Farxiga (Dapagliflozin)

Farxiga (Dapagliflozin)

Dapagliflozin Propanediol Monohydrate

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Farxiga (dapagliflozin) is a medication primarily used for managing type 2 diabetes, and it also treats heart failure and chronic kidney disease. It functions as a sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitor, which helps in removing sugar from the body via urine​.

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FARXIGA (Dapagliflozin) from Canada

Introduction to FARXIGA

FARXIGA (known as Forxiga in Canada) is a medication used to help manage various health conditions including Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), heart failure, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). It works by helping your body get rid of excess sugar through your urine. This guide will help you understand how to use FARXIGA, what to expect, and important safety information.


1. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM):
- Monotherapy: FARXIGA is used along with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar levels in adults with T2DM who cannot use metformin.
- Combination Therapy: FARXIGA can be used with other medications like metformin, insulin, or sulfonylureas when these alone are not enough to control blood sugar.

2. Heart Failure:
- FARXIGA helps reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure in adults with T2DM and cardiovascular disease or risk factors.
- It is also used in adults with heart failure to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization.

3. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD):
- FARXIGA is used to reduce the risk of kidney function decline, end-stage kidney disease, and death due to cardiovascular or kidney-related causes in adults with CKD.

How to Take FARXIGA

- FARXIGA can be taken at any time of the day, with or without food.
- Always follow your doctor’s instructions on dosage. Typically, the starting dose for improving blood sugar control is 5 mg once daily, which can be increased to 10 mg if needed.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose—do not take two doses at the same time.

Important Safety Information

1. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA):
- DKA is a serious condition that can occur with FARXIGA, even if your blood sugar levels are not very high. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, confusion, and unusual sleepiness or fatigue. If you experience these, seek medical attention immediately.

2. Urinary Tract and Genital Infections:
- FARXIGA can increase the risk of urinary tract infections and genital infections. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms like a burning sensation during urination, or unusual discharge or odor.

3. Volume Depletion (Dehydration):
- FARXIGA may cause your body to lose more water and salt through urine. Ensure you stay hydrated, especially if you experience symptoms like dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness.

4. Kidney Function:
- Your kidney function should be checked before starting FARXIGA and monitored regularly during treatment.

5. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
- FARXIGA is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking FARXIGA, notify your doctor immediately.

Monitoring and Follow-Up

- Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider are important to monitor your response to FARXIGA and adjust the dose if needed.
- Keep track of your blood sugar levels as advised by your doctor and report any unusual changes.

FARXIGA in the USA and Forxiga in Canada

- In the United States, this medication is called FARXIGA, while in Canada, it is known as Forxiga. Despite the different names, the medication and its uses are the same.

Buying Farxiga from Canada

- When purchasing FARXIGA from Canada, you will need a valid U.S. prescription.
- It is available as a name-brand or generic option to help save on costs.
- Contact us for more information on how to purchase FARXIGA from Canada.