Forxiga is used alone and in combination with other medications for the control of blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes. This medication should be used as part of an overall diabetes management plan that includes a diet and exercise program.
The recommended starting dose for dapagliflozin is 5 mg taken by mouth once a day. Your doctor may adjust the dose up to a maximum 10 mg daily, depending on how effective it is and how well it is tolerated. Dapagliflozin should be taken at the same time every day. The tablets should be swallowed whole with some water and may be taken with food or on an empty stomach.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health.
Dapagliflozin is not suitable for people who have type 1 diabetes, have low kidney function, are galactose intolerant, have low salt levels in their body, are under the age of 18 or over the age 75, people on a course of Actos (pioglitazone) or loop diuretics.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are hypoglycemia, thrush, urinary tract infections, increased need to visit the toilet, pain when urinating, changes in levels of blood fats, lowering of blood pressure. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: redness or rash of the penis or foreskin (yeast infection), signs of dehydration (e.g., decreased urine, dry skin, dry and sticky mouth, sleepiness, dizziness, headache, thirst, confusion), signs of vaginal yeast infection (e.g., vaginal odour, curd-like discharge, itching), symptoms of low blood sugar (e.g., cold sweat, cool pale skin, headache, fast heartbeat, weakness, blurred vision), symptoms of a urinary tract infection (e.g. pain when urinating, urinating more often than usual, low back or flank pain, strong odour). Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur: fainting or lightheadedness when standing, severe dehydration (e.g., confusion, sweating stops, heart palpitations), severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar; disorientation, loss of consciousness, seizure), signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat).
Forxiga may interact with chlorpropamide, dulaglutide, glimepiride, glipizide, glyburide, insulin aspart, insulin degludec, insulin detemir, insulin glargine, insulin glulisine, insulin inhaled, insulin lispro, insulin nph, nateglinide, repaglinide, tolazamide, tolbutamide.
If you miss a dose and your next dose is within 12 hours, wait until the next dose to resume the treatment.
Because Forxiga is a relatively new medication, the long term effects of the drug, over several years, are as yet unknown.
Dapagliflozin tablets should always be kept in the original container and stored at room temperature. You must also make sure the medicine is kept out of the sight and reach of children.
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