Januvia - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Januvia: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Januvia?

Januvia is a medication prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This medication is prescribed along with a healthy diet and other medications to control blood sugar spikes. Regulating high blood sugar levels may prevent serious health complications. Based on your blood glucose levels, your doctor will determine the dosage of the medication. Taking Januvia in conjunction with a healthy diet and physical activity will help you live a healthy life. If you suspect you have diabetes, get a second opinion from a diabetes expert at Yashoda Hospitals.

What are the uses of Januvia?

Januvia falls under a category of medications called gliptins or dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. These medications focus on increasing the levels of incretins, the natural substances that increase insulin production. The increased amount of insulin prevents your body from releasing excess sugar into your bloodstream, thus lowering your overall blood sugar levels. Regulating your blood glucose levels can reduce the risk of serious health complications such as kidney damage and heart diseases.

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What are the side effects of Januvia?

You may experience side effects, such as headaches, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, sweating, fast heartbeats, weakness, confusion, headache, hunger and low blood sugar, if you use Januvia in combination with other medication such as insulin or sulfonylurea. Other side effects include the inflammation of the nose and throat, rashes, itching, swelling, stomach pain, back pain, fatigue, sudden weight gain and trouble breathing. If you notice any of these side effects, consult a medical expert at the nearest hospital. 



Frequently Asked Questions about Januvia

1. Is it better to take Januvia in the morning or at night?

You can take Januvia either in the morning or at night. Ideally, Januvia should be taken at the same time every day to avoid missing a dose. If you are unsure about what to do, consult your doctor for more information. If you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember.

2. What medications should not be taken with Januvia?

Medications such as beta-blockers, which are used to lower high blood pressure should not be taken along with Januvia. Do not take Januvia with alcohol, Digoxin or any medication that may lead to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels. Inform your doctor about your medications and supplements before you start taking Januvia.

3. Do you have to take Januvia with food?

No, you can take Januvia before or after your meal according to your suitability. Ensure you take the medication at the same time every day. If you experience an upset stomach, take Januvia with a small snack.

4. Can Januvia affect eyesight?Can Januvia affect eyesight?

No, Januvia by itself does not affect your eyesight but if Januvia is taken along with other diabetic medications such as insulin, the two medications together may lead to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels. Some of the symptoms of low blood sugar levels include dizziness, sweating and blurred vision.

5. Does Januvia make you urinate more?

No, Januvia does not make you urinate more as it is not a diuretic. Diuretics or water pills are medications that increase diuresis and therefore increase urine production. If you find yourself urinating often or have diabetes, consult your doctor for further information.

6. Is Januvia insulin?

No, Januvia is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor which helps to stabilise insulin levels and reduce the amount of glucose (blood sugar) produced by your body. The increased amount of insulin prevents your body from releasing excess sugar into your bloodstream.

7. Can you take Januvia and Metformin together?

Yes, you can take Januvia and Metformin together to improve blood sugar levels. However, do not take both medications without consulting a doctor on the correct dosage and instructions to avoid any harmful side effects.

8. Can Januvia cause liver damage?

Yes, studies suggest that liver damage may be a rare side effect of using Januvia. This phenomenon may occur in individuals with liver diseases. Consult a doctor for more information regarding the benefits and risks of Januvia before taking the medication.

9. Can Januvia cause joint and muscle damage?

Yes, research indicates that in rare cases, Januvia which falls under the category of drugs called DD4 inhibitors may cause severe joint pain in some individuals. If you experience joint pain, consult a medical expert at the nearest hospital.

10. Is Januvia safe for the kidneys?

A few users have reported kidney failure after taking Januvia. If you are suffering from kidney problems, you may face such issues because the kidneys may not allow Januvia to be excreted from your body. The increased amount of Januvia in the bloodstream may lead to adverse side effects.



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