Januvia

Generic Name: Sitagliptin

  • What is Januvia?

    Januvia is used to treat type 2 diabetes in addition to diet, exercise, and if needed, weight loss. Januvia can be taken alone or with certain other diabetes medications.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Januvia?

    Talk to your doctor if you experience excess thirst or urination, or fruity-scented breath. These may be signs of high blood sugar and improper blood sugar control.

    Januvia can cause a serious allergic reaction, including rash, hives, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, which may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking Januvia and call your doctor right away.

    Januvia may cause a condition known as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). You may experience severe pain in the stomach all the way to your back that will not go away, and it may happen with or without vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking Januvia and contact your doctor immediately.

    The amount of diabetes medication you need may change if you undergo any kind of stress such as a fever, trauma (such as a car accident), infection, or surgery. If you are under any kind of stress, you should notify your doctor immediately.

    Make sure to stay on your diet and exercise program and check your blood sugar regularly.

  • Who should not take Januvia?

    Do not take Januvia if you have type 1 diabetes or if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Januvia?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Januvia. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems, allergies, are taking digoxin, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 100 milligrams (mg) once daily. If you have kidney problems, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose.

  • How should I take Januvia?

    You should take Januvia once a day, with or without food. Your doctor may prescribe Januvia along with other medications that lower blood sugar. It is important to follow any dietary, exercise, and blood sugar monitoring instructions from your doctor while taking this medication.

  • What should I avoid while taking Januvia?

    Avoid missing regular blood sugar testing (by yourself or your doctor).

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Januvia?

    If Januvia is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Januvia with digoxin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Januvia?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: headache, stomach discomfort and diarrhea, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, upper respiratory infection

  • Can I receive Januvia if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Januvia during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Januvia?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Januvia?

    Store at room temperature.

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