Compare Precose vs. Januvia

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

Precose
(Acarbose)

Januvia
(Sitagliptin)

Coming soon.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 Januvia (Sitagliptin)
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57% vs. Precose (Acarbose)
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66% vs. Precose (Acarbose)
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Side effects
PrecoseJanuvia

We haven’t found good data for Precose side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Precose »
  • Common cold 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Januvia side effects »
How it works
PrecoseJanuvia
Coming soon.Januvia (Sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug. It helps your body release more insulin in order to lower blood sugar.
Type of medication
PrecoseJanuvia
Coming soon.
Anti-diabetic
DPP-4 inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
PrecoseJanuvia
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
PrecoseJanuvia
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrecoseJanuvia
Coming soon.
      Detailed Januvia (Sitagliptin) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      PrecoseJanuvia
      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
      No specific weight-related info.
      • Unlike some diabetes medicines, it's unlikely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
      Upsides and benefits
      PrecoseJanuvia
      Coming soon.
      • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
      • Lowers A1c levels by 0.5-0.8%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
      • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
      • 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.
      Downsides and risks
      PrecoseJanuvia
      Coming soon.
      • 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
      PrecoseJanuvia
      Coming soon.
      • 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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