Compare Precose vs. Januvia

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

Precose
(acarbose)

Januvia
(sitagliptin)

Coming soon.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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Have you used Precose (acarbose)?
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Reviews for Januvia
44%
+56% better vs. Precose
34%
+66% better vs. Precose
17%
+17% better vs. Precose
143 reviews
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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%
  • Upper respiratory infection 3%
  • Headache 1%
More Januvia side effects »
How it works
PrecoseJanuvia
Coming soon.Januvia (sitagliptin) is an anti-diabetic drug that enhances your body's release of insulin.
Type of medication
PrecoseJanuvia
Prescription only
Available as
PrecoseJanuvia
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
PrecoseJanuvia
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrecoseJanuvia
    Coming soon.
    • 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
    PrecoseJanuvia
    No food related info.
    • Take once a day in the morning with or without food.
    Kidneys and liver
    PrecoseJanuvia
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • 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
    PrecoseJanuvia
    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
    PrecoseJanuvia
    No weight related info.
    • It is less likely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar compared to other diabetes medicines.
    Upsides and benefits
    PrecoseJanuvia
    Coming soon
    • 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
    PrecoseJanuvia
    Coming soon
    • 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
    PrecoseJanuvia
    Coming soon
    • 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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