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Janumet XR Alternatives

People who are taking Janumet XR (sitagliptin and metformin extended-release) and experience bothersome side effects or whose blood sugar levels are not adequately controlled may benefit from other forms of diabetes treatment. Some of the alternatives for Janumet XR include lifestyle changes, other oral medications, and insulin. Your healthcare provider can help you compare these various options to find one that's best for you.

What Are the Available Alternatives to Janumet XR?

Janumet® XR (sitagliptin and metformin extended-release) is a prescription diabetes medicine that combines two products into one pill. It contains sitagliptin (Januvia®) and extended-release metformin (metformin ER [Glucophage XR®, Glutametz®, and Fortamet®]). 
 
Sitagliptin belongs to a group of medicines known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Metformin ER belongs to a class of medicines known as biguanides. These two drugs work in different ways to lower blood sugar levels.
 
Janumet XR is an effective diabetes treatment, but it may not be appropriate for everyone. For example, some people may not be able to take it due to side effects. For others, it may not control their blood sugar effectively enough.
 
Fortunately, several alternatives to Janumet XR are available. Other options include:
 
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Other diabetes medicines taken by mouth 
  • Injectable diabetes medicines.
 

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes are an important part of any diabetes treatment plan. These include weight loss, a healthy eating plan (see Diabetic Diet), and regular physical activity (see Diabetes and Exercise).
 
Early on, lifestyle changes may be sufficient for controlling blood sugar levels in someone with diabetes, or even reversing the condition. When these are not enough, medications are added.
 
If your healthcare provider has recommended Janumet XR, chances are you've already been following a diet and exercise program. In fact, this drug is intended for use in addition to an appropriate diet and exercise program.
 
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