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Jardiance is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. But does it have any effect on weight?
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What is Jardiance?
Jardiance is the brand name for the diabetes medication empagliflozin. It’s used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes. It’s also used in adults with type 1 diabetes when other treatments aren’t working well. Jardiance belongs to a class of drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Jardiance works by helping your kidneys get rid of glucose in your urine. This helps lower your blood sugar levels.
How does Jardiance work?
Jardiance is a type 2 diabetes medication that helps lower blood sugar levels. It belongs to a class of drugs called sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.
SGLT2 inhibitors work by preventing the reabsorption of glucose (sugar) by the kidney, which causes the body to eliminate excess glucose through urine. This process can also lead to weight loss because the body is using up stored glucose for energy.
In clinical trials, Jardiance was shown to cause an average weight loss of about 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) in people with type 2 diabetes. However, not everyone who takes Jardiance will lose weight. Weight loss is usually greatest in people who have a lot of excess weight to lose and who also have high blood sugar levels.
If you’re interested in trying Jardiance for weight loss, talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.
Does Jardiance cause weight loss?
There is limited research on whether Jardiance causes weight loss, but the availableevidence does not suggest that it does. One study found that people taking Jardiance lost an average of 0.7% of their body weight after 24 weeks, while those taking a placebo (a “sugar pill” with no active ingredient) lost an average of 1.3% of their body weight. However, the study did not find that Jardiance caused more weight loss than the placebo.
Other research has found that Jardiance may have a modest effect on appetite, but it is not clear if this leads to weight loss. One study found that people taking Jardiance reported feeling slightly less hungry than those taking a placebo, but there was no difference in how much food they ate or how much weight they lost over the course of the study.
Overall, the evidence does not suggest that Jardiance causes weight loss. If you are concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor about other ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
Are there any side effects of Jardiance?
The most common side effect of Jardiance is low blood sugar (called hypoglycemia). If you have type 1 diabetes, you should check your blood sugar levels more often when you first start taking Jardiance, and if your dose is increased. Low blood sugar can happen more often when Jardiance is taken with certain other diabetes medicines. Tell your healthcare provider if this happens because you may need to change your dose.
Other side effects of Jardiance may include upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, and cold symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, sinus pain, or stuffy nose.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Jardiance. For more information ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
How do I take Jardiance?
Jardiance is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It can help control blood sugar levels by causing the body to release more insulin. Jardiance is not a weight loss drug, but some people may experience weight loss as a side effect. Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects of Jardiance and whether it may be right for you.
What should I avoid while taking Jardiance?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may increase your risk of developing low blood sugar.
Jardiance may cause a serious side effect called ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a condition that can lead to diabetic coma (passing out for a long period of time) or even death.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
-nausea or vomiting
-increased heart rate
– dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache
Are there any other precautions or warnings for Jardiance?
Yes, there are other precautions and warnings for Jardiance. One is that it may cause low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. You should check your blood sugar levels regularly while taking this medication. If you have diabetes, you should check your blood sugar level before and after meals and at bedtime. If you take Jardiance with another medication that can cause low blood sugar (such as insulin or a sulfonylurea), your risk of having low blood sugar is increased.
Jardiance may also cause weight loss. This can be due to the fact that Jardiance lowers blood sugar levels, and when blood sugar levels are low, the body may break down stored fat for energy. Weight loss can also occur because Jardiance causes the body to lose water through urination. If you are losing a lot of weight quickly, or if you are not eating enough calories, you should talk to your healthcare provider.
Rarely, Jardiance may cause a serious condition called ketoacidosis (high levels of ketones in the blood). Ketoacidosis is more likely to occur if you have type 1 diabetes, if you have had a recent infection or injury, or if you drink alcohol. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, fruity-smelling breath, and confusion. If you experience these symptoms while taking Jardiance, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
What are the possible side effects of Jardiance?
The most common side effects of Jardiance include:
-Urinary tract infections
-Yeast infections of the mouth or vagina
-Changes in urination, including decreased urination or an increase in urinary urgency or frequency
Less common side effects of Jardiance include:
-Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
-Upper respiratory tract infection, including sore throat, sinus infection, and nasal congestion