If Januvia® (sitagliptin) is not working for you, or if it is causing bothersome side effects, you may want to ask your healthcare provider about substituting another medication. Several alternatives to Januvia are available for type 2 diabetes. These include other oral diabetes drugs, such as:
- Alpha glucosidase inhibitors
- Combination medications.
There are also a variety of different types of insulin and other injectable medications for type 2 diabetes, including:
- Amylin analogues
- Incretin mimetics.
However, medications aren't the only substitutes for Januvia available. Many lifestyle changes have been shown to be very effective at controlling type 2 diabetes -- especially early type 2 diabetes. These lifestyle changes include weight loss, becoming more physically active, and dietary changes. In fact, these changes are important for all people with type 2 diabetes, including people taking diabetes medications.
(Click Januvia Alternatives for more information on when a Januvia substitute may be necessary and for a more complete list of medications that are available for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.)