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What is Jardiance?

Jardiance (empagliflozin) is a medication prescribed for improving blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients. Jardiance is also used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, Jardiance can be prescribed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with heart failure.

Jardiance is highly effective. In patients with type 2 diabetes, clinical studies have shown that Jardiance can reduce hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, fasting plasma glucose (FPG), and body weight after 24 weeks of treatment. Jardiance can be prescribed by itself or in combination with other medications like metformin, sulfonylurea, linagliptin, and insulin.

Jardiance should be taken orally. It is typically prescribed for once daily use, preferably in the morning at the same time each day to help you remember. Jardiance can be taken with or without food, but the tablets should not be crushed. These are the general guidelines for taking Jardiance. You should always follow your prescribing doctor's instructions to ensure the safe and beneficial use of Jardiance.

Jardiance Dosage

When you order from a reputable online Canadian pharmacy like My Drug Center, you will find that Jardiance is offered in the standard dosage strengths of 10 mg and 25 mg. Your prescribed dosage will depend on your condition. Below are the dosages that are commonly prescribed for type 2 diabetes and adult heart failure. These are the general Jardiance dosing guidelines, and you should always follow the exact dosage prescribed by your doctor.

Jardiance Dosage for Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients are usually started on 10 mg once daily. You can take this pill with or without food.

If your treatment with this dosage strength progresses well, your doctor may increase your dose to 25 mg per day.

Jardiance Dosage for Adults with Heart Failure

The recommended starting dosage is 10 mg once daily for adults with heart failure. During treatment, you will have to see your doctor regularly for blood tests or kidney function tests. Based on your results, your doctor will adjust your dosage accordingly.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, skip the missed dose if it is already almost time for your next dose. Never take two doses at the same time or adverse effects may occur.

Precautions and Side Effects

Before starting on Jardiance, your doctor will need to know about your medical history. If you have low blood pressure, kidney disease, or a history of genital yeast infections, it is especially important to inform your doctor. This is because Jardiance can cause kidney damage in some people, so those currently with kidney disease may be at a higher risk of side effects.

Jardiance Common Side Effects

Common side effects of Jardiance may include urinary tract infections (UTIs) and vaginal yeast infections. Symptoms of these side effects include:

  • Burning while urinating
  • Cloudy urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Itching, soreness, or pain while urinating

Jardiance Serious Side Effects

Jardiance may also cause more serious side effects, although these are generally rarer. Below are some of the possible severe side effects of Jardiance. If you experience any serious side effect, it is important to seek medical attention promptly.

Serious side effects of Jardiance may include:

  • Low blood pressure (hypotension), which may cause light-headedness, dizziness, depression, clammy skin, and the loss of consciousness.
  • Kidney damage, which may cause symptoms such as fatigue, confusion, decreased urination, and leg and ankle swelling.
  • Increased LDL cholesterol. While this side effect may not present symptoms, increased LDL cholesterol may cause damage to your arteries and increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Other serious side effects that may occur include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Genital yeast infection
  • Ketoacidosis
  • UTIs
  • Fournier's gangrene


What drugs and medications interact with Jardiance?

Because Jardiance works by lowering your blood sugar levels, certain diabetes drugs can cause low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) when taken together. Jardiance may also interact with certain blood pressure medications like furosemide and spironolactone. The list of Jardiance drug interactions is long. Always inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking prior to treatment.

Does Jardiance interact with any foods?

Certain foods, such as garlic, can lower your blood sugar levels. When taken with Jardiance, you may experience hypoglycemia. Green tea is also known to lower blood sugar. Jardiance may interact with caffeine as well. If you are not sure about certain foods, ask your doctor before eating or drinking them with Jardiance.

What drug class does Jardiance belong to?

Jardiance is a SGLT2 inhibitor, a relatively new drug class that has improved diabetes management in the recent years. Some of the benefits of SGLT2 inhibitors include:

  • Lower risk of low blood pressure
  • Effective blood sugar management
  • Cardiovascular health benefits as shown in some studies

Can I drink alcohol while taking Jardiance?

While alcohol does not directly impact the effectiveness of Jardiance, it can worsen certain effects like increased urination. Combining alcohol and Jardiance can also lead to dehydration and low blood pressure. It is recommended to avoid alcohol while taking Jardiance. Ask your doctor for more information about how alcohol can affect your treatment.

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