For adults with type 2 diabetes, in addition to diet and exercise
FARXIGA Patient Stories: Sharing Personal Challenges, Strategies, and Successes
Life is full of ups and downs, but I’m finally glad to say that my sugar is stable.
If you’re like Jack and over the age of 65, taking FARXIGA may put you at a higher risk for dehydration (loss of body water and salt), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension).
My life has been full of ups and downs, mostly ups, but at 83, I’ve learned how to handle everything life throws at me, including my experience with type 2 diabetes.
I was diagnosed at 82 years old. My primary care doctor noticed my blood sugar was always high. She gave me a meter, and I started taking my own blood sugar readings.
After a series of high readings, it was clear that I was definitely diabetic, so I was prescribed metformin, which did not agree with my body. I was feeling dizzy and weak.
My doctor suggested that we try something new and prescribed FARXIGA for me. I’m glad she did. After taking FARXIGA, I started to feel like myself again.
Because of my different health issues, I try to do everything I can to take care of myself. My wife and I grow our own vegetables in our garden and we try to eat as much organic food as possible.
I really don’t care much for sweets, but when I got my diagnosis, it was hard for me to give up white potatoes and bread, which I needed to do because they make my blood sugar levels spike. I now meet with a nutritionist—who is wonderful—once a month, and I’ve learned a lot from her. She’s told me horror stories about other people with type 2 diabetes who don’t comply with their doctors’ recommendations. They don’t take their readings consistently and their blood sugar levels are through the roof, which could put them in danger. I couldn’t imagine not doing what I need to do to manage my type 2 diabetes, and letting it hold me back from the things I love—photography, my garden, my wife, and my five grandchildren.
I hope my story inspires people to do the right things to manage their health, including their type 2 diabetes.
These stories represent the personal experiences of actual FARXIGA patients. The opinions expressed are their own, based on their own experiences, and will not relate to everyone with type 2 diabetes. Please consult your doctor, as these testimonials are not substitutes for medical advice.
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Important Safety Information
Who should not take FARXIGA?
Do not take FARXIGA if you:
are allergic to dapagliflozin or any of the ingredients in FARXIGA. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include skin rash, raised red patches on your skin (hives), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking FARXIGA and contact your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away
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
What are the possible side effects of FARXIGA?
FARXIGA may cause serious side effects including:
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
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can occur if you take FARXIGA with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylureas or insulin. Symptoms of low blood sugar include shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, dizziness, hunger, headache, and irritability. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions for treating low blood sugar
Vaginal yeast infections in women who take FARXIGA. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), or vaginal itching
Yeast infection of skin around the penis (balanitis) in men who take FARXIGA. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience redness, itching, or swelling of the penis; rash of the penis; foul smelling discharge from the penis; or pain in the skin around penis. Certain uncircumcised men may have swelling of the penis that makes it difficult to pull back the skin around the tip of the penis
Increase in bad cholesterol (LDL-C). Your healthcare provider should check your LDL-C during treatment with FARXIGA
Bladder cancer. In studies of FARXIGA in people with diabetes, bladder cancer occurred in a few more people who were taking FARXIGA than in people who were taking other diabetes medications. There were too few cases of bladder cancer to know if bladder cancer was related to FARXIGA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have blood or a red color in your urine or pain while you urinate
The most common side effects of FARXIGA include yeast infections of the vagina or penis, and changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking FARXIGA?
Before you take FARXIGA, tell your healthcare provider:
all of your medical conditions, including problems with your kidneys, liver, bladder, or pancreas
if you have had, or have risk factors for, ketoacidosis (including type 1 diabetes, are eating less due to illness, surgery, or a change in your diet, are going to have surgery, or binge drink)
if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. FARXIGA may harm your unborn baby
if you are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if FARXIGA passes into your breast milk
about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
What is FARXIGA?
FARXIGA is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
FARXIGA should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).