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Janumet is a tablet that contains both Sitagliptin and Metformin to control high blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Sitagliptin will help improve the release of insulin after a meal and decrease the sugar output of your liver. Metformin helps your body better handle the insulin your body produces and also helps decrease the amount of sugar made by your liver.
Janumet is taken orally twice a day with or without meals. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water unless advised by your doctor. Swallow the tablet whole without breaking it apart or chewing it. In some cases you may be asked to break apart the medication, but only if there is a score line in the medication, and only if you are instructed to by your doctor.
This medication should be used regularly to ensure the best results. Taking Janumet everyday at the same time helps build up a routine so that you don't miss your doses.
Exercise and diet are recommended while using Janumet to ensure the best results. Janumet can also be used with other medication used to control blood sugar levels. Follow the instructions from your doctor on how to combine all these routines into a healthy life style to ensure the best treatment.
Speak with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Janumet as there are active ingredients that could induce an allergic reaction. Make sure you disclose any prior medical conditions, current medications along with any supplementation before knowing if Janumet is the right option for you.
Janumet may cause blurred vision or dizzy spells. Do not drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery until you are certain that you can perform these tasks safely. Alcohol can exasperate the dizzying effects and increase your risk of lactic acidosis creating low blood sugar. Alcohol should be limited or avoided. Additional you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits of alcohol.
Stress can play a role in how your blood sugar levels react throughout the day. If you find yourself in a stressful environment frequently speak with your doctor about potentially changing treatment plans.
Metformin is known to effect menstrual cycles and increase ovulation making pregnancy a risk while taking Janumet. Speak with your doctor about ways to prevent pregnancy effectively while using Janumet.
Some side effects can include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, headache, weakness, back pain, joint or muscle pain, a metallic taste in the mouth cold symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and sore throat.
More serious side effects can also include:
nusual muscle pain, feeling cold, trouble breathing, feeling dizzy, light-headed, tired, or very weak, stomach pain, vomiting, irregular heart rate, severe autoimmune reaction--itching, blisters, breakdown of the outer layer of skin, severe or ongoing pain in your joints, little or no urinating, symptoms of heart failure--shortness of breath, swelling in your legs or feet, rapid weight gain
Speak with your doctor if any side effects become severe while being treated with Janument. Your doctor and pharmacist can help you manage these side effects. If you experience any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for medical attention.
Q: How should I store Janumet?
A: Store this medication at room temperature and avoid contact with children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater and contact a local pharmacist if you require help disposing of unwanted or expired medication.
Q: Can I use Janumet while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: There may be a risk involved in using Janumet while pregnant. Consult with your doctor about the risk of using this medication during a pregnancy. There is not enough data to know what will pass into the breast milk of the nursing mother. It is best to consult your doctor about the risk involved while breast feeding.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take your dose as soon as you remember. Skip your missed dose if you are close to the next schedule dose to avoid an overlap in dosing.
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