Januvia Medication for Type 2 Diabetes
Januvia is another kind of diabetes medication. It’s a daily pill that – along with good diet and exercise – helps lower blood sugar levels for adults with type 2 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes are not recommended to take Januvia medication.
HOW DOES JANUVIA WORK?
Januvia lowers blood sugar level in 2 ways:
Increase the insulin made in the pancreas
Decrease the sugar made in the liver
HOW TO TAKE JANUVIA?
Your physician may prescribe Januvia along with other form of diabetes medication or by itself. The best way to take Januvia is, of course, as exactly what your doctor tells you. Usually, the recommended dose of Januvia for adults with type 2 diabetes is:
One 100 mg pill
Once a day, at anytime
Taken oral, with or without food
JANUVIA SIDE EFFECTS
Serious side effects may occur to people taking Januvia, including pancreatitis, which may lead to death. You should tell your doctor if you ever had any problems with your pancreas, stones in your gallbladder, a history of alcoholism, or high blood triglyceride levels before taking this drug. Other side effects of Januvia are:
- Upper respiratory infection
- Runny nose and soar throat
- Stomach upset and diarrhea
- Hands or legs swelling (when combined with metformin)
- Elevated liver enzymes
JANUVIA AND HYPOGLYCEMIA
Januvia stops working before your blood sugar level gets too low, so it won’t get you hypoglycemia unless it’s taken along with sulfonylurea. Always tell your doctor if you already take sulfonylurea.
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