Farxiga

(dapagliflozin)

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Lowers blood sugar.

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Farxiga (dapagliflozin) can be used together with other diabetes medicines to help lower your blood sugar, but it can be expensive because it's brand name.

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Quick facts about Farxiga
  • Drug class: endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Can lower A1c by 1% (A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
  • Can help you lose weight.
  • Less chance of low blood sugar than other diabetes medicines.
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Downsides

  • Not a first choice medicine for diabetes because it doesn't lower blood sugar as much as other medicines.
  • Higher risk of genital yeast infections and urinary tract infections.
  • This is an expensive medication with no generic available at this time.
  • Not shown to improve cardiovascular outcomes like other similar medicines because it can increase cholesterol.
  • Not a good choice if you drink a lot of alcohol.
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How it works

Farxiga (dapagliflozin) is an anti-diabetes medication. It lowers blood sugar by causing your body to get rid of sugar in your urine.

Quick facts about Farxiga
  • Drug class: endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Farxiga (dapagliflozin) for Type 2 diabetes

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  • Possible side effects
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections
  • Dehydration or low blood pressure
  • Increased urination
  • Common cold symptoms
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Side effect rates for Farxiga (dapagliflozin)

From 1258 clinical trials of Farxiga when taken for type 2 diabetes (5mg)
  • Female yeast infection
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Common cold symptoms
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Back pain
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Increased urination
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Male yeast infection
    3%3%
  • Nausea
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Flu
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Increased cholesterol
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Constipation
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Discomfort with urination
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Pain in hands and feet
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Mild low blood sugar
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Farxiga.

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Risks and Warnings for Farxiga (dapagliflozin)

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  • Farxiga (dapagliflozin) increases the risk of genital yeast infections for both men and women. If you've never had a yeast infection, talk to your doctor first because symptoms of a yeast infection can be similar to a sexually transmitted infection or a urinary tract infection.

Common concerns from people taking Farxiga (dapagliflozin)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Farxiga
CWeigh risks vs. benefits
Price
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Farxigaon 8/25/2017Cost is high
    59
    Man
    Two years or more
    Type 2 diabetes
  • Not sure
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Farxigaon 8/8/2017Cost is the big factor either by paying cash or with insurance
    53
    Man
    Two years or more
    Type 2 diabetes
Alcohol
  • Not a good choice if you drink a lot of alcohol.
Food
  • Take once in the morning with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Farxiga (dapagliflozin) can cause or worsen kidney problems. If you already have severe kidney damage, you can't take Farxiga (dapagliflozin). You're more likely to have this happen if you're on certain medicines to lower your blood pressure or anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), have heart failure or mild kidney damage. Your doctor will have you do regular blood tests to make sure your kidneys are healthy.
Pain
  • Tell your doctor right away if you have blood in urine, or pain when you urinate.
Weight
  • Can help you lose weight.