When Will A Januvia Generic Be Available?

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When Will A Januvia Generic Be Available?

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Jennifer Hadley
By Jennifer Hadley
Oct 03, 2017 - Updated Apr 21, 2021
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
When Will A Januvia Generic Be Available?

Keeping blood sugar (known as A1C) at a healthy level is crucial for people with type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that most individuals with diabetes keep their A1C level at less than 7%. The patented medication Januvia, when combined with a healthy diet, and exercise helps to lower blood sugar.

It’s no surprise then that those looking to lower their A1C want to know when a Januvia generic will be available.

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What is Januvia?

Januvia is a once-daily prescription medication that helps control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition where your body does not use insulin properly, either because your pancreas does not make enough insulin or because the insulin your body makes does not work the way it should.

Januvia works by regulating insulin levels in your body after eating, to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. In other words, when your body detects high blood sugar, Januvia works by helping to lower it.

For those with type 2 diabetes, controlling high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is essential. Unmanaged diabetes can lead to kidney damage, heart damage, nerve problems, blindness, and other severe consequences. Januvia may be taken alone or in conjunction with other medications, including Metformin, to lower blood sugar levels.

Is there a generic for Januvia?

A generic medicine is a copy of a branded medication, like Januvia. Generics contain the exact active ingredients as their branded counterpart. The makers of Januvia hold a patent for its active ingredient that has not yet expired, so there is no generic for Januvia available yet.

However, the patent for the active ingredient (sitagliptin) in Januvia is set to expire in 2022. Typically, when a drug patent expires, generic pharmaceutical manufacturers are allowed to begin making and selling generic versions of the brand drug. It is reasonable to expect that a generic for Januvia will be available within a few years of the patent expiration.

How much does Januvia cost?

Because Januvia is not yet available in a generic, it can be an expensive drug. However, you may save money on your prescription for Januvia by using RxSaver™ drug coupons, or through manufacturer savings programs and coupons.

The cost of Januvia without insurance starts at $518.21* for 100 mg and 30 tablets using an RxSaver coupon.

Januvia Side Effects

All medications have the potential to cause mild to severe side effects. Before taking Januvia to help lower your A1C, be sure to provide your healthcare professional with your complete medical history. Those who are allergic to any of the ingredients in Januvia should not take it.

Mild Side Effects of Januvia

Most of the side effects of Januvia are brought about by low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can occur if you take Januvia in conjunction with other medications. Low blood sugar may result in side effects such as hunger, dizziness, confusion, sweating, feeling jittery, racing heartbeat, drowsiness, and headache.

Other mild side effects of Januvia may include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Body aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion (nose, ears)
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

Mild side effects of Januvia may go away as your body gets used to the medicine. Any side effects should be reported to your healthcare provider.

Severe Side Effects of Januvia

Although rare, severe side effects have been reported by those taking Januvia. These serious side effects which require immediate medical care include:

  • Severe joint pain
  • Kidney problems
  • Blisters or erosion of the skin (bullous pemphigoid)
  • Upper respiratory infection

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Tips for lowering A1C

You must take Januvia (and eventually, the generic of Januvia) exactly as prescribed. It is also essential to keep your appointments with your healthcare provider. Those with type 2 diabetes can also help manage their blood sugar levels by using the following tips to lower A1C.

  • Monitor your portion sizes
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Replace high-starch carbohydrates with low-starch carbohydrates
  • Lose weight
  • Practice stress management

Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to control your life. This chronic condition can be successfully managed with medication and healthy lifestyle choices.

Januvia: 100 mg / 30 tablets

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 4/21/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.

Jennifer Hadley

Jennifer Hadley

Jen Hadley is a freelance writer and journalist based in Los Angeles, who writes extensively about the medical, legal, health care, and consumer products industries. Jen is a regular contributor to RxSaver.

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS., is a pharmacist who earned her PharmD from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She maintains an active practice, serving as a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at a large metropolitan teaching hospital in New York City. Carina has also published in pharmacy journals and works as a consultant reviewing medical articles for publication.

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