Available by prescription only, sitagliptin phosphate (Januvia®) is a medication used to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It works by increasing the production of insulin in response to meals and decreasing the amount of sugar produced by the liver. As a result, it can help lower blood sugar levels, which can decrease the risks of developing long-term problems associated with diabetes, including:
Sitagliptin comes in the form of a tablet. In most cases, it is taken once a day. Before starting treatment with this medication, make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have kidney problems, a history of pancreatitis, or any allergies.