If you have type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, your healthcare provider may prescribe the combination medication Juvisync. This medicine works in several ways. It helps to increase the levels of certain hormones in the body which can help improve insulin production and decrease the production of glucose and cholesterol. At this time, there are no off-label uses for Juvisync.
In September 2013, Merck & Co, Inc., announced that it would be discontinuing this medication. It is clear that this decision was made for business reasons, not for safety reasons.
What Is Juvisync Used For?Juvisync® (sitagliptin/simvastatin) is a prescription medication. It contains two different medications that work in different ways to treat different conditions. One of the active ingredients, simvastatin (Zocor®), is a cholesterol medication. The other, sitagliptin (Januvia®), is used to treat type 2 diabetes.
Juvisync is approved for use in situations where treatment with both sitagliptin and simvastatin would be appropriate. Sitagliptin is approved for use in adults with type 2 diabetes to help control blood sugar levels; it is used in combination with diet and exercise.
Simvastatin is approved for the following uses:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of heart or blood vessel disease (known as cardiovascular disease).
(Click What Is Simvastatin Used For? and What Is Sitagliptin Used For? for more detailed information.)