For adults with type 2 diabetes, in addition to diet and exercise
FARXIGA Patient Stories: Sharing Personal Challenges, Strategies, and Successes
I made a lot of changes on my own, but FARXIGA really helped with the big picture.
Business Owner and Part-time Hospice Nurse
I’m a proud mother of four children and a grandmother of two. I’m also a hospice nurse and a business owner, so obviously, I’m always busy. When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I could hardly believe it. I never felt sick and didn’t want type 2 diabetes to slow me down, so I just took the medication my doctor prescribed for me and kept living my life as usual. The thing about being a nurse, and I’ll be the first to admit it, is that I am not the most “compliant” patient. I was still working full time at my business, taking nursing shifts on the weekends, and trying to always be there for my family. So, in my mind, I was living an active life, which meant I was pretty healthy.
Finally, my doctor asked, “Jayne, are you really doing everything you can to keep yourself healthy?” I was confused by the question until I started taking my own blood sugar readings, and saw that she was right. Also, my A1C levels were consistently high. I was floored. Honestly, I was embarrassed because here I am, a nurse, giving other people advice, and trying to help other people be healthy, yet I can’t seem to get my own act together. I guess I was in denial the whole time.
As a nurse and a mother, I am always helping others, but it was time for me to help myself.
My doctor suggested I add FARXIGA to my other diabetes medications, and I’m glad I did. He mentioned that I might see some side effects, such as yeast infections, but once I started taking FARXIGA, I saw my A1C numbers start to drop and I was really excited.
Once I saw my numbers start to drop, I decided it was time for me to put my own health first and learn how to truly manage my type 2 diabetes. I cut down on sweets and carbs dramatically and made sure that my children and I started eating a healthy, low-carb breakfast every morning. I also now exercise for 30 minutes every day.
With all the lifestyle changes I made, I even had to go shopping for new clothes and, most of all, I just feel really good. I made a lot of changes on my own, but FARXIGA really helped with the big picture.
FARXIGA is not indicated for weight loss.
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).