New Medication

By timmer1950 Latest Reply 2011-05-03 15:11:34 -0500
Started 2011-05-03 12:00:04 -0500

I learned last night on our local news about a new drug available called Tradjenta.
It is designed for those who have type 2 diabetes. Has anyone heard of this drug or are currently taking it ?

4 replies

kdroberts 2011-05-03 15:10:40 -0500 Report

It's a competitor to Januvia and Onglyza. It's not really an insulin stimulator but the whole class of drugs (DPP-4 inhibitors) has some serious safety questions about it

RAYT721 2011-05-03 15:07:18 -0500 Report

I am always leery of a new anything. I have more faith in the tried and true than being a pioneer or trend-setter especially when it comes to my health. Several years ago I was put on a cholesterol medication called Baycol which was "the thing" … shortly after it was recalled and I had the classic symptoms of muscle weakness and other complications. It took me years to let my doctor put me on cholesterol meds again. So far, so good. I am on a tried and true medication and it's working. I won't rock the boat with change EVER again.

Zolar1 2011-05-03 14:49:59 -0500 Report

Here is the news article:

It's just another drug to wear out your pancreas faster.

According to the AACE, many doctors are now prescribing insulin as a first treatment. Far less side effects.

Ask your doctor to try insulin for a few months. You will have to adjust your dosage frequently, but conservatively.
The chart they give you is for people starting on it.

I adjust mine according to many factors and not a chart. 95% of the time I get it right.

For me, I *ALWAYS* take 10 units in the morning, unless I know ahead of time what I will be eating. All meat - none! Mostly carbs like french toast - up to 30 units.

And I use more than one kind of insulin too.

If I eat a big meal with lots of fat and carbs like a cheeseburger, I will use 10 units of fast acting, and sometimes 5-10 units of NPH.