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Forxiga

Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Dapagliflozin

CHINESE NAME: 糖適雅

DRUG CLASS: Antidiabetic drugs

SUB CLASS: SGLT-2 inhibitors

USED FOR: Type 2 diabetes, Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, Chronic kidney disease

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 5mg, 10mg (tablets)

What is Forxiga for?

Forxiga is a brand product that contains Dapagliflozin, which belongs to a class of medications called SGLT-2 inhibitors. It works by reducing sodium reabsorption and increasing the urine output to control blood sugar level. It is therefore used to treat type 2 diabetes, heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

How to use it?

Forxiga is available as tablets. 

For type 2 diabetes, the usual starting dose is 5 mg daily taken in the morning, and may increase up to 10 mg for additional glycemic control.

For chronic kidney disease and heart failure, take 10 mg once daily.

What are the side effects of Forxiga?

Common side effects of Forxiga include more peeing, back pain, and urinary tract infection.

Who should not take Forxiga?

– People who are allergic to Dapagliflozin or any component of the formulation
– Patients with severe renal impairment, or on dialysis.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Diet and exercise are also important in controlling diabetes.
– If you are under surgery, trauma and infection, your dosage may need to change.
– Report any symptoms of burning sensation when peeing as it could be signs of urinary tract infection.
– Report any symptoms of lightheadedness, blurred vision as it could be a sign of hypotension.

Common dosing schedule:
Forxiga can be taken in the morning, with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Forxiga may interact with:
– Insulin
– Sulfonylureas, e.g. Gliclazide

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Forxiga in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Forxiga is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Forxiga in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.