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XULTOPHY (insulin degludec and liraglutide) is a prescription medication prescribed to improve glycemic control in people who have type 2 diabetes mellitus.
People with type 2 diabetes mellitus still produce insulin, but their bodies have become resistant, requiring extra insulin. Insulin is the primary hormone that lowers blood sugar to normal levels.
Inject XULTOPHY subcutaneously once daily at the same time each day. XULTOPHY can be given with or without food.
XULTOPHY is dosed based on how much insulin a person normally uses. The possible starting doses are:
The maximum daily dose of XULTOPHY is 50 units insulin degludec and 1.8 mg liraglutide.
XULTOPHY contains two active ingredients: long-acting insulin and a GLP-1 receptor agonist.
Insulin degludec is a long-acting insulin that lasts about 24 hours for most patients.
Liraglutide is a GLP-1 receptor agonist that works by slowing down the gastrointestinal tract and by causing the pancreas to release extra insulin.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any medications that mask the signs of hypoglycemia:
The following drugs can affect the blood sugar of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus:
Since liraglutide slows down the gastrointestinal tract, use caution if you are taking the following medications:
XULTOPHY cannot be used by anyone with a history of Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC). It is also contraindicated for people with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
Rotate injection sites to avoid lipodystrophy.
Do not use XULTOPHY in an insulin pump.
The most common adverse reactions from XULTOPHY may include:
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Xultophy [package insert] Plainsboro, NJ: Novo Nordisk; 2019