Januvia (Sitagliptin) belongs to the group of diabetes medications called DPP-4 inhibitors. It works by increasing the amount of incretin released by the intestine. Incretin is a hormone that raises insulin levels when blood sugar is high and decreases the amount of sugar made by the body. Januvia is people with type 2 diabetes. Sitagliptin is used alone or in combination with other medications to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. This medication should be used as part of an overall diabetes management plan that includes a diet and exercise program.
We currently have the brand from India and Turkey. It may come from other countries around the world. The generic version of Januvia is currently available in the market, is also called Zita made by Gilenmark in India. Januvia comes in tablet form and strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
• Little or no urinating;
• Pancreatitis - severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, loss of
appetite, fast heart rate;
• Severe skin reaction – fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin
pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling;
• Swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath
Less serious side effects include:
• Headache, back pain, joint or muscle pain;
• Nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation;
• Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat
Do not use Januvia if you are allergic to Sitagliptin, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis. Januvia can cause pancreatitis. Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, and loss of appetite. Januvia is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is unknown whether sitagliptin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Inform your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give Januvia to anyone under 18 years old without medication advice. There may be an interaction between sitagliptin and somatropin. Speak to your doctor if you are taking this medication.