Compare Apidra vs. Janumet

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Apidra
(insulin glulisine)

Janumet
(sitagliptin / metformin)

Coming soon.Lowers blood sugar. Janumet is an expensive but very effective combination of oral blood sugar-lowering medicines.
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Reviews for Apidra (insulin glulisine)
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Reviews for Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin)
46%
-54% worse vs. Apidra (insulin glulisine)
38%
-62% worse vs. Apidra (insulin glulisine)
15%
-15% worse vs. Apidra (insulin glulisine)
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Side effects
ApidraJanumet

We haven’t found good data for Apidra side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Apidra »
  • Diarrhea 4%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 1%
  • Headache 3%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Vomiting 2%
More Janumet side effects »
How it works
ApidraJanumet
Coming soon.Janumet is an antidiabetic combination medicine. Metformin lowers the amount of sugar your body produces, and sitagliptin helps your body release more insulin.
Type of medication
ApidraJanumet
Prescription only
Available as
ApidraJanumet
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
ApidraJanumet
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
ApidraJanumet
    Coming soon.
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Contrast dye for procedure
    • Surgery
    Detailed Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    ApidraJanumet
    No food related info.
    • Take it with food to avoid upset stomach with diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
    Kidneys and liver
    ApidraJanumet
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • People with poor kidney function can't use it.
    • Janumet (Sitagliptin / Metformin) can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use Janumet (Sitagliptin / Metformin). It may not be a good choice for people with kidney problems. Janumet (Sitagliptin / Metformin) should be stopped 48 hours before and/or after surgery or any imaging procedure needing contrast dye.
    Weight
    ApidraJanumet
    No weight related info.
    • Doesn't cause weight gain or low blood sugar.
    Upsides and benefits
    ApidraJanumet
    Coming soon
    • 2-in-1 combination medicine. If you need more than one blood sugar medicine, this lowers the number of pills you have to take.
    • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2.5%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
    • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
    • Doesn't cause weight gain or low blood sugar.
    • You don't have to check your blood sugar every day with this medicine.
    Downsides and risks
    ApidraJanumet
    Coming soon
    • Likely expensive since there's no generic version available.
    • The metformin part of Janumet can cause nausea, indigestion, or diarrhea for most people in the first few weeks.
    • People with poor kidney function can't use it.
    • The sitagliptin part of Janumet can cause some people to have frequent throat infections or nasal congestion.
    • Might raise the risk of problems with your pancreas.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ApidraJanumet
    Coming soon
    • Take it with food to avoid upset stomach with diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
    • May cause headaches and cold-like symptoms.
    • Tell your doctor about any deep or rapid breathing, or persistent nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
    • Can be expensive depending on insurance coverage.
    • Check your blood sugar regularly.
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