Compare Glyburide vs. Januvia

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

Diabeta
(Glyburide)

Januvia
(Sitagliptin)

Lowers blood sugar. Glyburide is a very effective oral blood sugar-lowering medicine, but has more side effects and restrictions compared to other medicines in this class (sulfonylureas).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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Reviews for Diabeta (Glyburide)
46%
of people (All ages) say Diabeta (Glyburide) is worth it
33%
say it works well
20%
say it's a big hassle
109 reviews
Have you used Diabeta (Glyburide)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Januvia (Sitagliptin)
43%
3% vs. Diabeta (Glyburide)
34%
+1% vs. Diabeta (Glyburide)
17%
+3% vs. Diabeta (Glyburide)
138 reviews
Have you used Januvia (Sitagliptin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
GlyburideJanuvia

The Glyburide FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Glyburide side effects »
  • Common cold 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Januvia side effects »
How it works
GlyburideJanuvia
Glyburide is an anti-diabetic drug. It stimulates your body to make more insulin to lower blood sugar.Januvia (Sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug. It helps your body release more insulin in order to lower blood sugar.
Type of medication
GlyburideJanuvia
Anti-diabetic
Sulfonylurea
Prescription only
Anti-diabetic
DPP-4 inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
GlyburideJanuvia
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
GlyburideJanuvia
Risk factors for serious side effects
GlyburideJanuvia
    • Elderly
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Alcohol
    • Intense physical activity
    • History of sulfa allergies
    Detailed Diabeta (Glyburide) risks & warnings »
        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.

        Alcohol
        GlyburideJanuvia
        • Avoid drinking alcohol.
        No alcohol related info.
        Food
        GlyburideJanuvia
        • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
        No food related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        GlyburideJanuvia
        • Not a good choice for people with kidney problems because it's processed by the kidneys.
        No kidneys and liver related info.
        Weight
        GlyburideJanuvia
        • Can cause mild weight gain (2 to 3 pounds).
        • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
        • Unlike some diabetes medicines, it's unlikely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
        Upsides and benefits
        GlyburideJanuvia
        • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
        • One of the least expensive diabetes medicines.
        • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
        • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
        • Lowers A1c levels by 0.5-0.8%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
        • 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.
        • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
        • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
        Downsides and risks
        GlyburideJanuvia
        • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of oral diabetes medicines.
        • You have to check your blood sugar 2 to 5 times a week (less often once you are on a stable dose).
        • Can cause mild weight gain (2 to 3 pounds).
        • Not preferred for people 65 years or older since it can cause prolonged low blood sugar (more than 12 hours).
        • Not a good choice for people with kidney problems because it's processed by the kidneys.
        • Loses effectiveness over time or as your body stops making insulin.
        • 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
        GlyburideJanuvia
        • Works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal, usually your first big meal of the day.
        • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
        • Avoid drinking alcohol.
        • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
        • Check your blood sugar regularly.
        • 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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        More about GlyburideSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
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