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Sitagliptin can help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It works by increasing the production of insulin after meals and decreasing the amount of sugar produced by the liver. The medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day. Potential side effects include headaches, sore throat, and upper respiratory infections.

What Is Sitagliptin?

Sitagliptin (Januvia®) is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes).
(Click What Is Sitagliptin Used For? to learn more, including possible off-label uses for the drug.)

Possible Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with sitagliptin. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects of sitagliptin include:
(Click Side Effects of Sitagliptin to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that should be immediately reported to your healthcare provider.)
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