Compare Human Insulin vs. Janumet
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.
Janumet is a combination of two anti-diabetic medicines that work better together, but is available as brand only.
- Some types of this medication are available without a prescription.
- Available as a shot to be injected into the fatty part of the skin, and as a powder to be inhaled through your nose.
- Available in different combinations so that you can do one shot or multiple shots a day.
- This 2-in-1 combination can lower the number of pills you have to take daily.
- Lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2.5%.
- Available in extended and immediate release forms to allow better control of your blood sugar.
- Doesn't increase your appetite unlike other anti-diabetic medicines.
- Does not cause hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar.
- Has to be taken exactly as directed or it can cause high or low blood sugar.
- As with all insulins, you have to work with your doctor closely to make sure you're giving yourself the correct dose, or you can have low or high blood sugar.
- Available as brand name only and may be expensive.
- Metformin component usually causes upset stomach.
- Sitagliptin component may increase your risk for throat infections and inflammation of pancreas.
- Not appropriate for those with poor kidney function.
- Extended release
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- Low blood sugar16%
- Upper respiratory tract infection6%
- Abdominal pain2%
- Changes in blood sugar
- Changes in skin appearance
- Weight gain
- Excess lactic acid in the blood
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Using contrast dye for procedures
- Alcohol use
- Low vitamin B12 levels
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Serious allergic reactions