Januvia 50mg Tablet

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Introduction

Januvia 50mg Tablet is a medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is used together with a healthy diet and regular exercise to control blood sugar levels. This helps to prevent serious complications of diabetes like kidney damage and blindness.

Januvia 50mg Tablet is normally prescribed when diet and exercise alone or other medicines do not prove sufficient to control your blood sugar level. Your doctor may prescribe it alone or along with other diabetes medicines. It may be taken on an empty stomach or with a meal. The dose will depend on your condition, and blood sugar levels. Therefore, you should use it as advised by your doctor.

You should take it regularly at the same time each day to get the most benefit, and you should not stop unless your doctor recommends it. This medicine is helping you to control your blood sugar levels and prevent serious complications in the future. It is important to stay on the diet and exercise program recommended by your doctor while taking this medicine. Your lifestyle plays a big part in controlling diabetes.

The most common side effect of taking this medicine is a headache. This is usually minor and improves with time. Low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) is a possible side effect if you are also taking other diabetes medicines like insulin or sulfonylurea, so you need to know how to recognize and deal with it. It may also cause upper respiratory tract infections like sore throat, cough, and cold. Contact your doctor if the side effects worry you or if they do not go away.

Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you have ever had kidney disease, heart or pancreas problems, or if you drink a lot of alcohol. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking it. Some other medicines you are taking may interfere with this medicine's working. So, make sure your doctor knows about all the other medicines you are using. Limit your alcohol intake while taking this medicine because it can increase your risk of developing low blood sugar levels. You may need regular tests such as kidney function and blood glucose levels to check that the medicine is working properly.

Uses of Januvia Tablet

Benefits of Januvia Tablet

In Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Januvia 50mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called DPP-4 inhibitors (or gliptins). It works by helping to increase the amount of insulin your body produces after a meal and to stop your body from releasing too much glucose (sugar) into your blood. The effect is to lower blood glucose levels. This medicine is usually taken once a day, has relatively few common side effects, and does not usually make you put on weight.

Lowering blood glucose levels is an essential part of managing diabetes. If you can control the level you will reduce the risk of getting any of the serious complications of diabetes such as kidney damage, eye damage, nerve problems, and loss of limbs. Proper control of diabetes can also reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Taking this medicine regularly along with a proper program of diet and exercise will help you live a normal, healthy life. You should keep using it for as long as it is prescribed because it is protecting your future health.

Side effects of Januvia Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Januvia

  • Headache
  • Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages)

How to use Januvia Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Januvia 50mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Januvia Tablet works

Januvia 50mg Tablet is an antidiabetic medication. It works by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas and decreasing the hormones that raise blood sugar levels. This reduces the fasting and postmeal sugar levels.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Januvia 50mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Januvia 50mg Tablet is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Januvia 50mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
CAUTION
Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is too low or too high. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Januvia 50mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Januvia 50mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Januvia 50mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Januvia 50mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Januvia Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Januvia 50mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

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Quick Tips

  • Januvia 50mg Tablet should be taken at the same time every day since this helps you remember to take it.
  • It may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal.
  • Always carry some sugary food or fruit juice with you in case you experience hypoglycemia symptoms such as cold sweats, cool pale skin, tremor and anxiety.
  • Be careful while driving or operating machinery until you know how Januvia 50mg Tablet affects you.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice joint pains or develop symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Pyrazine-derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI DIABETIC
Action Class
DPP-4 inhibitors

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Januvia with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Amiur
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Becoride, Rhinase, Bevent
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Densol, Catrisol, Betaforte
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Brand(s): Chlornol
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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Which medicine I can take instead of Januvia 100. It is very costly tablet.
Dr. Ashwin Porwal
Internal Medicine
januvia is nowhere written in the prescription
Alopathic medicine JANUVIA can be replaced by Right Suger Tablet
Dr. Ashwin Porwal
Internal Medicine
right sugar tablet is not an allopathic medicine.so it can't replace januvia
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FAQs

Q. Does Januvia 50mg Tablet cause weight gain?

No, Januvia 50mg Tablet is not known to cause weight gain by itself. However, keeping a healthy weight is an important part of managing diabetes. Consult your doctor if you experience weight gain while taking Januvia 50mg Tablet.

