Albiglutide is a drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 agonists, meaning that albiglutide enhances insulin sensitivity in the body. The drug is administered via subcutaneous injection on the same day each week. Common side effects include body aches, muscle Pan, diarrhea and cough.
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Albiglutide is a drug licensed for use in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The medicine belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists (GLP-1 agonists), which work by increasing the release and sensitivity of insulin in the body. Albiglutide may also be used because the drug only requires once weekly dosing, as the drug is taken on the same day each week. This may increase compliance in diabetic patients. Albiglutide may also be used for purposes not listed in this guide, at the discretion of the prescriber.
- Type 2 Diabetes
Albiglutide, as with any other medicine, does not follow any fixed dose. There are, of course, recommended dosage regimens, but these regimens have exceptions. Patients may present with complicating factors such as age, co-administration of other medicines, and the presence of disease. Dosage may change at the discretion of the prescriber.
- 30mg to be administered subcutaneously on the same day each week.
Albiglutide Side Effects
Side effects occur, to some extent, with all drugs. Albiglutide is associated with numerous clinically significant side effects and many of these can be found listed below, though these lists should not be taken as complete. Patients who experience continuous moderate to severe side effects, or effects that fundamentally interfere with daily function, should discontinue albiglutide and contact their healthcare provider. Common side effects include:
- Body Aches
- Loss of Voice
- Muscle Pan
Consult your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Fast Heartbeat
Albiglutide is linked to many notable moderate to major drug interactions and many of these can be found in the list below, though such a list cannot be taken as exhaustive. Patients may be taking prescription or over-the-counter medicine already and, if this is the case, such patients should inform their doctor prior to taking albiglutide. Patients should also avoid commencing additional medication unless approval has been received from either their prescriber or pharmacist. Drugs that interact with albiglutide include: