Introduction: Sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors have been developed recently as a new class of anti-diabetic drug, and are becoming widely used in the management of type 2 diabetes (T2D). As these agents have a considerably different glucose-lowering mechanism from those of other anti-diabetic drugs, safe use of this drug class needs to be discussed based on data available from preapproval clinical trials as well as real-world studies. The SGLT2 inhibitor luseogliflozin was developed by Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and was approved as an oral anti-diabetic drug for T2D in Japan Areas covered: The overall safety and efficacy of SGLT2 inhibitor luseogliflozin are summarized on the basis of a literature review, with a focus on reported adverse drug reactions in preapproval clinical trials and a post-marketing surveillance. Expert opinion: SGLT2 inhibitor luseogliflozin is well tolerated, significantly improves hyperglycemia in preapproval clinical trials, and has a favorable safety profile in both preapproval clinical trials and post-marketing surveillance in elderly patients. While long-term safety and efficacy remain to be seen, luseogliflozin can benefit T2D patients worldwide. However, healthcare professionals must perform appropriate patient education that includes temporary withdrawal of luseogliflozin during patient a ‘sick day’ and avoidance of strict carbohydrate restriction during luseogliflozin treatment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmacology (medical)