Q. Is Januvia 50mg Tablet bad for your kidneys?

No, Januvia 50mg Tablet is not bad for your kidneys if your kidney function is normal. However, it is important to inform your doctor if you have, or ever had, any kidney problems. If you have kidney problems, you may need dose modification.

Q. Do I still have to manage my diet and exercise while on Januvia 50mg Tablet?

Yes, it is important to manage your diet and exercise while taking Januvia 50mg Tablet. In addition to medicine, making healthy food choices and being physically active are also important to effectively manage blood sugar levels. You may consult a dietitian and follow a diet chart that suits you best. A well-balanced diet is one part of a healthy lifestyle for people with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, thirty minutes of exercise such as a brisk walk is recommended.

Q. Can my blood sugar levels go too low on Januvia 50mg Tablet?

Yes, it is possible that your blood sugar levels may become very low (hypoglycemia). The chances are higher if you are on any other antidiabetic medicine or insulin along with Januvia 50mg Tablet. Additionally, blood sugar levels can take a huge dip if you skip meals, exercise more than usual, or if you have taken an overdose of Januvia 50mg Tablet. If you experience a sudden fall in your sugar levels, inform your doctor. The doctor may suggest dose modification to prevent your blood sugar levels from decreasing significantly (hypoglycemia). Follow your doctor’s advice and monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.

Q. What will happen if I accidentally take more than the prescribed dose of Januvia 50mg Tablet?

If you have accidentally taken more than the prescribed dose of Januvia 50mg Tablet, your blood sugar levels may become too low (hypoglycemia). This hypoglycemia may be mild or severe. Monitor your blood sugar levels more frequently for the next 24 hours. Mild episodes of hypoglycemia (with symptoms like anxiety, sweating, weakness, tremors, fast heartbeat) can usually be corrected with the help of sugary foods such as sugar or glucose candy, fruit juice and glucose/glucon-D. However, it is important to consult your doctor to decide the further course of treatment. More severe episodes of hypoglycemia may even lead to a seizure (fit) or unconsciousness. This can be life-threatening and immediate medical help may be required.

Q. What if I miss a dose of Januvia 50mg Tablet?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If in case 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 two doses of Januvia 50mg Tablet at the same time.

Q. Is Januvia 50mg Tablet safe to be taken for a long term?

Yes, it is safe to take Januvia 50mg Tablet for a long time. Its long-term use, which can continue for months, years or even lifelong, has not shown any harmful effects. Keep taking Januvia 50mg Tablet as long as your doctor recommends it. Remember, Januvia 50mg Tablet only helps to keep your blood sugar levels under control but does not cure your diabetes.

Q. How long do I need to take Januvia 50mg Tablet?

Januvia 50mg Tablet only helps to manage your blood sugar levels but does not cure your diabetes. Keep taking Januvia 50mg Tablet as long as your doctor recommends it. You may have to take it lifelong. It is important to keep your blood sugar levels under control as any fluctuations in your blood sugar levels may cause serious problems. Therefore, do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor.

Q. What is the most important information I should know about Januvia 50mg Tablet?

Januvia 50mg Tablet is safe to use if taken in the dose and duration prescribed by the doctor. However, in rare cases, some serious side effects can also be observed. In some people, Januvia 50mg Tablet may cause inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) which could be severe and can even lead to death. If you experience severe and persistent pain in your stomach area (abdomen), stop the medication and immediately contact your doctor. Januvia 50mg Tablet can also cause heart failure. This means the heart is not able to pump blood well enough, therefore, inform your doctor if you have or ever had heart problems before you start taking Januvia 50mg Tablet. In addition to that, problems related to kidneys should also be discussed with the doctor.

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