Januvia is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor which helps in the treatment of Type II Diabetes. It is helpful for patients who are unable to keep their sugar level in check despite following stringent diet plans and exercise routines. At times, other antidiabetic medicines are also prescribed along with Januvia to get better results. Januvia increases the insulin levels released in the blood, while reducing the sugar produced in the body.
Dosage and Directions
- Januvia should be consumed orally with or without food.
- Never discontinue the medication mid-course.
- Never miss any dose of Januvia.
- Follow the instructions of your doctor before starting this medicine.
Missed or Overdose
In case you miss a dose and realize it close to the time of your next dose, then you can resume your regular schedule. Never consume a double dose, or consume two doses within a short time gap, else it may trigger side effects. In case you notice any abnormal symptoms, then you should seek immediate medical assistance.
Januvia should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F. Never store it in moist places like bathroom. Keep it far from direct heat and light. Never keep it within the reach of children or pets.
Word of Warning
- As the active ingredient of Januvia is Sitagliptin, patients allergic to it should abstain from taking this medicine.
- It is not suitable for patients suffering from Type I Diabetes.
- Patents suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis should not consume this medicine.
- It is not suitable for pregnant or nursing females.
- Patients suffering from pancreatitis or kidney disorders should not consume this medicine.
- Inform your doctor of your complete medical history, along with the list of medicines or supplements that you are taking.
Januvia interacts with medicines like Digoxin or sulfonylureas and other medicines. Hence you need to update your doctor about any medicine, herbal or non-herbal that you are consuming.
- The medicine works better when combined with proper diet and exercise.
- Regularly monitor the blood sugar levels while consuming Januvia.
- Blood sugar levels may fluctuate during surgery, infections or injuries.
- Januvia does not lead to low blood sugar, however, combining it with other drugs may cause similar effects.
- Elders are more prone to the side effects of Januvia.
- It is not suitable for children below the age of 18.
Common side effects include loose motions, sore throat, vomiting sensations, infection in the upper respiratory tract, allergy, swelling of the limbs, inflammation in the pancreas, and so on.
In case you notice any abnormal symptom, you need to immediately get in touch with your doctor and seek medical assistance.