What Is Januvia?
Januvia is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (type 2 diabetes). Januvia may be taken alone or along with certain other medicines to control blood sugar.
Januvia has not been studied in children under 18 years of age.
Januvia has not been studied with medicines known to cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylureas or insulin. Ask your healthcare professional if you are taking a sulfonylurea or other medicine that can cause low blood sugar.
Who Should Not Take Januvia?
You should not take Januvia if you have any of the following conditions:
What Are The Risks of Januvia?
The most common side effects that may occur with Januvia include:
Januvia may occasionally cause stomach discomfort and diarrhea.
Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effects that bothers you or that does not go away. Other side effects may occur when using Januvia. For more information, ask your healthcare professional.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Professional?
Before you start taking Januvia, tell your healthcare professional if you:
During periods of stress on the body, such as fever, trauma, infection or surgery, your medication needs may change; contact your doctor right away.
Can Other Medicines Or Food Affect Januvia?
Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.
How Should I Take Januvia?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose of Januvia.
If you take too much Januvia, call your healthcare professional or local Poison Control Center right away.
Source: Federal Drug Administration Patient Information Sheet
Last Editorial Review: 4/5/2007