Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate)
What is Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate) used for?
Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate) is given to patients who suffer from type 2 diabetes to help lower blood sugar levels. It belongs to a class of drugs known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, which work by increasing the amount of natural substances in the body, known as incretins. Incretins can help to increase the release of insulin, especially after meals, which in turn helps to control blood sugar. This drug should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes.
How should I use Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate)?
Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate) film coated tablets should be taken orally. Your physician may direct you to take one tablet per day. It can be taken with or without food. The exact dosage required varied, depending on the condition being treated, the patient's kidney function and response to treatment. Patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed, and never exceed the recommended dosage.
What are the side effects of Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate)?
Some side effects may occur as a result of taking Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate), such as:
This drug may also cause more serious side effects to occur. Consult your physician immediately if you notice symptoms of pancreatitis, such as pain in the stomach that spreads to the back, together with vomiting and a rapid heartbeat, or other symptoms, such as a fever, and severe blistering of the skin.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Januvia (Sitagliptin Phosphate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.