What is Farxiga?
Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) is a medicine prescribed to help control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. By keeping blood sugar levels in check, it can prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve issues, loss of limbs, and sexual problems. Properly managing diabetes can also reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes. This medication is also used for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease to lower the chances of being hospitalized due to heart failure. Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) works by making your kidneys remove more sugar from your body.
Additionally, Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) is used to treat kidney disease and heart failure. It may extend your lifespan and decrease the risk of hospitalization due to heart failure. It achieves this by increasing the removal of sodium by your kidneys
Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) Information
Farxiga is usually prescribed as a 5 mg tablet taken in the morning. In people who need further improvement with their blood sugar levels and who are not experiencing side effects with 5 mg, the dose may be increased to 10 mg once daily.
People with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for heart disease may be recommended 10 mg once daily to lower the risk of hospitalizations caused by heart failure. In those with heart failure only, the recommended dose is 10 mg once daily.
How Farxiga works
Farxiga is classified as a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor. SGLT2 is a protein that is responsible for the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys.
By blocking the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys, this helps the body expel excess glucose in the urine. This action helps reduce blood sugar levels in the body and alleviates the workload of the heart in those with heart failure.
What Farxiga is used for
Farxiga is used to manage high blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes. It is recommended to be taken with a proper diet and exercise plan for maximum effectiveness. It is not recommended to be taken for people with type 1 diabetes.
It can also help reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors. In addition, it can be used to lower the risk of hospitalization and death from heart failure in general.
Before it's prescribed
Adults with type 1 diabetes, kidney or liver problems, urinary tract infections, an upcoming surgery, pancreatitis, or a history of alcoholism should disclose this to their doctor before treatment.
Provide a list of your current drugs so your doctor can check for drug interactions.
You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking this. Some medications may interact with Farxiga, so talk to your doctor about any medications you take before starting treatment.
This may increase your risk of developing bladder cancer. For individuals with bladder cancer this may hasten the development of the cancer.
Farxiga precautions and warnings
Always read and understand the medication guide provided with the product before you begin taking this. When you buy Farxiga online from Your Canada Drug Store, we always send the products in the manufacturer’s packaging.
It may increase the risk of dehydration in some people, especially those who are taking medication for high blood pressure, 65 years or older, on a low sodium diet, or have kidney problems.
Taking this may also increase the risk of yeast infections in both men and women. Talk to your healthcare provider about proper steps to take if you have symptoms of a yeast infection, including discharge or itching around the vagina or penis.
What are the side effects of Farxiga?
- Vaginal or penile yeast infections
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Frequent urination
- Urinary urgency at night
Report side effects to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable, call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. We also have a pharmacist that can provide counselling when you buy Farxiga online.
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Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) FAQs
Can Farxiga be cut in half?
The tablets cannot be cut in half or divided. They should be taken whole as prescribed. The manufacturer has not stated whether it can be chewed or crushed. For this reason, it is recommended to avoid chewing or crushing the tablets.
Who makes Farxiga?
AstraZeneca is the manufacturer of brand-name Farxiga.
Will Farxiga help with weight loss?
Farxiga (Dapagliflozin) is not a weight-loss medication. However, it may help decrease body weight when used in combination with metformin to treat type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that people may lose up to 7 pounds or 3 kilograms after 24 weeks of treatment.
Dapagliflozin is generic equivalent to Farxiga. Dapagliflozin is Manufactured by Apotex in Canada. Dapagliflozin costs start from $1.30/tab and free US shipping is available.