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Dulaglutide Side Effects: What You Should Know

Dulaglutide Side Effects: What You Should Know

What is Dulaglutide?

It is an injectable diabetes medicine that is normally prescribed with diet and exercise to help type 2 diabetic adults reduce their blood glucose. This injectable drug can be used alone or as a combination therapy with other diabetes drugs. However, this medication should not be used to treat type 1 diabetic patients. Dulaglutide is normally prescribed after other diabetes drugs have been used without success. The brand name of dulaglutide is Trulicity. Trulicity belongs to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. The drug works by stimulating insulin secretion, inhibiting glucagon release and slowing down digestion. Trulicity can also help diabetic patients lose weight in addition to controlling their blood glucose levels. However, unlike other GLP-1 agonists, dulaglutide is injected once every week.

Dosing

Trulicity is available in strength dose of 0.75mg and 1.5mg. Your doctor will determine the right dose for you. Usually, the recommended starting dose of Trulicity is 0.75mg. You will be shown how to give yourself an injection from home. Dulaglutide should be injected under the skin, preferably in the abdomen, upper arm or thigh. The maximum dose of this drug is 1.5mg every week.

Dulaglutide side effects

Taking dulaglutide to control your blood sugar may lead to some side effects. Some side effects may go away after your body adjusts to this drug. However, if any of the side effects you are experiencing are bothersome or worrisome, you should contact your health-care provider for medical assistance.

The following are the common side effects

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Reduced appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain

This drug can also lead to serious side effects. If you experience the following serious effects of dulaglutide, you should call your doctor immediately.

  • Allergic reactions symptoms like rash, hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of throat, face, and tongue.
  • Hypoglycemia with symptoms such as shakiness, dizziness, blurred vision, hunger, irritability, sweating, and fast heartbeat.
  • Kidney dysfunction that comes with symptoms like fatigue, weakness, nausea, muscle twitches, and swelling of ankles and feet.

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