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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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 and are taking FARXIGA to lower your blood sugar
are on dialysis
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). There have been reports of sudden kidney injury in people with type 2 diabetes who are taking FARXIGA. You may be at a higher risk of dehydration if you take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including water pills (diuretics); are age 65 or older; are on a low salt diet, or have kidney problems. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to prevent dehydration including how much fluid you should drink on a daily basis
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
Serious urinary tract infections (UTI), some that lead to hospitalization, occurred in people taking FARXIGA. Tell your healthcare provider 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
Bacterial infections under the skin of the genitals and areas around them. Rare but serious infections that cause severe tissue damage under the skin of the genitals and areas around them have happened with FARXIGA. This infection has happened in women and men and may lead to hospitalization, surgeries and death. Seek medical attention immediately if you have fever or you are feeling very weak, tired or uncomfortable and you also develop any pain or tenderness, swelling, or redness of the skin in the genitals and areas around them
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
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 to:
improve blood sugar control along with diet and exercise in adults with type 2 diabetes
reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure in adults with type 2 diabetes and known cardiovascular disease or multiple cardiovascular risk factors
reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in adults with heart failure (when the heart is weak and cannot pump enough blood to the rest of your body)
FARXIGA should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).