Medicine Overview of Forxiga Tablet
Uses of Forxiga Tablet
Forxiga 10mg Tablet is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Side effects of Forxiga Tablet
Nausea, Frequent urge to urinate, Increased thirst, Urinary tract infection, Hypoglycaemia (Low blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea, Genital fungal infection.
How to use Forxiga Tablet
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Forxiga 10mg Tablet at a fixed time.
How Forxiga Tablet works
Forxiga 10mg tablet is a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. It works in type 2 diabetes by increasing the amount of glucose that gets passed out in the urine.
In Depth Information on Forxiga Tablet
Expert advice for Forxiga Tablet
- Can cause very low blood sugar levels when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal. Get blood sugar levels checked at regular intervals and always keep a source of sugar with you for quick relief.
- It can cause dehydration (the loss of too much body water) which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension).
- Forxiga may cause fungal infections of the vagina. Inform your doctor if you get the vaginal odour, white or yellowish vaginal discharge or vaginal itching.
- Forxiga may cause a fungal infection of the penis. Inform your doctor if you get redness, itching, or swelling of the penis; rash on the penis; foul-smelling discharge from the penis; or pain in the skin around the penis.
- Forxiga may cause urinary tract infection. Inform your doctor if you get burning sensation when passing urine, pain in the pelvis, or mid back pain, or increased need to urinate.
- Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with the kidney disease. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
Special precautions for Forxiga 10mg Tablet
Talk to your doctor before Taking alcohol together with dapa+more
gliflozin. Alcohol may affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes....
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Forxiga 10mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.+more
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor....
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
No information is available on the use of Forxiga 10mg Table+more
t during lactation. Please consult your doctor....
Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is+more
low or high. If this happens, do not drive....
Forxiga 10mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use in patients wi+more
th kidney disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor....
Forxiga 10mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients+more
with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Forxiga 10mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor....
Severely interacts with other drugs like
Decmax 4mg Tablet, Decamycin 4mg Injection, Pericort 4mg Tablet, Depo Medrol 40mg/ml Injection
If you miss a dose of Dapagliflozin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Frequently asked questions for Forxiga 10mg Tablet
Frequently asked questions for Dapagliflozin
Q. Can I stop taking Forxiga at once?
Do not stop taking Forxiga at once. This can lead to a sudden increase in your blood glucose levels. Always follow the advice of your doctor for the dose and duration of your treatment. Never stop taking any medicine without consulting your doctor.
Forxiga is not indicated for use in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. This medicine works by removing glucose through the urine and also increases the urine frequency which can worsen dehydration in these patients. There have been reports of diabetic ketoacidosis with Forxiga, a complication seen in type 1 diabetic patients which may also get worsened in these patients.
Q. How is Forxiga different from sitagliptin?
Both Forxiga and sitagliptin are anti-diabetic drugs, but they work in different ways. Forxiga is reported to be more effective in controlling blood sugar levels and also help in weight loss while sitagliptin is weight neutral. They also differ in their side effect profile as the use of sitagliptin is associated with nausea, nasopharyngitis, and pancreatitis while Forxiga commonly causes urinary and genital tract infections.
Q. Can I take Forxiga with metformin?
Yes, Forxiga can be taken with metformin. A combined use of the two medicines can significantly improve blood glucose levels and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and help in weight loss as compared to when either of the medicine is taken alone. No change in side effect profile has been reported compared to when they are used alone.
Forxiga and sulfonylureas like glimepiride, gliclazide, glyburide or glibenclamide can be taken together as it can help in better control of blood sugar levels. Use of Forxiga can also help in lowering the risk of weight gain caused by sulfonylureas. However, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Consult your doctor as dose adjustment may be needed.
Yes, Forxiga can help in lowering weight. Forxiga works by removing glucose through urine, so, calories are lost resulting in weight loss according to some clinical studies. When used along with a balanced diet and exercise, it effectively lowers blood glucose levels and help in weight loss in type 2 diabetes patients.
