Compare Apidra vs. Janumet

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Controls blood sugar.

Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an insulin that controls blood sugar during your meals, but you'll still have to follow your doctor's diet and exercise plan.

Lowers your blood sugar.

Janumet is a combination of two anti-diabetic medicines that work better together, but is available as brand only.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 79 reviewsforJanumet
Upsides
  • Apidra (insulin glulisine) starts working in as soon as 15 minutes.
  • Programs are available to lower your copay. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Can be used in people over 65 and children 4 years of age and older.
  • This 2-in-1 combination can lower the number of pills you have to take daily.
  • Lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2.5%.
  • Available in extended and immediate release forms to allow better control of your blood sugar.
  • Doesn't increase your appetite unlike other anti-diabetic medicines.
  • Does not cause hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar.
Downsides
  • Your doctor might have to check your kidneys and liver regularly if you've had kidney or liver problems in the past.
  • Since Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an injectable, it might not be a good treatment option for people who are afraid of needles.
  • Only available as a brand name, so Apidra (insulin glulisine) can be expensive.
  • Available as brand name only and may be expensive.
  • Metformin component usually causes upset stomach.
  • Sitagliptin component may increase your risk for throat infections and inflammation of pancreas.
  • Not appropriate for those with poor kidney function.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Price
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Reviews
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46%
saidit'sworth it
38%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
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The Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Sharing of pen and needles
  • Low blood sugar
    • Changes in diet and exercise
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking other medications for diabetes
    • Over age 65
    • Liver or kidney problems
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Low blood potassium levels
    • Taking laxatives
    • Taking medications that increase urination
  • Mixing of insulins
  • Fluid buildup
    • Taking Avandia or Actos
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  • Excess lactic acid in the blood
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Using contrast dye for procedures
    • Surgery
    • Alcohol use
  • Low vitamin B12 levels
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Serious allergic reactions
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