Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent nerve problems, blindness, kidney damage, sexual function problems, and loss of limbs. Proper control of diabetes may also reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
How does Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) work?
Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) works by targeting and helping to stop sodium-glucose transport proteins from allowing glucose that has been filtered out of the blood. It is by the kidneys to be reabsorbed back into the blood. This drug is a sodium-glucose cotransporter (SGLT2) inhibitor. SGLT2 is found in the kidney tubules. By inhibiting SGLT2, it reduces the reabsorption of filtered glucose. It also consequently increases the excretion of glucose in the urine.
Why use Farxiga (Dapagliflozin)?
Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) is available as a film-coated tablet containing 5mg and 10mg of Dapagliflozin for oral administration. This belongs to the group of medications known as oral antihyperglycemic agents. in the year 2014, this medication has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Farxiga (Dapagliflozin)?
The recommended starting dose of Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) is 5mg once a day. It is to be taken in the morning with or without food. The dose may be increased to 10mg once daily for those tolerating this drug that requires an additional glycemic control. Use this medication exactly as it is directed. Take it at the same time each day. Do not change the prescribed dose or the dosing schedule without consulting your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Farxiga (Dapagliflozin)?
- Back pain
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Urinary tract infection
- Yeast infection of the vagina or penis
- Elevated cholesterol or fat in the blood
- Pain in the extremities
- Changes in urination (urgent need to urinate more often, urinating in large amount, or discomfort when urinating)
Warnings and Precautions
- Talk to your doctor first about the risks and benefits of this medication.
- Before taking this, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.
- This is not prescribed for pregnant women. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding women.
- Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours. Do not also stop taking this without talking to your doctor.
- Keep this away from moisture, heat, and the reach of children.