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Trade namesNesina, Vipidia
Kazano, Vipidomet (with metformin)
Oseni, Incresync (with pioglitazone)
Other namesAlogliptin benzoate, SYR-322
  • 2-({6-[(3R)-3-Aminopiperidin-1-yl]-3-methyl-2,4-dioxo-3,4-dihydropyrimidin-1(2H)-yl}methyl)benzonitrile
Clinical data
Drug classDPP-4 inhibitor (gliptin)[1]
Main usesType 2 diabetes[1]
Side effectsRunny nose, headache, upper respiratory tract infection[1]
  • AU: B3
  • US: B (No risk in non-human studies)
Routes of
By mouth
Typical dose25 mg OD[2]
External links
License data
Legal status
  • AU: S4 (Prescription only)
  • US: ℞-only
  • EU: Rx-only
  • In general: ℞ (Prescription only)
Protein binding20%
MetabolismLimited, liver (CYP2D6- and 3A4-mediated)
Elimination half-life12–21 hours
ExcretionKidney (major) and fecal (minor)
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass339.399 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • N#Cc3ccccc3CN\1C(=O)N(C)C(=O)/C=C/1N2CCC[C@@H](N)C2
  • InChI=1S/C18H21N5O2/c1-21-17(24)9-16(22-8-4-7-15(20)12-22)23(18(21)25)11-14-6-3-2-5-13(14)10-19/h2-3,5-6,9,15H,4,7-8,11-12,20H2,1H3/t15-/m1/s1 checkY

Alogliptin, sold under the brand names Nesina and Vipidia among others, is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes.[1] It is a second line treatment used together with diet and exercise.[3] Effects on the risk of heart disease are unclear.[1] It is taken by mouth.[2]

Common side effects include runny nose, headache, and upper respiratory tract infection.[1] Other side effects may include pancreatitis, heart failure, anaphylaxis, liver problems, and low blood sugar.[1] Safety in pregnancy is unclear.[1] It is a DPP-4 inhibitor (gliptin), which works by increasing insulin secretion from the pancreas.[1][2]

Alogliptin was approved for medical use in the United States and Europe in 2013.[1][4] In the United Kingdom 4 weeks costs the NHS about £27 as of 2021.[2] This amount in the United States is about 90 USD.[5] It is also available as a combination medication with metformin or pioglitazone.[3]

Medical uses

Alogliptin is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor that decreases blood sugar similar to the other.[6]

Like other members of the gliptin class, it causes little or no weight gain, exhibits relatively little risk of hypoglycemia, and has relatively modest glucose-lowering activity. Alogliptin and other gliptins are commonly used in combination with metformin in people whose diabetes cannot adequately be controlled with metformin alone.[7]


It is taken at a dose of 25 mg once per day.[2]

Side effects

Side effects may include mild hypoglycemia based on clinical studies.[8][9][10] Alogliptin is not associated with increased weight, increased risk of cardiovascular events.[11][12] It may also cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling.[13] In April 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a warning about increased risk of heart failure.[14]


It was developed by Syrrx, a company which was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in 2005.[15]

Market access

Alogliptin tablets sales in Mainland China. Specification is 25mg * 10 tablets.

In December 2007, Takeda submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) for alogliptin to the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA),[16] after positive results from Phase III clinical trials.[17] In September 2008, the company also filed for approval in Japan,[18] winning approval in April 2010.[16] The company also filed a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) elsewhere outside the United States, which was withdrawn in June 2009 needing more data.[18] The first USFDA NDA failed to gain approval and was followed by a pair of NDAs (one for alogliptin and a second for a combination of alogliptin and pioglitazone) in July 2011.[16] In 2012, Takeda received a negative response from the USFDA on both of these NDAs, citing a need for additional data.[16]

In 2013, the FDA approved the drug in three formulations: as a stand-alone with the brand-name Nesina, combined with metformin using the name Kazano, and when combined with pioglitazone as Oseni.


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External links

  • "Alogliptin". Drug Information Portal. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Archived from the original on 2021-11-05. Retrieved 2021-05-07.