Published: 2017-03-23

Role of teneligliptin in rural India as add-on third drug in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Chandra Narayan Gupta, Vijay Raghavan, Sukanta Sen, Sanjay Kothari


Background: Teneligliptin was introduced in India in May 2015. It has gained popularity and is already widely prescribed in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The main aim of our study was to assess the efficacy and superiority of teneligliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor as add-on third drug along with metformin and glimepiride in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in rural India.

Methods: In this comparative observational study, three groups of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes (on monotherapy) patients each comprising 50 in number were studied for 3 months. Groups were divided into patients on triple drug regimens (Group A- Metformin+Glimepiride+voglibose; Group B- Metformin+Glimepiride+Pioglitazone and Group C- Metformin+Glimepiride+Teneligliptin). In each group FBS and PPBS were tested at the beginning and at 4 weeks intervals. HbA1c was tested at the start of study and at the end of 12 weeks.

Results: After 12 weeks of therapy, it was observed that FBS, PPBS and HbA1c were significantly reduced in Group-C patients containing teneligliptin in comparison to Group-A and B containing voglibose and pioglitazone respectively.

Conclusions: Teneligliptin significantly improves glycemic control in Indian patients with T2DM when prescribed as an add-on to one or more other commonly prescribed antidiabetic drugs, even in patients of rural India. It may be an ideal add-on third drug in the treatment of T2 DM patients.


DPP-4 inhibitor, Glycemic control, Teneligliptin, Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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