| Januvia 50
| Merck & Co.
What is Januvia 50?
Januvia works by reducing the amount of glucagon and increasing the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar levels. The active ingredient sitagliptin is considered a dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitor type of medication. Controlling high blood sugar levels can help prevent sexual function problems, loss of limbs, nerve problems, vision problems and kidney damage. Proper control of diabetes can help lessen the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
How is Januvia 50 used?
Januvia should only be taken as directed by a doctor, usually once per day. The tablets can be taken orally with or without food but should be taken with some fluids. Dosage and length of treatment will depend on the patient's condition and their response to the therapy, contact a doctor for the correct dosage. Your doctor may request regular blood sugar level check ups as dosage may need to be changed periodically.
Januvia may cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Excess gas
- Loss of appetite
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Upper respiratory tract infection
The medication should be used to treat type 2 diabetes but not type 1 diabetes.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Januvia 50 is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.