What is Januvia used for?
Januvia, along with diet and exercise, is prescribed to manage high blood sugar for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Uncontrolled high blood sugar can cause blindness, kidney damage, nerve problems, loss of limb and sexual problems. You may also have a higher risk of stroke or heart attack.
Januvia works by promoting the production of incretins. These natural substances are created by the body to help produce insulin and manage blood sugar. They also reduce the amount of sugar created by your liver.
Januvia is taken orally as often as directed by your doctor. The typical dose is one tablet a day with or without meals. It is recommended that you take this everyday at a set time to ensure the best results.
In addition to the medication, your doctor or pharmacist may also recommend a diet and exercise plan. This is equally important to taking the drug properly. Do not stop taking Januvia once you feel better, Your symptoms may return if left untreated.
You may need to monitor your blood sugar to ensure they are within healthy limits. Provide your doctor with the result of blood tests so they will know whether the treatment plan is working or if adjustments need to be made.
Advise your doctor if you have shortness of breath or trouble breathing. These are not typical side effects and may indicate life threatening allergic reactions.
All orders from Sunshine Pharmacy are delivered in the manufacturer's packaging and include a medicine information sheet. We ask that you carefully read this information sheet and call us if you have any questions or do not understand the document.
Tell your doctor if you have a personal or family history of heart failure, kidney problems such as kidney disease, gallstones or symptoms of pancreatitis. Januvia may worsen these conditions or they may affect how the drug works.
Physical stresses such as injury, infections or surgery can affect your blood sugar levels. You may need to adjust your treatment plan if these conditions affect your blood sugar.
If your blood sugar is too low you may experience dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision. Avoid using machinery or driving until you know how treatment affects you.
Store at room temperature away from children and animals when not in use. This is not recommended for patients with type 1 diabetes. Your doctor may suggest alternate treatments for it.
There are potential known drug interactions associated with Januvia. You should disclose all of your current vitamins, supplements, OTC drugs, herbal products and all current prescription medicines. Our pharmacists will provide therapeutic screening for all orders against this supplied list.
Call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction or drug interaction.
We do not list all possible known side effects.You may experience a side effect that is not provided here. If you find that you are noticing severe side effects call your doctor or one of our pharmacists for counseling and medical advice.
Your doctor will normally balance the benefits of treatment versus any possible adverse reactions. Please call us and speak to the pharmacist if you have concerns about buying Januvia online.
- stuffy or runny nose
- slurred speech
- loss of consciousness
- loss of voice
- cool, pale skin
- difficulty with breathing
- blurred vision
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- ear congestion
- muscle aches
- increased hunger
- Body aches or pain
- sore throat
- stomach pain
- cold sweats
- fast heartbeat
- joint pain
There's currently no generic equivalent for januvia in Canada.
Frequently Asked Questions About Januvia
There is a known drug interaction between these drugs. It may not be safe to take them together. Generally speaking, it is not recommended to take 2 drugs that treat the same condition. If your doctor provides a combination of drugs to treat your symptoms, they have weighed that the benefit outweighs the potential risks.
While these are different drugs they treat the same condition and work similarly. That being said, they are likely not interchangeable in your treatment plan. Talk to your doctor if you prefer one drug to the other as they may explain the differences.
There are currently no studies that conclusively prove that Januvia affects weight loss. It is not prescribed for this and it is not listed as a side effect. You may lose weight during treatment but it should not be caused by the drug. Advise your doctor if you experience surprising weight loss while taking Januvia.
Right now there is currently no generic equivalent. Buying generic products is the main way to lower your prescription drug costs. If you find that Januvia is prohibitively expensive from Canada, your doctor may recommend other drugs that can treat your condition and you can search for them on the website.
It works equally well no matter what time you take it. The important thing is to ensure that you take it consistently every day.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended as supplementary information to that provided by your doctor. The guidance provided by your doctor supersedes any information provided on the website. Do not avoid or disregard any counseling from your licensed medical professional based on this information. If you have any medical questions that are not answered here, we do offer counseling from a licensed pharmacist.