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Farxiga | dapagliflozin
Drug Class: Sodium-Glucose Co-Transporter-2 (SGLT2) Inhibitor
Similar Drugs: Invokana (canagliflozin)
Manufacturer: Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca
Approval Date: January 2014
What is Farxiga
Farxiga is a medication that decreases blood glucose (sugar) in people with diabetes by blocking the kidney from reabsorbing glucose and removing excess glucose through the urine. It does this by blocking the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) which is an enzyme (protein) in the kidney that is responsible for reabsorbing glucose back into the body. Lowering high blood glucose can help prevent nerve problems, blindness, and kidney damage in people with diabetes. Proper control of blood glucose can also decrease the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.
What is Farxiga used for
Farxiga is indicated for blood glucose control in patients who have type 2 diabetes. It should be used together with a proper diet and exercise.
How well does Farxiga work
How is Farxiga different from other diabetes agents
What is the dosage of Farxiga
Farxiga comes in 5 mg and 10 mg tablets. The starting dose of Farxiga is 5 mg once daily in the morning, with or without food. Patients who need additional blood glucose control can be increased to a dose of 10 mg once daily.
What are the side effects of Farxiga
Common: Fungal infections especially in women; common cold symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, or nasal congestion; urinary tract infections
Serious: Low blood glucose (if taken with another blood glucose lowering agent), kidney problems, increase in cholesterol, low blood pressure, bladder cancer
Farxiga Drug Interactions
There are no known drug interactions. It does not interact with metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), sitagliptin (Januvia), glimepiride (Amaryl), simvastatin (Zocor), or hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide).
What is the price of Farxiga
The price of Farxiga at the local pharmacy for both 5 mg and 10 mg tablets is about $11.57 per tablet and $343.99 for a 30 day supply (30 tablets).
How to obtain prescription cost assistance for Farxiga
Use these resources for cost assistance
Call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363), for any questions regarding AstraZeneca programs, eligibility requirements, or the application process
Farxiga Prescribing Information (Package Insert, Label)
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