Januvia is a prescription drug that helps to control blood sugar levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called DPP-4 inhibitors that influence alpha and beta cells in the pancreas to help regulate glucose levels. Januvia should be taken as part of a lifestyle program that includes changes in diet, exercise, and weight loss if necessary.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Januvia.
Before taking Januvia, inform your doctor if you have:
Regular blood sugar monitoring is an important part of diabetes treatment. Low blood sugar can occur after skipping meals, strenuous exercise, or drinking alcohol. Learn to recognize signs of low blood sugar, including headache, sweating, weakness, confusion, and tremor. Carry sources of sugar such as glucose tablets or hard candy that can be used in case of low blood sugar.
Januvia is not meant to treat Type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
Some of the most common side effects of Januvia include:
More serious side effects include:
Can I take Januvia if I have Type 1 diabetes?
No. Januvia is specifically for patients with Type 2 diabetes, and should only be taken under the care of a doctor.
How long will I need to take Januvia?
Continue taking Januvia as directed by your doctor. Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise can help better control your diabetes, and may reduce the need to take Januvia.