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Frequently Asked Questions
Dapagliflozin can cause serious infections in the penis or vagina. Get medical help right away if you have burning, itching, odor, discharge, pain, tenderness, redness or swelling of the genital or rectal area, fever, or if you don't feel well.
Taking dapagliflozin can make you dehydrated, which could cause you to feel weak or dizzy (especially when you stand up).
Dapagliflozin is used with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (not for type 1 diabetes).
Dapagliflozin is also used to lower the risk of needing to be in the hospital for heart failure in adults with type 2 diabetes who also have heart disease.
Dapagliflozin is also used to lower the risk of death from heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in adults with type 2 diabetes who also have heart disease.
Dapagliflozin is also used to reduce the risk of end-stage kidney disease and hospitalization or death from heart problems in adults who also have kidney problems caused by type 2 diabetes.
Dapagliflozin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use dapagliflozin if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); or
- diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- polycystic kidney disease;
- liver disease;
- bladder infections or other urination problems;
- low blood pressure;
- problems with your pancreas, including surgery;
- if you are dehydrated;
- if you drink alcohol often; or
- if you are on a low salt diet.
Follow your doctor's instructions about using this medicine if you are pregnant or you become pregnant. Controlling diabetes is very important during pregnancy.
You should not use dapagliflozin during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.
Not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
You may take dapagliflozin with or without food.
You may get dehydrated during prolonged illness. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you eat or drink less than usual.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can make you feel very hungry, dizzy, irritable, or shaky. To quickly treat hypoglycemia, eat or drink hard candy, crackers, raisins, fruit juice, or non-diet soda. Your doctor may prescribe glucagon injection in case of severe hypoglycemia.
Blood sugar can be affected by stress, illness, surgery, exercise, alcohol use, or skipping meals.
Tell your doctor if you have frequent symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) such as increased thirst or urination. Ask your doctor before changing your dose or medication schedule.
This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using dapagliflozin.
Your treatment may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and special medical care.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Seek medical attention right away if you have signs of a genital infection (penis or vagina): burning, itching, odor, discharge, pain, tenderness, redness or swelling of the genital or rectal area, fever, not feeling well. These symptoms may get worse quickly.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- little or no urination;
- dehydration symptoms--dizziness, weakness, feeling light-headed (like you might pass out);
- kidney problems--little or no urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath;
- ketoacidosis (too much acid in the blood)--nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, confusion, unusual drowsiness, or trouble breathing; or
- signs of a bladder infection--pain or burning when you urinate, increased urination, blood in your urine, fever, pain in your pelvis or back.
Side effects may be more likely to occur in older adults.
Common side effects may include:
- genital yeast infection;
- urinating more than usual; or
- sore throat and runny or stuffy nose.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
- insulin or other oral diabetes medicines; or
- a diuretic or "water pill."
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect dapagliflozin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about dapagliflozin.
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