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Jardiance

Jardiance

Jardiance film-coated tablets are a prescription-only medication for type 2 diabetes that cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone.     Jardiance film-coated tablets contain the active ingredient empagliflozin. The tablets also contain cellulose microcrystalline, lactose monohydrate, hydroxy propylcellulose, croscarmellose sodium, colloidal anhydrous silica and magnesium stearate. The film coating contains talc, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol (400) and iron oxide yellow (E172).  

What are Jardiance film-coated tablets? 

Jardiance film-coated tablets are a prescription-only medication for type 2 diabetes that cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone.  
 
Jardiance film-coated tablets contain the active ingredient empagliflozin. The tablets also contain cellulose microcrystalline, lactose monohydrate, hydroxy propylcellulose, croscarmellose sodium, colloidal anhydrous silica and magnesium stearate. The film coating contains talc, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol (400) and iron oxide yellow (E172).  

What are Jardiance film-coated tablets for? 

Jardiance film-coated tablets are used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults 18 years of age or older. It can be used alone or in combination with other medication for type 2 diabetes that cannot be successfully managed by diet and exercise alone. The active ingredient empagliflozin works by allowing glucose, salt and water to be excreted via the urine thereby reducing blood sugar levels. Jardiance may also help prevent heart disease.  

How to take Jardiance film-coated tablets? 

Jardiance film-coated tablets should be swallowed intact with plenty of water. They can be taken at any time of day with or without food; it is advisable to swallow the tablet at the same time each day. It is also important to follow the diet and exercise program recommended by your doctor while taking this medication.  

Dosage 

Jardiance film-coated tablets come in 10 mg and 25 mg doses. The starting dose is one 10 mg tablet once a day and the dose can be increased to 25 mg daily. The 10 mg dose is more suitable than the 25 mg dose for those with kidney problems.  

Side effects 

Some people may experience the following side effects after taking Jardiance film-coated tablets:  
 

  • Thrush;  
  • Frequent urination;  
  • Itching;  
  • Rash;  
  • Thirst;  
  • Low blood sugar (sweating, shaking, anxiety, confusion, racing heart, headache, excessive hunger);  
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (stomach pain, feeling sick, being sick, excessive thirst, confusion, tiredness, changed odour of urine or sweat, sweet smelling breath or taste in mouth);  
  • Urinary tract infection;  
  • Dehydration;  
  • Hives;  
  • Pain or straining when emptying the bladder.   

See the package leaflet for more information on side effects and always report any side effects to a healthcare professional.  

Who should not take Jardiance film-coated tablets? 

Jardiance film-coated tablets are not suitable for anyone who is allergic to empagliflozin or any of the ingredients. Jardiance is not suitable for those 85 years of age or older and should be used with caution in those with serious kidney problems.  

Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol 

Jardiance film-coated tablets are not recommended during pregnancy as there is no information on whether Jardiance is harmful to unborn children. Jardiance film-coated tablets should not be taken while breastfeeding.  
 
Jardiance film-coated tablets may affect driving ability and machinery use if blood sugar levels drop too low and shaking, sweating and affected vision are experienced.  
 
Alcohol consumption should be limited while taking Jardiance film-coated tablets as it can increase the chances of diabetic ketoacidosis (a life-threatening complication) developing.