What is Januvia?
Januvia pills is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. It works by regulating the levels of insulin your body produces after eating.
Januvia is used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.Januvia is not for treating type 1 diabetes.
You should not use Januvia if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin).
Call your doctor if you have symptoms of heart failure–shortness of breath (even while lying down), swelling in your legs or feet, rapid weight gain.
How should I take Januvia?
Take Januvia exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.
You may take Januvia with or without food. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Your blood sugar may need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor’s office.
You may have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and feel very hungry, dizzy, irritable, confused, anxious, or shaky. To quickly treat hypoglycemia, eat or drink a fast-acting source of sugar (fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, raisins, or non-diet soda).
Also watch for signs of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) such as increased thirst or urination, blurred vision, headache, and tiredness.
Blood sugar levels can be affected by stress, illness, surgery, exercise, alcohol use, or skipping meals. Ask your doctor before changing your dose or medication schedule.
Januvia is only part of a complete treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, blood sugar testing, and special medical care. Follow your doctor’s instructions very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Januvia dosing information
Usual dose: 100 mg orally once a day
Comments: When used in combination with an insulin secretagogue (e.g. sulfonylurea) or insulin, a lower dose of the insulin secretagogue or insulin may be required to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia.
Use: As an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.