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Januvia

(Sitagliptin)

Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
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Lowers blood sugar.

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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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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.

What to expect when you take Januvia (Sitagliptin) for Improves blood sugar levels

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Side effect rates for Januvia (Sitagliptin)

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  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Risks and Warnings for Januvia (Sitagliptin)

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  • Januvia (Sitagliptin) can cause a sudden swelling of the pancreas. This can be life-threatening if not treated. Let your doctor know about any stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite that don't go away.

Common concerns from people taking Januvia (Sitagliptin)

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  • Unlike some diabetes medicines, it's unlikely to cause weight gain and low blood sugar.