Dapagliflozin is a medicine used to treat Type 2 diabetes (decreased production of insulin hormone).
Uses of Dapagliflozin
This medicine is prescribed along with diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Contraindications of Dapagliflozin
When should one not use Dapagliflozin
If you are allergic to this medicine.
Side effects of Dapagliflozin
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Infection (thrush) of your penis or vagina (like irritation, itching, unusual discharge or odour)
- Back pain and frequent urination
- Changes in the amount of cholesterol or red blood cells in your blood
Precautions and Warnings of Dapagliflozin
Can I take Dapagliflozin during pregnancy?
It is not safe in pregnancy as it may cause to harm to unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant while taking this medicine. Seek for more reliable alternative medicine to control your sugar.
Can I take Dapagliflozin while breastfeeding?
It is not recommended during breastfeeding, as it is not known if Dapagliflozin passes into human breast milk. Talk to your doctor before continuing this treatment if you are breastfeeding.
Can I drive if I have consumed Dapagliflozin?
If you are taking Dapagliflozin along with other antidiabetic medicines, there are chances of low blood sugar levels. You may experience faintness, confusion, and increased sweating. These are the signs of low blood glucose levels. Keep juice or chocolate handy while driving. In case you start experiencing any of these symptoms, immediately have it.
Can I consume alcohol with Dapagliflozin?
Alcohol may cause a fall in blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. Avoid alcohol consumption on this treatment.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You feel sick, stomach pain, excessive thirst, fast and deep breathing, confusion, tiredness
- You have diabetic ketoacidosis (increased levels of 'ketone bodies' in your urine or blood) seen in tests
- You are suffering from kidney or liver problems
- You have high blood pressure or very high levels of sugar in your blood
- You feel nausea, vomiting or fever
- You have any severe urinary infection
- You have no production of insulin (Type 1 diabetes)
Mode of Action of Dapagliflozin
How Does It Work?
Dapagliflozin works by helping the kidneys remove excess glucose (sugar) and calories in the urine, which then helps lower the blood sugar level.
Interactions of Dapagliflozin
Interactions with other medicines
It is essential to let your doctor know about all the medicine you are taking. Some medications that may interact with Dapagliflozin, include Acetaminophen, Albuterol, Celecoxib, Cholecalciferol, Exenatide, and Glucose.
Interactions with food items
No information is available on interactions of Dapagliflozin when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
Dietary Restrictions of Dapagliflozin
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Dapagliflozin, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
Dosage of Dapagliflozin
Dapagliflozin overdose can make you dehydrated, or you can develop nausea, vomiting, or fever. Low blood sugar levels can be present as varied symptoms, tremors, slurred speech, or fainting. You can often get infections of the urinary tract. Seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Missed a Dose
If you miss any dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose, and go back to your regular dose schedule. Do not take two dosages at once.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What special precautions should I follow?
A: Check your blood sugar levels as directed by your doctor. Take medicine as directed and consult a doctor if your condition worsens.
Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before starting on this medicine?
A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations, and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before you start this medicine. Women should give details of their pregnancy and breastfeeding status.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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