Januvia® (sitagliptin) is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. Most people are able to take the oral medication safely and without any problems. However, this doesn't mean Januvia is without potential dangers. Common side effects of the drug include:
- Upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold
- Sore throat and runny or stuffy nose
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain).
Although rare, Januvia can also cause problems that are potentially dangerous, including low blood sugar, pancreatitis, and allergic reactions. To reduce your risk of problems, discuss your current health situation with your healthcare provider before starting Januvia. For example, let him or her know about all your current medical conditions and any medications you are taking.
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- A history of pancreatitis (inflammation or infection of the pancreas)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
(Click Januvia Side Effects or Januvia Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential dangers of Januvia, including a discussion on who should avoid the drug altogether.)