What is Janumet used for?
Janumet (sitagliptin and metformin HCL) is a combination drug used to manage high blood sugar (hypoglycemia) for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes that include diet and exercise are necessary to get the most benefit and properly manage symptoms.
Janumet works by increasing incretins levels in the body which manages insulin production and decreases the amount of sugar produced in the liver.
Frequently Asked Questions About Janumet
Janumet is usually taken by mouth twice a day with meals and drink a lot of water. Before taking Janumet, carefully read the product information leaflet and contact your doctor or pharmacist if the instructions are unclear.
Your dose depends on your conditions and the results of treatment. Janumet needs to be taken regularly to get the most benefit from it. If you miss a dose you can take it when you remember. If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the next dose and continue with your schedule.
Do not stop taking Janumet once you feel better, symptoms can return if treatment is ended prematurely. Inform your health care professional if you notice symptoms of low blood, symptoms of pancreatitis or symptoms of heart failure.
The following drugs are known to interact with Janumet. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- Methylene Blue
- Iocarmic Acid
- Ethiodized Oil
- Bitter Melon
Janumet Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Janumet, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Janumet to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- stuffy or runny nose and upper respiratory tract infection
- cold sweats
- excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- yellow eyes or skin
- lack or loss of strength
- Bloated or feeling of fullness
- blurred vision
- stomach discomfort
- muscle pain or cramping
- sore throat
- mental cloudiness
- loss of consciousness
- increased hunger
- red skin lesions, often with a purple center
- darkened urine
- not thinking clearly
- cool, pale skin
- fast, shallow breathing
- slurred speech
- passing gas
- fast heartbeat
- general feeling of discomfort
- pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
- severe joint pain
- Decreased appetite
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- hives or welts, itching, or skin rash
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- loss of appetite
- muscle aches and signs of lactic acidosis
- breakdown of the outer layer of your skin (erosion)
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.