Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Do not change your dose unless directed by your doctor.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

While taking the extended-release tablet, part of it may pass into your stools. This is normal and is nothing to worry about.

Carefully follow the special meal plan your doctor gave you. This is the most important part of controlling your diabetes, and will help the medicine work properly. Exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed.

Tell your doctor if you are on a low-salt or sodium diet.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (extended-release tablets):
    • For type 2 diabetes:
      • Adults—At first, 5 milligrams (mg) once a day in the morning with food. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed and tolerated. However, the dose is usually not more than dapagliflozin 10 mg and metformin 2000 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • To lower risk of hospitalization for heart failure:
      • Adults—10 milligrams (mg) once a day in the morning.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.