Januvia is often taken by patients with a suitable exercise and diet program (sometimes, with other meds) to control their high blood sugar levels. This medicine is designed for people who have type 2 diabetes. Controlling their blood sugar level helps users prevent such serious health problems as:
Loss of limbs;
Sexual function issues.
Effective control of diabetes also reduces a risk of having strokes and heart attacks.
How to Use Januvia Correctly
Januvia is an anti-diabetic medication that works by increasing the level of incretins in the human body. This natural substance helps people control their blood sugar by improving their insulin release, especially after regular meals. It also reduces the amount of sugar produced by the liver.
You need to read special medication guide given by doctors before you start the intake of Januvia. This drug is often taken orally, both with and without food, and most patients use it only once a day. Regular doses are based on their medical condition, personal response to this treatment and kidney function. It’s advisable to take this medicine regularly to get its greatest benefit. Follow the necessary treatment plan, including regular exercises and meals. Check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis and keep track of your results. If blood sugar measurements are either too low or too high, your dose and treatment should be changed.
Possible Side Effects
Most people who take Januvia don’t have any unpleasant side effects. Although this medicine usually doesn’t cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels, it may happen if this drug is taken with other anti-diabetic pills. There are certain symptoms of low blood sugar levels, including:
Shaking and hunger;
Sudden sweating and fast heartbeat;
Dizziness and blurred vision;
Tingling of feet and hands.
Low blood sugar levels are more likely if you drink a lot of alcohol, don’t consume enough calories from meals and do heavy exercises. To prevent this condition, don’t skip regular meals. If you have hyperglycemia or high blood sugar levels, you experience the following symptoms:
Increased urination and thirst;
Drowsiness and confusion;
Flushing and fruity breath odor;
Inform your doctor about any serious Januvia adverse reactions, such as:
Signs of kidney issues and joint pain;
Persistent vomiting and nausea;
Severe stomach pain and loss of appetite;
Allergic reactions and unusual skin blisters.
Before you start taking Januvia, tell doctors if you have any allergies or other serious health conditions, like gallstones, pancreatitis, kidney disease and others. It’s possible to experience dizziness, blurred vision and drowsiness because of extremely high or low blood sugar levels, so don’t drive or do other things that require your full alertness. Don’t take Januvia with beta-blockers and some other meds because of possible drug interactions.