What is Forxiga?
Forxiga (Dapagliflozin) is a medicine used to treat diabetes. Dapagliflozin is a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor. When used in conjunction with diet and exercise it can help to treat type 2 diabetes.
Dapagliflozin is in a class of drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. SGLT2 facilitates glucose reabsorption in the kidney. Dapagliflozin works be inhibiting this protein, which lowers the amounts of sugar absorbed by the body and increases the amount of sugar that exits the body in the urine.
How is Forxiga used?
Forxiga (Dapagliflozin) is usually started at a dosage of 5mg per day. In more severe cases of diabetes a 10mg dosage may be needed. Your doctor will tell you which dosage is best for you.
Take Forxiga (Dapagliflozin) with or without food. Best results are obtained by taking the tablets in the morning.
The most common side effects reported with Forxiga (Dapagliflozin) are a runny nose and/or sore throat. You may also experience dizziness and light-headedness. If you notice any other side effects, contact your doctor.
Dapagliflozin can sometimes cause some minor unwanted side effects like dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting. You may be able to reduce some of these effects by sitting up or standing slowly. Drinking alcohol, becoming exposed to hot weather, exercising beyond your capability, or fever can increase these side effects. Yo should not drive or operate machinery until you have taken Dapagliflozin for long enough to discover how it affects you.
Dapagliflozin, like most diabetes medicines works best when taken along with a diet and exercise program.
If you become dehydrated this can stop Dapagliflozin from working properly. Ensure you maintain an adequate fluid intake, and contact your doctor if you have bad diarrhea or vomiting.
Your doctor may prescribe regular blood tests to ensure your blood sugar levels are normal.