Compare Januvia vs. Glyburide

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

Januvia
(Sitagliptin)

Diabeta
(Glyburide)

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.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).
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4.340579710144928Januvia
Reviews for Januvia (Sitagliptin)
43%
of people say Januvia (Sitagliptin) is worth it
34%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Diabeta (Glyburide)
46%
+3% vs. Januvia (Sitagliptin)
33%
1% vs. Januvia (Sitagliptin)
20%
3% vs. Januvia (Sitagliptin)
Side effects
JanuviaGlyburide
  • Common cold 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Januvia side effects »

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

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

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

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.
        • Avoid drinking alcohol.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.
        • Works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal, usually your first big meal of the day.
        • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        • Not a good choice for people with kidney problems because it's processed by the kidneys.
        Sex
        No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
        Weight
        • Unlike some diabetes medicines, it's unlikely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
        • Can cause mild weight gain (2 to 3 pounds).
        • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
        Upsides and benefits
        JanuviaGlyburide
        • 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.
        • 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.
        Downsides and risks
        JanuviaGlyburide
        • 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.
        • 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.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        JanuviaGlyburide
        • 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.
        • 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.
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