Jardiance or empagliflozin should not be taken if the patient is suffering from any kind of kidney disease or if on regular dialysis and if the patients is in diabetic ketoacidosis condition (in this case, insulin is preferred, talk to your doctor). This medicine is not for people suffering from type 1 diabetes.
How Effective is Jardiance?
Jardiance also known as empagliflozin is a medicine to effectively treat diabetes mainly to control blood sugar level in the body. Jardiance or empagliflozin will help kidney to remove glucose from the main bloodstream.
Jardiance or empagliflozin is taken along with good diet and proper exercise to effectively control blood sugar levels mainly in people suffering from Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Jardiance or empagliflozin also effectively helps to lower risk of getting heart attacks, heart failure, strokes in people having heart diseases and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Jardiance or empagliflozin is not for people suffering from type 1 diabetes.
Points to Know Before Taking Jardiance or Empagliflozin
If you have any allergies to jardiance or empagliflozin or have any of these following health conditions do not take this medicine.
In order to make jardiance or empagliflozin safe for your body you must tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- Low B.P (blood pressure)
- Urination problems
- Kidney disease
- If you are above 65 years
- High cholesterol levels
- Any history of bladder infection
- Congestive heart failure
- If you are having a low salt diet.
It is important to tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant at the time of treatment as it is unknown if jardiance or empagliflozin can harm the unborn baby.
Similarly, tell your doctor if you are breast feeding your child as it is unknown if jardiance or empagliflozin passes through breast milk to the child.
What is the Recommended Dosage of Jardiance?
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes – General Adult Dosage of Jardiance or Empagliflozin
Starting jardiance or empagliflozin dosage: one time in the morning 10 milligrams orally
Maximum jardiance or empagliflozin dosage: one time in the morning 25 milligrams orally
Usage restriction: Jardiance or empagliflozin should not be given if the patient has diabetic ketacidosis or type 1 diabetes
- Jardiance or empagliflozin can be taken with or without food.
- Jardiance or empagliflozin effectively improves the glucemic controls in patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes and is taken along with proper exercise and diet.
What are the Side Effects of Jardiance?
If you experience any side effects taking jardiance or empagliflozin, get immediate medical assistance. In most cases the reactions would be difficulty in breathing, hives or even swelling of throat, lips, face or tongue
If you experience any of these reaction or severe side effects of jardiance or empagliflozin, get immediate medical help:
- Frequent urination
- Genital infection symptoms (vagina or penis) – redness, itching, rashes, discharge, pain, odor, burning
- Ketoacidosis (increased acid levels in blood) – stomach pain, unusual drowsiness, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, confusion, nausea
- Light headed feeling like passing out
- Rapid weight gain, swelling of body, less or no urination
- Bladder infection symptoms – cloudy urine, burning or pain while urination, pain in back or pelvis
- Dehydration symptoms – not able to urinate, dry or hot skin, feeling very thirsty, heavy sweating
- It is possible older adults to have these side effects more than younger people.
Here are the two common side effects of jardiance or empagliflozin:
- Genital infection
- Bladder infection.
How to Take Jardiance?
Jardiance or empagliflozin is in normal cases taken on time in the morning, it is important to follow all the instructions and guidelines that are mentioned in the package label. There are chances for your physician to change the dosage levels from time to time to give you the best results. Also, it is not wise to take jardiance or empagliflozin in larger or smaller quantities than what the doctor has prescribed.
You can take jardiance or empagliflozin with or without food however it is important to take jardiance or empagliflozin at the same time every day
There are chances of having low blood pressure taking jardiance or empagliflozin, if your condition worsens with vomiting or feeling sick or diarrhea, it is important to call your doctor.
Your doctor will check your blood sugar levels very often and also ketones levels in urine. Jardiance or empagliflozin can cause ketoacidosis (life threatening condition) which is increased acid in blood. If your blood sugar levels are normal and have ketones in urine, you must consult your doctor.
There are chances of people suffering from diabetes to have low blood sugar. In normal cases, the symptoms are dizziness, sweating, hunger, nausea, headache, feeling shaky or anxious, fast heart rate, irritability, etc. In order to treat low blood sugar it is important to have a fast acting source of sugar such as non-diet soda, crackers, hard candy, raisins, fruit juice,
Your doctor might also prescribe quick reacting glucagon injection for severe hypoglycemia which is severe low blood sugar. Ask your doctor on how to use the injection as it has to be injected with proper care.
You must also look for hyperglycemia which is high blood sugar; most reactions are blurred vision, tiredness, headache, urination.
There are various factors which could lead and affect blood sugar levels such as alcohol use, surgery, skipping meals, exercise, stress, etc. Therefore, it is important to ask your physician before changing any dosage levels.
Jardiance or empagliflozin will give you positive results with regular glucose test in urine. If any doctor treats you, it is important to tell them about you using jardiance or empagliflozin.
Jardiance or empagliflozin is only a part of the treatment along with weight control, diet, regular sugar testing, exercise and regular care. It is important to watch your doctor’s instructions carefully and follow them.