Lixisenatide: a guide to its use as add-on therapy in type 2 diabetes mellitus

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Lixisenatide (Lyxumia®), a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist that acts in a glucose-dependent manner to improve glycaemic control, is indicated as add-on treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus in combination with oral antidiabetic drugs and/or basal insulin when these agents do not provide adequate glycaemic control. In clinical trials in this patient population, add-on therapy with once-daily subcutaneous lixisenatide improved glycaemic control, had beneficial effects on bodyweight and was generally well tolerated.

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