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Last updated on 08/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Vildagliptin



DRUG CLASS: Antidiabetic drugs

SUB CLASS: Dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-4) inhibitors

USED FOR: Type 2 diabetes

– 50mg (tablets)

What is Vildagliptin for?

Vildagliptin belongs to a class of medication called dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-4) inhibitors. It works by making the pancreas produce more insulin and less glucagon to control blood sugar level. It is indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

How to use it?

Vildagliptin is taken orally as tablets. The usual dose is 50 mg twice daily in the morning and evening. A lower dose is used in patients with poor kidney function.

What are the side effects of Vildagliptin?

Common side effects of Vildagliptin include tremor, headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and hypoglycemia. This medication does not cause weight gain.

Who should not take Vildagliptin?

People who are allergic to Vildagliptin or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Vildagliptin (Galvus®) contains lactose (milk sugar). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, speak to your doctor before taking this medicine.
– Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you respond to Vildagliptin.
– Non-drug management, including diet and exercise, also plays an important role in controlling diabetes.

Common dosing schedule:
Vildagliptin can be taken with or without food. Administer twice daily doses in the morning and evening (for someone who needs once daily dosing, administer in the morning).

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Vildagliptin may interact with:
– Insulin
– Sulfonylureas, e.g. Glipizide, Gliclazide
– Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, e.g. Lisinopril, Captopril

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Vildagliptin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Vildagliptin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Vildagliptin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.