are not all the possible side effects of TRADJENTA. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1‑800‑FDA‑10881‑800‑FDA‑1088.


TRADJENTA is a prescription medicine that is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

TRADJENTA is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

If you have had inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) in the past, it is not known if you have a higher chance of getting pancreatitis while you take TRADJENTA.


For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information.