Januvia 25 mg
Januvia 25 mg is an oral medicine for diabetes. Its active ingredient is Sitagliptin, which is known to be extremely effective in treating type 2 diabetes by controlling the sugar level. Sitagliptin is an oral antihyperglycemic or anti-diabetic drug containing DPP-4 inhibitors (dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors) that lowers the blood sugar level.
Uses of Januvia
It is mostly recommended for type-2 diabetes mellitus, alone or in combination with other medicines that cure diabetes. It is not recommended to treat type-1 diabetes. This drug is either sold alone or in combination with Metformin or Thiazolidinediones (other antihyperglycemic agents).
Working of Januvia
The anti-diabetic agent works by lowering the high blood glucose (hyperglycemia). These are the drugs that increase the secretion of insulin and suppress the release of glucagon by the pancreas. This drives the blood glucose levels to normal levels. As soon as the blood glucose levels become normal, then the increased change in the insulin and glucagon stop and further prevents the hypoglycemia situation.
Januvia 25 mg tablet is manufactured by a well known pharmaceutical company.
Do not take Januvia if you:
Are allergic to Sitagliptin or any of the other ingredients present in the drug
Are pregnant or planning to do so
Have type-1 diabetes mellitus
Have diabetic ketoacidosis
Have serious infections
Have a severe kidney problem
How to take?
Swallow the tablet with one glass full of water. The drug should preferably be combined with meals if possible. This drug should be combined with well-balanced calorie controlled diet, rich in fruits and vegetables. Take this drug during the same time each day, this will make you sure that you don?t forget to take the medicine at the correct time.
For how long to use Januvia?
It is very important to take the drug exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Continue to take the medicine as long as the doctor recommends you that. Take the medicine about the same the time each day so as to remember when to take the drug. This medicine controls diabetes but does not cure it, hence it is needed to take it for a longer period of time. The doctor will suggest you about the duration you have to take the medicine.
Side effects of Januvia:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Soreness in the back of the nose
Low blood sugar
A headache and drowsiness
Fast heart rate
Dizziness and trouble concentrating
Unusual bleeding or bruising
In such cases, you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Common Drug interactions:
As the drug is associated with weight loss, ask your doctor about the intake of the cholesterol and diabetes drugs. Also consult your doctor about the following drugs such as:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Aspirin or other salicylates
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and may cause adverse effects. Also, tell him about the herbal or OTC medicine that you are taking or you have been taking. Never start a new medicine without the information of doctor.
What are the things to be taken care of?
Your blood sugar will need to be checked often
Do not consume alcohol
Try to involve in any kind of exercise and take a proper diet to keep a check on blood sugar level.
Keep a check on your body weight
Always keep a source of sugar available with you like a fruit or candy or gel.
Keep the drug readily available
Do not skip meals while taking this drug