Conditions Treated by Januvia
Januvia is used to treat diabetes mellitus and it works by inhibiting dipeptidyl peptidase-4, an enzyme that is responsible for breaking down certain hormones that are released when a meal is consumed. When the enzyme is prevented from performing its function the hormones reduce the problems associated with diabetes. By consuming Januvia you can maintain your blood sugar levels without worrying about them becoming too low or too high after a meal.
Januvia Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
It is very important to stick to the prescription that is given to you. You should only consume the amount of tablets that your doctor advises. Continue to consume the tablets only for as long as your doctor has recommended. You can either eat food before or after you take the tablet, it does not make a difference. You should store your Januvia tablets in a cool and dry place so that they do not get damaged over time.
You will need to go in for frequent checks so that your doctor can monitor your blood sugar levels. Make sure that you attend all the scheduled appointments so that your doctor can make sure that Januvia is working for you.
It is important to remember that your blood sugar can drop severely if you exercise for too long, drink alcohol or go through any stress. Similarly, if you skip a meal your blood sugar levels will decrease very quickly. You should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of hypoglycemia, i.e. low blood sugar, so that you can treat yourself no matter where you are. Keep glucose gel, candy or orange juice, for example, with you at all times so that you can stabilize your blood sugar even if you don’t have access to medical help.
To see the best results you should use Januvia continuously. Make sure you have a steady supply with you, especially when traveling.
b.) Missing a Dose
If you have missed a dose it is possible to take the tablet a little later. However, if it is already time for your next dose then you should not take two tablets to make up for the one you missed. This could lead to an excess of medicine and may compromise your health. Simply take one tablet and forget about the one you missed.
If you think you may have overdosed on Januvia then you should rush to the hospital for medical assistance. The symptoms of an overdose include seizures, stomach pain, blurred vision and extreme weakness so if you notice any of these you should get medical help immediately.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using Sitagliptin 25mg and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take Sitagliptin 25mg by mouth with or without food, as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, kidney function, and response to treatment. Take Sitagliptin 25mg regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Carefully follow the medication treatment plan, meal plan, and exercise program your doctor has recommended.
Check your blood sugar regularly as directed by your doctor. Keep track of the results, and share them with your doctor. Tell your doctor if your blood sugar measurements are too high or too low. Your dosage/treatment may need to be changed.
Although Sitagliptin 25mg by itself usually does not cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), low blood sugar may occur if Sitagliptin 25mg is prescribed with other diabetes medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about whether the dose of your other diabetes medication(s) needs to be lowered.
Symptoms of low blood sugar include sudden sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or tingling hands/feet. It is a good habit to carry glucose tablets or gel to treat low blood sugar. If you don’t have these reliable forms of glucose, rapidly raise your blood sugar by eating a quick source of sugar such as table sugar, honey, or candy, or drink fruit juice or non-diet soda. Tell your doctor about the reaction right away. Low blood sugar is more likely if you drink large amounts of alcohol, do unusually heavy exercise, or do not consume enough calories from food. To help prevent low blood sugar, eat meals on a regular schedule, and do not skip meals. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out what you should do if you miss a meal.
Symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) include thirst, increased urination, confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing, and fruity breath odor. If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor right away. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication(s).
Tell your doctor right away of any serious side effects, including: signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), joint pain, unusual skin blisters, signs of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: signs of pancreatitis (such as persistent nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, severe stomach/abdominal/back pain).
A very serious allergic reaction to Sitagliptin 25mg is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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