Information about Dapagliflozin

Dapagliflozin Uses

Dapagliflozin is used alone or in combination in adults for the treatment of type II diabetes.

How Dapagliflozin works

Dapagliflozin is an antidiabetic medication. It works by removing excess sugar from your body through urine.

Common side effects of Dapagliflozin

Genital fungal infection, Nausea, Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages), Urinary tract infection, Polyuria, Increased appetite, Vomiting, Constipation
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Expert advice for Dapagliflozin

  • Dapagliflozin is used alone or together with other diabetes medicines to control blood sugar and avoid long-term complications.
  • It may cause your body to lose too much fluid (dehydration) or you may urinate more often. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • It may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal.
  • Always carry some sugary food or fruit juice with you in case you experience hypoglycemia symptoms such as cold sweats, cool pale skin, tremor and anxiety.
  • It can cause genital fungal and/or urinary tract infections (UTIs) in both females and males, so practice good hygiene.
  • Monitor your blood sugar regularly while taking this medicine.
  • Inform your doctor immediately if you experience constant dizziness, joint pain, cold-like symptoms or unexplained nausea/vomiting.

Frequently asked questions for Dapagliflozin


Q. Does Dapagliflozin cause weight loss?

Yes, Dapagliflozin may cause weight loss in some patients. However, it is an uncommon side effect. If you experience sudden weight gain or have any concerns regarding your weight, discuss it with your doctor.

Q. What are the side effects of Dapagliflozin?

The use of Dapagliflozin may cause symptoms such as stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, vaginal yeast infections, and yeast infections of the penis. In addition to that, one may experience frequent urination throughout the day or at night, and changes in quantity of urine.

Q. What is Dapagliflozin used for?

Dapagliflozin is used to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin or is not able to use the produced insulin properly. This leads to an increase in the levels of sugar in your blood. Dapagliflozin works by removing excess sugar from your body via your urine. In addition to that, it can also help prevent heart disease.

Q. Is Dapagliflozin safe to use?

Yes, Dapagliflozin is safe when used as directed by the doctor. However, it may show some side effects. For best results, it should be used in the correct dose and at the same time each day.

Q. Can I stop taking Dapagliflozin?

No, do not stop taking Dapagliflozin without talking to your doctor first. Sudden discontinuation of medicine may make your diabetes worse. Inform your doctor if your symptoms bother you or if there is no considerable improvement in your condition. The doctor may suggest some other medicine which could be more effective in treating your diabetes.

Q. Why did my doctor prescribe Dapagliflozin along with metformin?

For some people, taking metformin alone can effectively lower blood sugar levels. But, evidence suggests that adding Dapagliflozin to metformin therapy may provide better control over the increased blood sugar levels in some people. So, maybe your doctor prescribed the combined use of metformin with Dapagliflozin to provide the extra help you need.

Q. Who should not take Dapagliflozin?

Patients allergic to Dapagliflozin should avoid using this medicine. Also, it is highly recommended that patients who are on dialysis or have severe kidney problems should not use Dapagliflozin.

Q. Can I take Dapagliflozin before surgery?

Inform your doctor that you are taking Dapagliflozin before going for the surgery. The doctor may ask you to stop taking your Dapagliflozin tablets before your operation. This is done because there is a risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (a serious condition that may develop if high blood sugar is not treated).


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