Compare Apidra vs. Januvia

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Apidra
(insulin glulisine)

Januvia
(sitagliptin)

Coming soon.Lowers blood sugar. Januvia (Sitagliptin) is a good add-on treatment if your blood sugar is still too high, but you don't want to use an injectable medicine.
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Have you used Apidra (insulin glulisine)?
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Reviews for Januvia (sitagliptin)
44%
-56% worse vs. Apidra (insulin glulisine)
34%
-66% worse vs. Apidra (insulin glulisine)
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-17% worse vs. Apidra (insulin glulisine)
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Side effects
ApidraJanuvia

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

FDA side effect reports for Apidra »
  • Common cold 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Januvia side effects »
How it works
ApidraJanuvia
Coming soon.Januvia (Sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug. It helps your body release more insulin in order to lower blood sugar.
Type of medication
ApidraJanuvia
Prescription only
Available as
ApidraJanuvia
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
ApidraJanuvia
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
ApidraJanuvia
Coming soon.
      Detailed Januvia (sitagliptin) 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.

      Weight
      ApidraJanuvia
      No weight related info.
      • Unlike some diabetes medicines, it's unlikely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
      Upsides and benefits
      ApidraJanuvia
      Coming soon
      • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
      • Lowers A1c levels by 0.5-0.8%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
      • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
      • Uses the hormones naturally produced by your body to affect how sugar is processed.
      • Unlike some diabetes medicines, it's unlikely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
      • You don't have to check your blood sugar every day with this medicine.
      Downsides and risks
      ApidraJanuvia
      Coming soon
      • Not as strong as other diabetes medicines. Your doctor might add it to your blood sugar-lowering regimen if your sugar levels are still too high.
      • Likely expensive since there's no generic version available.
      • Some people might get frequent throat infections or nasal congestion.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      ApidraJanuvia
      Coming soon
      • Can cause headache and cold-like symptoms.
      • Tell your doctor about persistent stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite.
      • Can be expensive depending on insurance coverage.
      • Check your blood sugar regularly.
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