Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control. For people without diabetes, HbA1c results are usually less than 6 percent, while people with diabetes usually have higher results. In one study, people taking Janumet lowered their HbA1c by 0.7 percent more than people taking metformin alone.
Studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance for developing long-term problems related to diabetes. This includes such problems as:
By getting blood sugar levels under control with Janumet, it may be possible to decrease the chances of developing these diabetes-related complications.
General considerations for when and how to take Janumet include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It should be taken by mouth twice a day.
- Janumet should be taken with food.
- Take your dose at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For Janumet to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Janumet your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Janumet Dosage for more information.)