by on July 2, 2012
Brand Names:Janumet, Janumet XR
Generic name:metformin and sitagliptin
Pregnancy Category:C
Half-life:17 hours

What is Janumet?

Janumet is a name brand oral medication that contains a combination of the two generic medications metformin and sitagliptin (Januvia) and is used to control blood sugar levels.  Metformin works by decreasing the absorption of glucose by the intestines and by decreasing the liver’s glucose production. Sitagliptin works by regulating the levels of insulin produced by the body after eating. Janumet should be taken with meals; it may be beneficial to take and record your blood sugar levels throughout the day to share with your doctor. Certain medical conditions may require special tests or dosage adjustments to ensure you can safely take this medication.

Janumet Uses

Janumet is used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes; it works by regulating and lowering blood sugar levels. This medication should be taken exactly as prescribed and not in larger or smaller doses. You will have your blood sugar levels checked frequently by your doctor while taking this medication; you may also need additional tests to ensure the drug is not having an adverse effect on you. Janumet should be used in conjunction with a healthy living plan that allows you to closely monitor your weight, diet, and exercise. This drug should not be used to treat adults with type 1 diabetes.

janumetJanumet should be used in combination with a healthy living plan in individuals who are taking it. Closely monitoring your diet, weight, and exercise will help ensure that you are getting the maximum potential out of this medication. It is important to become familiar with the signs of low blood sugar which are; weakness, hunger, headache, irritability, tremor, sweating, or trouble concentrating. You should have a source of sugar available at all times to utilize in the case of low blood sugar; some good sugar sources include orange juice, candy, milk, or glucose gel.

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