Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 35, Issue 10, pp 470–480 | Cite as

Insulin glargine/lixisenatide in type 2 diabetes: a profile of its use

  • Emma DeeksEmail author
Adis Drug Q&A


Subcutaneous insulin glargine/lixisenatide [Suliqua® 100/33 and 100/50 (EU); Soliqua® 100/33 (USA)] is a titratable, fixed-ratio combination of a long-acting basal insulin analogue + a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) approved to treat inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes (T2D) in adults. Once-daily insulin glargine/lixisenatide provided glycaemic control better than that of insulin glargine or lixisenatide in insulin-naive patients (when added to metformin) and better than that of insulin glargine in insulin-experienced patients (when used ± metformin) in phase 3 trials in adults with inadequately controlled T2D. It also had a beneficial effect on bodyweight and did not increase the frequency of hypoglycaemia versus insulin glargine. Insulin glargine/lixisenatide is generally well tolerated and offers the convenience of once-daily administration of two subcutaneous antihyperglycaemic agents. It is, therefore, a valuable option for improving glycaemic control in adults with T2D when this has not been provided by metformin alone or metformin + another oral antihyperglycaemic agent or + basal insulin.



The manuscript was updated from Drugs 2017;17(12):1353–62 [15], and was reviewed by: S.C. Bain, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, UK; G. Dimitriadis, 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Research Institute and Diabetes Center, Athens University Medical School, Attikon University Hospital, Haidari, Greece; T. Tzotzas, St Luke’s General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. During the peer review process, Sanofi-Aventis, the marketing-authorization holder of insulin glargine/lixisenatide, was also offered an opportunity to provide a scientific accuracy review of their data. Changes resulting from comments received were made on the basis of scientific and editorial merit.

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Emma Deeks is an employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, is responsible for the article content and declares no conflicts of interest.


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