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What is Januvia prescribed for?
Januvia is a medication that is commonly used to help treat a chronic condition called 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 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. Januvia (Sitagliptin) increases the levels of incretins. Incretins are a natural substance within the body and helps 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 (Sitagliptin) is available for online purchase at My Drug Center in 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg tablets. Januvia may be used in combination with other diabetes medications and should be used in addition to diet and exercise to control blood glucose levels.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions and paper work that 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 and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. Januvia should taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose.
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 it may naturally help control blood sugar levels.
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, gallstones. Januvia may not work as well when you use other medications at the same time because other drugs can also affect blood sugar levels. This includes prescription, and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here, tell your doctor about all medications or supplementation you use to avoid 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 these side effects. 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.
The common side effects of Januvia may include cold symptoms, diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain that may also spread to the back.
More serious side effects may include: pancreatitis, severe blistering, peeling and 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.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stopping taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: Other factors like diet and exercise can influence how effective the medication is. It can take time to see results, be sure to take the medication regularly to see the best results. Stick to any lifestyle changes you have made to help control your blood sugar levels.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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