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Trade namesLipaglyn
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  • Approved in India
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Molar mass439.57 g·mol−1
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Saroglitazar (INN, trade name Lipaglyn) is a drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia. It is approved for use in India by the Drug Controller General of India.[1] Saroglitazar is indicated for the treatment of diabetic dyslipidemia and hypertriglyceridemia with type 2 diabetes mellitus not controlled by statin therapy. In clinical studies, saroglitazar has demonstrated reduction of triglycerides (TG), LDL cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol, non-HDL cholesterol and an increase in HDL cholesterol a characteristic hallmark of atherogenic diabetic dyslipidemia (ADD). It has also shown favorable Anti-diabetic medication property by reducing the fasting plasma glucose and HBA1c in diabetes patients. The recommended dose of saroglitazar is one tablet of 4 mg once a day.

Mechanism of action[edit]

Saroglitazar is novel first in class drug which acts as a dual PPAR agonist at the subtypes α (alpha) and γ (gamma) of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR). Agonist action at PPARα lowers high blood triglycerides, and agonist action on PPARγ improves insulin resistance and consequently lowers blood sugar.[2]


Being a dual PPAR agonist, Saroglitazar (Lipaglyn) helps in controlling blood glucose and Lipid parameters especially high triglycerides and high non HDL-Cholesterol.[3] Lipaglyn effectively reduces triglycerides and non HDL-C and controls high blood sugar, a typical situation in Insulin Resistance condition.[4][5]


Saroglitazar has not demonstrated any of the adverse effects like weight gain and edema that are usually identified with similar molecules like the glitazone class of drugs.[6] Because it is an insulin sensitizer, Saroglitazar (Lipaglyn) has less potential for hypoglycemia. No major serious adverse events have been reported; however, long-term cardiovascular safety has not been established.[7]


  1. ^ "Zydus Group launches new diabetic drug". The Times of India. Jun 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Lipaglyn (Saroglitazar) for Treating Hypertriglycerdemia in Type II Diabetes, India". Drug Development and Technology.
  3. ^ Manoria PC, Chopra HK, Parashar SK, Dutta AL, Pinto B, Mullasari A, Prajapati S (December 2013). "The nuances of atherogenic dyslipidemia in diabetes: focus on triglycerides and current management strategies". Indian Heart Journal. 65 (6): 683–90. doi:10.1016/j.ihj.2013.10.015. PMC 3905264. PMID 24407538.
  4. ^ Chatterjee S, Majumder A, Ray S (January 2015). "Observational study of effects of Saroglitazar on glycaemic and lipid parameters on Indian patients with type 2 diabetes". Scientific Reports. 5: 7706. Bibcode:2015NatSR...5E7706C. doi:10.1038/srep07706. PMC 4287720. PMID 25573251.
  5. ^ Ramakrishnan S (2015). "From 'Make in India' to 'Made in India': the saroglitazar story". Indian Heart Journal. 67 (1): 8–10. doi:10.1016/j.ihj.2015.02.014. PMC 4382552. PMID 25820041.
  6. ^ Shetty SR, Kumar S, Mathur RP, Sharma KH, Jaiswal AD (2015). "Observational study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of saroglitazar in Indian diabetic dyslipidemia patients". Indian Heart Journal. 67 (1): 23–6. doi:10.1016/j.ihj.2015.02.007. PMC 4382542. PMID 25820046.
  7. ^ Munigoti SP, Harinarayan CV (May 2014). "Role of Glitazars in atherogenic dyslipidemia and diabetes: Two birds with one stone?". Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. 18 (3): 283–7. doi:10.4103/2230-8210.131134. PMC 4056123. PMID 24944919.