What dapagliflozin is used for:
Dapagliflozin is used for the type of diabetes called type 2 diabetes where your body does not make enough insulin or is not able to use the insulin it produces properly.
This leads to a high level of sugar in your blood.
Do not use dapagliflozin:
If you are allergic to dapagliflozin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Warnings and precautions:
Contact a doctor or the nearest hospital straight away:
If you experience feeling sick or being sick, stomach pain, excessive thirst, fast and deep breathing, confusion, unusual sleepiness or tiredness, a sweet smell to your breath, a sweet or metallic taste in your mouth, or a different odor to your urine or sweat or rapid weight loss.
The above symptoms could be a sign of “diabetic ketoacidosis” – a serious, sometimes life-threatening problem you can get with diabetes because of increased levels of “ketone bodies” in your urine or blood, seen in tests.
The risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis may be increased with prolonged fasting, excessive alcohol consumption, dehydration, sudden reductions in insulin dose, or a higher need of insulin due to major surgery or serious illness.
When you are treated with Dapagliflozin, diabetic ketoacidosis can occur even if your blood sugar is normal.
If you suspect you have diabetic ketoacidosis, contact a doctor or the nearest hospital straight away and do not take this medicine.
Possible side effects:
Stop using the product and seek immediate medical attention if you develop throat tightness or swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue, feel faint, or have difficulty breathing.
Stop using the product if you develop hives or itching of the face or body.
Other medicines and dapagliflozin:
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Especially tell your doctor:
If you are taking a medicine used to remove water from the body (diuretic).
Your doctor may ask you to stop taking dapagliflozin
If you have type 2 diabetes and are taking other medicines that lower the amount of sugar in your blood such as insulin or a “sulphonylurea” medicine.
Your doctor may want to lower the dose of these other medicines, to prevent you from getting low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)
How to use dapagliflozin:
If you are taking dapagliflozin for type 2 diabetes:
The recommended dose is one 10 mg tablet each day
Your doctor may start you on a 5 mg dose if you have a liver problem
Your doctor will prescribe the strength that is right for you
Taking this medicine
Swallow the tablet whole with half a glass of water
You can take your tablet with or without food
You can take the tablet at any time of the day.
However, try to take it at the same time each day.
This will help you to remember to take it
How to store dapagliflozin:
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date, which is stated on the blister or carton after ‘EXP’.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.