Janumet Xr

  • Diabetes

Janumet Xr Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Sitagliptin, metformin (as HCl) ext-rel; 50mg/500mg, 50mg/1000mg, 100mg/1000mg; tabs.

Pharmacological Class

Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor + biguanide.

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How Supplied

Tabs—60, 180, 1000; XR tabs 50mg/500mg, 50mg/1000mg—60, 180, 1000; 100mg/1000mg—30, 90, 1000


Generic Availability


Janumet Xr Indications


Adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes when treatment with both sitagliptin and metformin extended-release is appropriate.

Limitations of Use

Not for treatment of type 1 diabetes. Not studied in patients with history of pancreatitis.

Janumet Xr Dosage and Administration


Individualize. Swallow whole. Take once daily with a meal, preferably in the evening. Not currently treated with metformin: initially 100mg/1000mg once daily; titrate gradually. Previously on metformin alone: initially 100mg daily of sitagliptin plus metformin dose. Previously on metformin 850mg twice daily or 1000mg twice daily: start with two 50mg/1000mg tablets (taken together) once daily. Previously on Janumet: maintain same total daily dose of each component. All: max 100mg sitagliptin/2000mg metformin per day. Renal impairment (eGFR 30–45mL/min/1.73m2): initiation not recommended; (if eGFR later falls <45mL/min/1.73m2): max 50mg/day of sitagliptin.


<18yrs: not established.

Janumet Xr Contraindications


Severe renal impairment (eGFR <30mL/min/1.73m2). Metabolic acidosis, diabetic ketoacidosis.

Janumet Xr Boxed Warnings

Boxed Warning

Lactic acidosis.

Janumet Xr Warnings/Precautions


Increased risk of metformin-associated lactic acidosis in renal or hepatic impairment, concomitant use of certain drugs (eg, cationic drugs), ≥65yrs of age, undergoing radiological contrast study, surgery and other procedures, hypoxic states, and excessive alcohol intake; discontinue if lactic acidosis occurs. Discontinue at time of, or prior to intravascular iodinated contrast imaging in patients with eGFR 30–60mL/min/1.73m2, history of hepatic impairment, alcoholism, hypoxemia, or will be given intra-arterial contrast; reevaluate eGFR 48hrs after procedure and restart therapy if renally stable. Suspend therapy if dehydration occurs or before surgery. Avoid if clinical or lab evidence of hepatic disease. Consider risks/benefits in patients with known risk factors for heart failure; monitor for signs/symptoms; evaluate and consider discontinuing if develops. Assess renal function prior to starting and periodically thereafter; more frequently in elderly. Discontinue if pancreatitis, serious hypersensitivity reactions, severe joint pain, or bullous pemphigoid is suspected or occurs. History of angioedema to other DPP-4 inhibitors. Elderly, debilitated, uncompensated strenuous exercise, malnourished or deficient caloric intake, adrenal or pituitary insufficiency, or alcohol intoxication: increased risk of hypoglycemia. Monitor hematology annually and Vit. B12 levels at 2–3 year intervals. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers.

Janumet Xr Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Janumet Xr Interactions


Increased risk of lactic acidosis with carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg, topiramate, zonisamide, acetazolamide, dichlorphenamide); monitor. Concomitant cationic drugs that interfere with renal tubular transport systems (eg, ranolazine, vandetanib, dolutegravir, cimetidine) may increase metformin levels; monitor. Avoid excessive alcohol intake (potentiates effects of metformin on lactate). Diuretics, steroids, phenothiazines, thyroid products, estrogens, oral contraceptives, phenytoin, sympathomimetics, calcium channel blockers, isoniazid, nicotinic acid, others may cause hyperglycemia. May need lower dose of concomitant sulfonylurea or insulin to reduce risk of hypoglycemia. β-blockers may mask hypoglycemia.

Janumet Xr Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Diarrhea, URTI, headache, nasopharyngitis, hypoglycemia; pancreatitis, hypersensitivity reactions, severe and disabling arthralgia; rare: lactic acidosis (may be fatal).

Janumet Xr Clinical Trials

See Literature

Janumet Xr Note

Not Applicable

Janumet Xr Patient Counseling

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