Janumet is a combination tablet which combines two diabetes medications Januvia (Sitagliptin) and Metformin in a single tablet.
The only reason to combine two drugs in this way is for your convenience. If you would prefer to take the doses separately there is no reason why you shouldn’t.
It is important to recognise that the combination tablet does not offer any improvement in blood glucose lowering efficacy. However, there may be an advantage in combining the two drugs as there is evidence that the blood glucose lowering potential of the combined tablet may be greater than that of each drug taken individually.
It is likely that JanuMet will be available in two preparations.
Januvia 50 mg + Metformin 500 mg
Januvia 50 mg + Metformin 1000 mg
Both Januvia and Metformin are available for prescription separately in the UK. The combination tablet has yet to be launched. The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has approved Janumet for use in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Dr Nishan Wijenaike
West Suffolk Diabetes Service
Bury St Edmunds