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Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body does not produce or use insulin normally resulting in the body’s blood sugar level being too high. Januvia is used for adults with type 2 diabetes to improve blood sugar control and is not used for treating insulin-dependent or type 1 diabetes. Januvia may be used in combination with other diabetes medications and should be used in addition to diet and exercise to control blood glucose levels.
Januvia, also known as sitagliptin phosphate, is a diabetes medication that can help to control blood sugar levels. This diabetes medicine increases the levels of incretins, a natural substance within the body. Incretins help to control blood sugar levels by regulating and increasing the release of insulin, especially after eating. Januvia also signals to the liver to stop producing glucose when there is too much sugar already in the blood. The medication sitagliptin works by increasing insulin release. Incretin hormones are released by the intestine throughout the day in response to food and Januvia also slows the inactivation of these hormones which decreases glucagon levels in the body.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side effects of Januvia may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: What is the recommended dosage for Januvia?
A: For adults, the most frequently prescribed dosage for Januvia is usually 100mg although it also comes in 25mg and 50mg strengths. The dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to medication. It is usually prescribed to be taken once daily with or without food.
Q: Which form of diabetes is this medication prescribed for?
A: Januvia is prescribed to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes and is not used for treating type 1 diabetes.
Q: How should I manage my type 2 diabetes while taking Januvia?
A: Januvia helps to regulate blood sugar levels but does not cure diabetes. You should continue to monitor and record your blood sugar levels and inform your doctor if your levels are consistently too high or low. This medication can be used alongside other diabetes medications and should be used alongside diet and exercise in order to control blood sugar levels.
Q: Is there a generic alternative available to Januvia?
A: There is currently no therapeutically equivalent Januvia generic alternative.
Q: What are the side effects of Januvia?
A: Common side effects of Januvia include stuffed or runny nose, sore throat, headaches or joint pains, nausea and increased urination. You should contact your doctor if you experience any of the following: Ongoing pain beginning in the middle or left of the stomach which may also spread to the back; Persistent nausea or vomiting; Rashes, hives or a swelling of face, lips or tongue or unusual or sudden weight gain; Difficulty in breathing or swallowing; Severe dizziness; Loss of appetite.