A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Forxiga in the UK
Farxiga is a medication prescribed to lower blood sugar in people with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Farxiga is not approved to treat Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. It should be used in combination with diet and lifestyle modifications.
Farxiga may also be prescribed for people with heart failure to reduce the risk of heart failure hospitalizations.
Farxiga causes the kidneys to excrete more glucose into the urine. This action causes a blood sugar lowering effect for people with diabetes.
Farxiga is available in two different strengths: 5 mg tablets and 10 mg tablets.
The usual dosage is 5-10 mg by mouth once daily. Farxiga can be taken with or without food. It can be taken with or without a meal.
The active ingredient in Farxiga generic is Dapagliflozin.
Farxiga works by lowering blood sugar levels, and other agents that lower the blood sugar increase the risk for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Some of these agents include:
Farxiga should not be used to treat diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which is a medical emergency.
Farxiga should not be used in severe renal impairment or patients on dialysis.
Use caution if you are taking diuretics or have low blood pressure.
A rare but serious side effect of Farxiga is Fournier’s gangrene, which is a serious and life-threatening infection that affects the genitals and perineal region.
Common Farxiga side effects may include:
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