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Empagliflozin (By mouth)

Empagliflozin (em-pa-gli-FLOE-zin)

Treats type 2 diabetes. Also lowers risk of death in patients with type 2 diabetes and heart or blood vessel problems.

Brand Name(s):

Jardiance

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to empagliflozin.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet

  • Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you. This medicine is usually taken in the morning.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how empagliflozin works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
    • Diuretic (water pill)
    • Insulin or another diabetes medicine

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver problems, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, or a history of pancreas problems or genital yeast or urinary tract infections. Tell your doctor if you are on a low-salt diet or if you drink alcohol.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Low blood pressure
    • Ketoacidosis (high ketones and acid in the blood)
    • Low blood sugar
    • Kidney problems
    • Increased risk of genital yeast or urinary tract infections
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results. This medicine may affect the results of urine glucose tests.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate, bloody or cloudy urine, painful or difficult urination, lower back or side pain
  • Increased hunger, confusion, shaking, trembling, sweating
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
  • Trouble breathing, tiredness, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Redness, itching, pain, or swelling of the penis, bad-smelling discharge from the penis
  • White or yellow vaginal discharge, vaginal itching or odor

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 11/4/2017
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