Compare Levemir vs. Januvia

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

Levemir
(insulin detemir)

Januvia
(sitagliptin)

Lowers blood sugar. Levemir is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.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.
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Coupons for Levemir
Best available price for 1 (5 flextouch pens of 3ml) carton of insulin detemir
Coupons for Januvia
Best available price for 30 (100mg) tablets of sitagliptin
Reviews & ratings
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4.39Levemir
Reviews for Levemir (insulin detemir)
45%
of people (All ages) say Levemir (insulin detemir) is worth it
35%
say it works well
22%
say it's a big hassle
130 reviews
Have you used Levemir (insulin detemir)?
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Reviews for Januvia (sitagliptin)
44%
-1% worse vs. Levemir (insulin detemir)
34%
-1% worse vs. Levemir (insulin detemir)
17%
+5% better vs. Levemir (insulin detemir)
143 reviews
Have you used Januvia (sitagliptin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
LevemirJanuvia
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 26%
  • Headache 23%
  • Sore throat 10%
  • Influenza-like illness 8%
  • Abdominal pain 6%
  • "stomach flu" 17%
  • Fever 10%
  • Cough 8%
  • Viral infection 7%
  • Nausea 7%
More Levemir side effects »
  • Common cold 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Upper respiratory infection 3%
  • Headache 1%
More Januvia side effects »
How it works
LevemirJanuvia
Levemir is a long-acting insulin medicine for diabetes. It acts like the insulin that your body normally makes to process sugars and fats, and it keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day.Januvia (sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug that enhances your body's release of insulin.
Type of medication
LevemirJanuvia
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
LevemirJanuvia
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
LevemirJanuvia
Risk factors for serious side effects
LevemirJanuvia
  • Insulin dose too high
  • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
  • Poor injection techniques
  • Unstable kidney functions
  • Unstable liver functions
Detailed Levemir (insulin detemir) risks & warnings »
  • History of pancreatitis
  • High blood triglyceride levels
  • Gallstones (stones in gallbladder)
  • History of alchoholism
  • Kidney problems
Detailed Januvia (sitagliptin) risks & warnings »
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
LevemirJanuvia
No food related info.
  • Take once a day in the morning with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
LevemirJanuvia
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
  • 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.
Pain
LevemirJanuvia
No pain related info.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you have severe stomach pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. These are symptoms of pancreatitis.
Weight
LevemirJanuvia
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • It is less likely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar compared to other diabetes medicines.
Upsides and benefits
LevemirJanuvia
  • Insulin is the most effective blood sugar-lowering medicine. When used correctly, it'll lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • Levemir is a long-lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day sugar control with less risk of low blood sugar.
  • Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body.
  • Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
LevemirJanuvia
  • You have to take insulin by injection.
  • You have to check your blood sugar every day.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LevemirJanuvia
  • Long-acting insulin good for baseline blood sugar control.
  • Works in 1 hour and lasts about 24 hours.
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • Make sure you and your family know the symptoms of low blood sugar: sweating, shakiness, weakness, fast heartbeat, nervousness, headache, blurry vision, trouble thinking clearly, or passing out.
  • Always have a good source of sugar nearby for low blood sugar episodes.
  • Take it at the same time every day.
  • Make sure you understand how to give yourself the injections.
  • Don't shake the vial or mix with another insulin. Store unopened vials in the refrigerator. Opened vials are good at room temperature for 28 days.
  • Check your blood sugar levels every day.
  • 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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