Compare Januvia vs. Nesina

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

Januvia
(Sitagliptin)

Nesina
(Alogliptin)

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 your blood sugar. alogliptin 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 Januvia (Sitagliptin)
43%
of people say Januvia (Sitagliptin) is worth it
34%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
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  • Common cold 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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How it works
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Januvia (Sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug. It helps your body release more insulin in order to lower blood sugar.alogliptin is an anti-diabetic drug. It improves your body's ability to use insulin to lower your blood sugar.
Type of medication
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Anti-diabetic
DPP-4 inhibitor
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
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          Pregnancy category
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          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
          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
          Alcohol
          No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
          Food
          No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
          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.
          No specific weight-related info.
          Upsides and benefits
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          • 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 around 1%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
          • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
          • Patients taking alogliptin had less cold symptoms than patients taking Januvia.
          • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
          • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
          Downsides and risks
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          • 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.
          • 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
          JanuviaNesina
          • Tell your doctor about persistent stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite.
          • Can cause headache and cold-like symptoms.
          • Can be expensive depending on insurance coverage.
          • Check your blood sugar regularly.
          • Tell your doctor about any mental confusion, persistent abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising.
          • Can cause headache and cold-like symptoms.
          • Can be expensive depending on insurance coverage.
          • Check your blood sugar regularly.
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