Compare Januvia vs. Precose

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

Januvia
(sitagliptin)

Precose
(acarbose)

Lowers your blood sugar. Januvia (sitagliptin) is a good add-on treatment if your blood sugars are not controlled and you don't want to use an injectable medicine.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 30 (100mg) tablets of januvia
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Best available price for 90 (25mg) tablets of acarbose
Reviews & ratings
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4.34Januvia
Reviews for Januvia
44%
of people (All ages) say Januvia is worth it
34%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
143 reviews
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Side effects
JanuviaPrecose
  • Common cold 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Upper respiratory infection 3%
  • Headache 1%
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How it works
JanuviaPrecose
Januvia (sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug that enhances your body's release of insulin.Coming soon.
Type of medication
JanuviaPrecose
Prescription only
Available as
JanuviaPrecose
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
JanuviaPrecose
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
JanuviaPrecose
  • History of pancreatitis
  • High blood triglyceride levels
  • Gallstones (stones in gallbladder)
  • History of alchoholism
  • Kidney problems
Detailed Januvia (sitagliptin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

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

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

    Food
    JanuviaPrecose
    • Take once a day in the morning with or without food.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    JanuviaPrecose
    • Januvia (sitagliptin) can worsen kidney problems. Your doctor may check your kidney function before and during treatment. Your doctor may have to adjust the dose or stop this medicine based on changes in kidney function.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    JanuviaPrecose
    • Tell your doctor right away if you have severe stomach pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. These are symptoms of pancreatitis.
    No pain related info.
    Weight
    JanuviaPrecose
    • It is less likely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar compared to other diabetes medicines.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    JanuviaPrecose
    • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
    • Januvia (sitagliptin) is not linked to worsening heart failure like other medicines in its class.
    • Uses the hormones naturally produced by your body to affect how sugar is processed.
    • It is less likely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar compared to other diabetes medicines.
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    Downsides and risks
    JanuviaPrecose
    • Lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) by less than 1%.
    • Available as brand version only.
    • Some people might get frequent cold-like symptoms.
    • Rare but serious side effects include pancreatitis and severe joint pain.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    JanuviaPrecose
    • Take once a day in the morning with or without food.
    • Can cause headache and cold-like symptoms.
    • Tell your doctor right away if you have severe stomach pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. These are symptoms of pancreatitis.
    • Tell your doctor right away if you are experiencing severe joint pain.
    • Check your blood sugar regularly to check for low blood sugar.
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