What is Farxiga (Forxiga,Dapagliflozin)?
Farxiga is the brand name of dapagliflozin that comes in tablet form to help diabetic patients reduce their blood sugar levels. When you take this medication, it works by helping the body excrete excess glucose from the bloodstream via urine. It is recommended you exercise regularly and have a healthy diet while using dapagliflozin. Usually, the blood glucose that is excreted via urine, carries calories with it. Hence, this medicine might help overweight people lose weight as well as control their levels of blood sugar.
What is It Used For?
Dapagliflozin is supposed to be used in patients with type 2 diabetes, a medical condition where the body becomes insulin resistant. Forxiga belongs to a class of drugs known as SGLT-2 or sodium glucose co-transporter 2. This class of diabetes drugs works in the body by increasing glucose removal by the kidneys. This process helps to lower high levels of blood sugar in type 2 diabetic people. The drug should not be used in type 1 diabetic patients or those with diabetic ketoacidosis.
How does Dapagliflozin work?
This medication works by blocking reabsorption of glucose by the kidney. This will lead to 70g of glucose being excreted via urine every day for people who are diabetic. However, for people who have normal blood sugar levels, the glucose excreted would be less. It is important you maintain a healthy diet and stay physically active as you take this medicine.
Who is suitable to take Farxiga?
This medication is suitable for adults with type 2 diabetes and need improvements in A1C, as well as benefit from systolic blood pressure and weight reduction. However, note that dapagliflozin is not a blood pressure or weight loss drug. As you take the medicine, your doctor will need to check your type 2 diabetes through regular blood tests. Also, they will need to check your A1C and blood sugar levels. Before you start taking this medication, you need to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking. This includes both prescription and non prescription drugs and herbal and vitamin supplements.
Who should not take this medicine?
If you are allergic to dapagliflozin or any other ingredient contained in farxiga. Symptoms of allergic reactions include skin rash, swelling of the tongue and face or red patches on the skin. In case you have any of these symptoms, you should discontinue the medication and contact your doctor immediately. If you have severe kidney problems or you are on dialysis, you should not take this medication. Your doctor will need to carry out blood tests to monitor how well your kidneys are functioning before and during your medication treatment. It is not yet known whether taking this drug during treatment is harmful to unborn baby. To stay safe, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while taking dapagliflozin.
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