Q. Can the use of Forxiga lead to vaginal thrush (a fungal infection of the vagina)?
Yes, Forxiga can lead to vaginal thrush (fungal infection of the vagina). So, it should be used with caution in patients with a history of frequent genital infections. Cleanliness of the vagina and external genitals will lower the risk of infections. Inform your doctor if you have painful urination, redness, itching or swelling of your genitals while taking this medicine.
Q. How is Forxiga different from liraglutide?
Both are anti-diabetic medicines and lower blood glucose levels effectively and also help to lower weight. However, they differ in many ways. Forxiga is to be taken by mouth and it lowers blood glucose levels by removing glucose from the body through urine and can cause urinary and genital tract infection. While liraglutide is an injectable which lowers blood glucose levels by the release of insulin and its use is commonly associated with nausea and there have been rare reports of pancreatitis in patients using this medicine.
Q. How long can Forxiga take to show improvement of my conditions?
Forxiga starts to show its effect from the first dose itself, however, it shows its maximum effect after 1 week of starting the medicine.
Q. Is Forxiga better than canagliflozin?
Both Forxiga and canagliflozin belong to the same class of drugs and work by removing glucose from urine. However, some clinical studies reported that canagliflozin is more effective in removing a higher amount of glucose through urine in 24 hours than Forxiga. Also, the use of Forxiga is advised to be avoided in patients with bladder cancer.
Q. Is Forxiga better than gliclazide?
Both Forxiga and gliclazide are anti-diabetic drugs however, they work in different ways and have different side effect profile. Gliclazide commonly causes low blood sugar levels while the use of Forxiga is associated with urinary tract and genital infections. Forxiga causes low blood sugar levels mostly when taken with insulins or sulfonylureas and it helps in weight loss compared to gliclazide which causes weight gain.
Q. Is Forxiga better than metformin?
Both Forxiga and metformin are effective in lowering blood glucose levels, however, they work in different ways and have different side effect profile. Metformin restores the body's ability to use insulin, lowering the blood sugar levels whereas Forxiga works by increasing the amount of glucose that gets passed out in the urine. Metformin commonly causes nausea, vomiting, altered taste, abdominal pain, loss of appetite while Forxiga is associated with nausea, increased thirst, urinary and genital tract infections.
Q. Is Forxiga effective?
Yes, Forxiga is effective if used for the right indication in the dose and for the duration as advised by the doctor. In case you do not find any change in your disease condition while taking this medicine, please talk to your doctor. Do not change the dose or stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor.
Q. Can Forxiga be taken along with canagliflozin?
No, it is not advisable to take Forxiga with canagliflozin. Both belong to the same class of anti-diabetic drugs and work in the same way. Together they may be more efficacious but there could also be an increased risk of side effects caused by them.
Q. Can the use of Forxiga cause urinary tract infections?
Yes, urinary tract infections is a reported side effect of Forxiga. So if you observe pain or burning sensation while urinating consult your doctor. Drinking plenty of fluids as this may reduce burning sensation.
Q. What effect does Forxiga have on renal impairment?
Forxiga is not recommended for use in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment with eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) less than 60 mL/min/1.73m2. It may cause an increase in creatinine, phosphorus and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and can cause fall in blood pressure hypotension. So inform your doctor if you have an underlying kidney disease before taking this medicine.
Q. What is the effect of the Forxiga on cancer?
There is no such effect reported on cancer but some studies have shown an increased risk of bladder cancer with Forxiga so use is avoided in patients with a history of bladder cancer and along with drugs like pioglitazone.
Q. What are the contraindications to use of Forxiga?
Use of Forxiga is not recommended in patients with a history of serious hypersensitivity reaction to Forxiga, severe kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease, or dialysis.
Forxiga may worsen diabetic ketoacidosis (increased total body ketone concentration, metabolic acidosis, and very high blood sugar levels). Forxiga is not advised to be taken in this condition. The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, anorexia, abdominal pain, excessive thirst, difficulty breathing, confusion, unusual fatigue or sleepiness. Inform your doctor if you have these signs-symptoms while taking this medicine.
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