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What does it do?

Empagliflozin is used to treat diabetes, and sometimes other conditions. It lowers your blood sugar by increasing how much sugar you pee out.

Before you start

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

How should you take it?

Take empagliflozin regularly as directed with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food.

What if you forget a dose?

If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Symptoms of a serious problem called diabetic ketoacidosis including: nausea, vomiting, tummy pain, weakness, confusion, feeling very thirsty or short of breath

Tell your doctor immediately

Urine or genital infection - symptoms may include redness, itching, discharge, pain when peeing, cloudy urine

Tell your doctor

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Test your blood sugar as directed by your health professional.
  • You may need blood tests while you are taking empagliflozin to check how well your kidneys are working.
  • If you are having surgery or a procedure such as a colonoscopy or gastroscopy, it is important to tell your doctor or nurse that you are taking empagliflozin.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023

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My Medicines is developed by a team at Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed