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Januvia Cost

In the United States, you can expect to pay over $600 a month for a Januvia prescription without insurance. If you purchase Januvia through a certified online Canadian pharmacy, you can save up to 90 percent through My Drug Center.

Januvia is one of the most popular type 2 diabetes drugs on the market. It was approved for use by the FDA in 2006 and has been frequently used in diabetes treatment since its inception. Because of its popularity, the cost of Januvia has remained high.

What is Januvia?

Januvia is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. It contains the active ingredient sitagliptin, and it works by regulating the levels of insulin your body produces. This type of medication is known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4). But how effective is Januvia?

In one study published in the National Library of Medicine, researchers examined the effectiveness of sitagliptin for type 2 diabetes patients. Studies show that patients who took Januvia had lowered A1C levels and a reduction in hypoglycemic events. A1C is a simple blood test that measures the average blood level over three months. Januvia was also found to be tolerated and effective in patients with mild kidney issues. If you have kidney issues, talk to your doctor before starting Januvia.

What is Januvia prescribed for?

Januvia is a medication that is commonly used to treat symptoms of type 2 diabetes.  When you have type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of the hormone called insulin, or it doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain normal glucose levels. Glucose is an important source of fuel for your body. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.

How does Januvia work?

Januvia (sitagliptin) increases the levels of incretins. Incretins are a natural substance within the body and help control blood sugar levels by regulating and increasing the release of insulin. It also signals the liver to stop producing glucose when there is too much sugar already in the blood. Incretin hormones are released by the intestine throughout the day in response to food.

Januvia Dosage

If you have type 2 diabetes, you may be prescribed Januvia based on your age, overall health, and prior medical conditions. Januvia cannot be used for type 1 diabetes or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. If you purchase Januvia online, you will typically find the following doses:

  • 100 mg
  • 25 mg
  • 50 mg

If you are prescribed Januvia, your body cannot process glucose correctly. In most cases, your doctor will start you off on 100 mg of Januvia. Your dosage may be adjusted over time to reach the right amount for you. Januvia is typically used long-term.

Januvia 50 mg

Januvia 50 mg is used to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients. If you are prescribed 50 mg of Januvia, it should be taken along with a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine. Januvia interacts directly with the kidneys, so if you have a history of kidney issues, you may be prescribed 50 mg instead of 100 mg.

Januvia 100 mg

100 mg Januvia is typically the first dosage prescribed for type 2 diabetes patients. This medication will increase the presence of incretins in the body. Incretins control blood sugar and increase insulin release after you eat something. Januvia also decreases the amount of sugar produced by the liver. If you experience low blood sugar while taking Januvia 100 mg, your dosage may be lowered.

Januvia Side Effects

The common side effects of Januvia may include:

  • Cold symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Back pain

More serious side effects may include:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Severe blistering
  • Peeling
  • Red skin rash

If any side effects become unmanageable, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in additional treatment. For any serious side effects, speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.

How to take Januvia

Before taking your prescribed medication, read all the instructions and paperwork given to you by your pharmacist. Take Januvia orally once a day. Make sure you take Januvia at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself. Januvia should be taken on a regular basis for optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose without talking to your doctor.

You may take Januvia with or without food. Your blood sugar may need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office.

For the best results, you should use this medication in addition to diet and exercise. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you may naturally help control blood sugar levels. For some people, type 2 diabetes can be reversed.

What to know before taking Januvia

Januvia (Sitagliptin) may contain medical and non-medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Before taking Januvia, speak with your doctor about any known allergies and medical conditions relating to kidney disease, heart failure, disease of the pancreas, or gallstones. Januvia may not work as well when you use other medications at the same time because they may affect blood sugar levels. Over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products may cause interactions with Januvia. Not all interactions are listed here, so tell your doctor about all medications or supplements you use to avoid potential interactions with Januvia.

While taking Januvia, you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and cannabis can exasperate the side effects of Januvia. Additionally, you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Januvia.

Controlling your blood sugar levels can become more challenging under stress. Speak with your doctor if you are unable to avoid or control stress. They may be able to provide helpful relaxation techniques or exercises.

Januvia Generic

There is no generic version of Januvia, which is one reason why this drug is more expensive. Many people prefer Januvia because it has few side effects for most patients and can help lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Brand-name medications like Januvia are more expensive than generic alternatives. When a drug first comes on the market, the brand name version is the only one available for a specific length of time. The drug manufacturer has an exclusive patent, and after a certain amount of years (typically 10-20 years), a drug will be allowed generic versions. Januvia was approved in 2006, so the patent is expected to extend until 2026. Until then, only the brand name will be available at your local pharmacy.

Januvia Generic Name

There is no generic available for Januvia, but the generic version of Januvia will likely be called sitagliptin. Generic medications are usually named after the active ingredient. Generic medications are typically much less expensive than their brand-name counterparts because the expensive clinical trials are complete. Some patients may try to fill their prescriptions through cheaper pharmacies like Costco, but you can save even more through a certified online pharmacy.

My Drug Center fulfills Januvia prescriptions from suppliers around the world that are not affected by the pharmaceutical manipulation of the United States. You can have Januvia shipped straight to your door and completely avoid pharmacies using an online Canadian pharmacy. If you have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and your doctor recommends Januvia, visit My Drug Center today to save time and money.

FAQs

What is Januvia used for?

Januvia is used either alone or with other medications to help lower blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes.

Why is Januvia so expensive?

Januvia is considered an expensive medication in the United States; however, in other countries around the world, Januvia is much less expensive. You can purchase Januvia with a valid prescription at an affordable price at our certified online Canadian Pharmacy.

How long does it take for Januvia to work?

A noticeable improvement in blood sugar will likely be present following the first week of treatment.

How much does Januvia cost?

Januvia has a high retail cost and is an expensive medication in the United States, even for those with insurance plans. Without insurance, you can expect to pay over $600 for a 30-day supply. We ensure affordable prices for our customers on the same brand name medication at our certified online Canadian Pharmacy.

When is the best time to take Januvia?

It is best to take Januvia exactly the way your doctor has prescribed it to you. Typically, there is no specific time that Januvia should be taken, but it is recommended to take your dose at the same time each day.

How long does Januvia stay in your system?

With a half-life of roughly 12.5 hours, Januvia will stay in your system for about 62 hours, which is just short of 3 days.

How does Januvia work with metformin?

Metformin works by reducing the amount of sugar your liver produces and dispenses into the bloodstream while also regulating the use of insulin in the body. Januvia will also help with regulating insulin, specifically the insulin produced after eating a meal. Both medications may be used at the same time for the treatment of high blood sugar. Using these two medications together can benefit your diabetes treatment plan.

What is the best way to store Januvia?

It is best to store your Januvia medication in the tightly closed container it comes in. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Because of this, you will want to keep Januvia out of your bathroom and out of reach of others.