|Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) - also known as Forxiga Internationally|
Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Dapagliflozin is in a class of medications called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. It lowers blood sugar by causing the kidneys to get rid of more glucose in the urine. Dapagliflozin is not used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or diabetic ketoacidosis (a serious condition that may develop if high blood sugar is not treated).
Over time, people who have diabetes and high blood sugar can develop serious or life-threatening complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, nerve damage, and eye problems. Taking dapagliflozin, making lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, exercise, quitting smoking), and regularly checking your blood sugar may help to manage your diabetes and improve your health. This therapy may also decrease your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetes-related complications such as kidney failure, nerve damage (numb, cold legs or feet; decreased sexual ability in men and women), eye problems, including changes or loss of vision, or gum disease. Your doctor and other healthcare providers will talk to you about the best way to manage your diabetes.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose.
Some people taking this medicine have had bladder cancer, but it is not clear if dapagliflozin was the actual cause.
Side effects may be more likely to occur in older adults.
Why is Farxiga prescribed?
Farxiga is used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2
Are there any known drug interactions with Farxiga?
Yes, insulin or other oral diabetes medicines or a diuretic or "water pill" both effect Farxiga. This is not a complete list, talk to your doctor for more details.
What do I do if I forget a dose of Farxiga?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
How should I keep this medicine?
Store Farxiga at room temperature away from moisture and heat (not the bathroom).