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FARXIGA—discuss benefits and possible risks
FARXIGA—discuss benefits and possible risks

You and your doctor may have discussed the benefits as well as the possible risks of taking FARXIGA (far-SEE-guh), and how it may help you achieve your treatment goals.


Potential benefits of using FARXIGA for adults with type 2 diabetes, in addition to diet and exercise:

  • FARXIGA is a once-daily pill for adults with type 2 diabetes who need improvement in A1C and additionally may benefit from weight and systolic blood pressure reduction. Patients experienced an average 3% weight loss when used with metformin

In studies, FARXIGA:

  • Removed some blood sugar
  • Significantly lowered A1C

Additionally, FARXIGA may help you:

  • Lose weight—on average 3%
  • Reduce systolic blood pressure

FARXIGA is not a weight-loss or blood-pressure drug.

Individual results may vary.

With FARXIGA at 12 weeks.

When used with metformin.

Do not take FARXIGA if you:

  • have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check how well your kidneys are working before and during your treatment with FARXIGA

FARXIGA has been tested in 24 clinical studies that looked at its benefits and safety. The studies had more than 11,000 adults with type 2 diabetes, including more than 6,000 patients treated with FARXIGA.

FARXIGA, combined with diet and exercise, was studied alone as well as in combination with other diabetes medicines you may be taking. The other medicines included metformin, glimepiride, pioglitazone, insulin, and sitagliptin.

FARXIGA can cause serious side effects, including:

See the What is the most important information I should know about FARXIGA? section.

  • Dehydration (the loss of body water and salt), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). You may be at a higher risk of dehydration if you have low blood pressure; take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including water pills (diuretics); are 65 years of age or older; are on a low salt diet, or have kidney problems
  • Ketoacidosis occurred in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes during treatment with FARXIGA. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition which may require hospitalization and may lead to death. Symptoms may include nausea, tiredness, vomiting, trouble breathing, and abdominal pain. If you get any of these symptoms, stop taking FARXIGA and call your healthcare provider right away. If possible, check for ketones in your urine or blood, even if your blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL
  • Kidney problems. Sudden kidney injury occurred in people taking FARXIGA. Talk to your doctor right away if you reduce the amount you eat or drink, or if you lose liquids; for example, from vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive heat exposure
  • Serious urinary tract infections (UTI), some that lead to hospitalization, occurred in people taking FARXIGA. Tell your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of UTI including a burning feeling when passing urine, a need to urinate often, the need to urinate right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach (pelvis), or blood in the urine with or without fever, back pain, nausea, or vomiting


The most common medication side effects of FARXIGA include:

  • Vaginal yeast infections and yeast infections of the penis
  • Stuffy or runny nose and sore throat
  • Changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night

These are not all the possible side effects of FARXIGA. For more information, please read the Medication Guide; ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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