Januvia (Sitagliptin) is prescribed to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. This medicine is used with a healthy diet and exercise program to improve blood sugar levels. You should not take Januvia with other medications without consulting a doctor as it can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar or hypoglycemia. Always check your blood sugar levels at regular intervals and share diabetes data with your doctors. Januvia tablets come in 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg strengths that you can easily order online.
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What is Januvia?
Januvia is an oral medication used to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Januvia is usually prescribed along with a healthy diet, regular exercise, or other diabetes medicines to maintain blood sugar levels. Januvia is not given to people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
The medication is not recommended to patients younger than 18 years old and to treat type 1 diabetes.
Uses and Benefits of Januvia
Januvia Tablet is prescribed by doctors to lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which either the body cannot effectively use the hormone insulin to move sugar from the blood into your cells, or the body cannot produce enough insulin. As a result, the sugar levels increase in the blood which can cause several symptoms including:
Excessive hunger and thirst
Fatigue and weakness
Weight loss or gain
Slow wound healing
Januvia contains the active ingredient Sitagliptin. It works by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas and reducing the release of hormones that increase blood sugar levels. It also helps to reduce the serious complications caused by diabetes such as kidney damage, eye damage, blindness, nerve problems, and loss of limbs.
Side Effects of Januvia
Patients taking Januvia may experience common side effects including:
Upper respiratory infection
Stuffy or runny nose and sore throat
Swelling of the hands and legs
Januvia can also cause serious side effects that include:
- Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia: If Januvia is taken with medicines like sulfonylurea or insulin, it can lower blood sugar levels. This may lead to confusion, sweating, weakness, and a fast heartbeat.
- Serious allergic reactions: Januvia can cause allergic reactions in some patients including skin rash, blisters, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, and trouble breathing.
- Kidney problems that sometimes require dialysis.
- Severe joint pain
- Pancreatitis: In rare cases, Januvia can also cause swelling of the pancreas.
How to use Januvia?
How to use Januvia?
Januvia comes in the form of a tablet in three doses: 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. The tablet is taken orally after a meal or on an empty stomach usually once a day. It is advised to take the correct dose of the medicine as prescribed by your doctor depending on your blood sugar levels. People should take Januvia at the same time each day to get maximum benefits. In case you miss a dose of Januvia, take it as soon as you remember but never take two doses at the same time.
People taking Januvia should also follow the diet and exercise program recommended by the doctors. Always remember to check your blood sugar levels regularly.
Do not take Januvia with other medications such as Amiloride, Beclometasone, Betamethasone, and Chlorthalidone as it can cause adverse side effects. Taking Januvia with other antidiabetic drugs can cause your blood sugar level to drop too low suddenly.
Taking birth control pills with Januvia can reduce the effectiveness of the drug. Therefore, patients should discuss with the doctor all their medical conditions and any other medicine or supplements they are taking to avoid any drug interactions.
Before you start taking Januvia, tell your doctor if you have had any of the following conditions:
High blood triglyceride levels
Stones in your gallbladder
- Do not take Januvia, if you are allergic to any of its ingredients including Sitagliptin.
If you are taking Januvia, do not consume too much alcohol as it can decrease the blood sugar level.
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