What should I expect with JARDIANCE?

AND MORE FAQs FROM REAL PATIENTS.

We’re not the only ones talking. Real people with type 2 diabetes have been asking——and answering——questions about JARDIANCE. We built this page to capture the conversation. Whether you’re taking JARDIANCE to lower your A1C or you also have heart disease and are taking JARDIANCE to reduce your risk of CV death, find answers to your questions——from us, and from real-life patients——below.

Taking JARDIANCE About CV About A1C JARDIANCE Asks YOU

Taking JARDIANCE

  • Q: “How do I take JARDIANCE?”

    A: First things first. JARDIANCE (empagliflozin) is a once-daily pill taken in the morning, available in both 10 mg and 25 mg doses. Make sure you take JARDIANCE exactly as your doctor prescribes.

    Q: “What about common side effects?”

    A: The most common side effects of JARDIANCE include urinary tract infections in males and females and yeast infections in females. Make sure you ask your doctor about all the possible safety concerns as you consider adding JARDIANCE to your routine.

    Q: “How can adding JARDIANCE help me?”

    A: We get it. We know adding a medication can feel like a burden. The truth is, type 2 diabetes is a condition that may require you to make some changes——often meaning different medicines at different times. And if you have type 2 diabetes and heart disease, you are at increased risk for potentially fatal CV events, even if you are taking CV medications.

    Adding a medication, along with diet and exercise, can help you get better control over your blood sugar and reduce the risk of CV death (if you also have heart disease). Talk with your doctor——ask if now is the right time to add JARDIANCE.

    Q: “Can I take JARDIANCE with other common type 2 diabetes medications?”

    A: Ok, so JARDIANCE can be taken along with many common type 2 diabetes medications, such as metformin, sulfonylurea, pioglitazone, and insulin.

    But, if you take JARDIANCE with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered——so be sure to tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take.

    Q: “Can I take JARDIANCE with other CV medications?”

    A: JARDIANCE can be taken with other common CV medicines, such as statins, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics——but you have to remember that JARDIANCE does not replace the other medications you have been prescribed. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take.

    Q: “How can I stay motivated as I’m starting JARDIANCE?”

    A: When it comes to staying on top of your type 2 diabetes, the American Heart Association recommends creating your own trusted support team of doctors, specialists, family, and friends. This is why a free call with a Certified Diabetes Educator can be very useful——see if you qualify to start yours today.

    Take each day one at a time. It’ a marathon, not a sprint. - Andre R.

About CV

  • Q: “What exactly is cardiovascular (CV) disease?”

    A: Cardiovascular disease, or CV disease for short, includes heart disease, narrowing or blockage of the arteries, and/or a history of CV events like a heart attack or stroke. The thing is, if you have CV disease, you have increased CV risk, which means you have an increased chance of having a CV event. And if you have type 2 diabetes and CV disease, JARDIANCE can significantly reduce your risk of a fatal cardiovascular event.

    With so much important information about CV disease, please ask, ask, ask. Find out what you need to know. — Helen F.

    Q: “How are type 2 diabetes and CV disease connected?”

    A: Over time, high blood sugar levels can lead to a buildup of plaque in your blood vessels, increasing your chance of a cardiovascular (CV) event like a heart attack or stroke. If you have been diagnosed with a CV event, or a disease of the arteries, you have CV disease——and even higher CV risk.

    Q: “What do you mean by CV death?”

    A: When a CV event like a heart attack or stroke becomes fatal, it’s considered a CV death. That’s the kind of event that we’re referring to when we say: JARDIANCE can significantly reduce the risk of CV death for adults who have type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

    Relax——don’t let CV risk overwhelm you. — Helen F.

    Q: “If I’m managing my blood sugar and taking CV medication(s), am I still at risk?”

    A: With type 2 diabetes and heart disease, your risk of a fatal CV event is high, even if you are currently taking heart medications to treat medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Keep in mind that while managing blood sugar is helpful, alone it does not significantly reduce CV risk.

About A1C

  • Q: “When could I start seeing results?”

    A: When it comes to results, everyone’s experience can be different. So be sure to talk to your doctor about tracking your personal A1C goals. In clinical trials of adults with type 2 diabetes, some patients experienced lower A1C numbers 24 weeks into their treatment.*

    *In a 24-week clinical study of adults with type 2 diabetes, 12% of people taking placebo saw their A1C drop below 7% by 24 weeks, compared with 35% of people taking JARDIANCE 10 mg and 44% of those taking JARDIANCE 25 mg.

    Q: “How can I keep track of my progress?”

    A:

    Test yourself. The numbers don’t lie——they keep me honest and motivate me. — Helen F.

    Be sure to measure your blood sugar as your doctor recommends. At your next appointment, your doctor can update you on your A1C and help you identify trends in your blood glucose.

    Q: “If I’m taking medication, do I still need to work out?”

    A:

    An active lifestyle can help keep your numbers down, but a sluggish lifestyle gets you sluggish numbers. — Randy J.

    It helps to think of working out as just being more active. Walk to work, ride bikes with your kids, take the stairs instead of an elevator——getting in physical activity can have a positive impact on your blood sugar. Of course, these are just tips to get you started. Always check with your doctor before starting or changing an exercise program.

    Q: “What can I do to better manage my eating habits?”

    A: Maintaining blood sugar often has to do with limiting carb intake and avoiding foods with a high glycemic index; however, you and your doctor should set a diet plan that is specific to your needs.

    Learn to read food labels. It can help a lot. — Randy J.

    Kale is my best friend. It’ filling, low in calories, and flavorful. — Soraya S.

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The fact is, JARDIANCE has some great benefits, but it may not be for everyone. Ask your doctor if JARDIANCE is right for you——and what else you should know as you start your treatment.

Terms & Conditions:
Patients 18 years or older taking JARDIANCE medication and enrolled in JARDIANCE patient support are eligible for a free phone session with a Certified Diabetes Educator. Phone session may be up to 30 minutes and is for a one-time use only. One session per patient, not transferable, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Program not health insurance. Offer may change at any time, without notice.

What is JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes, and also to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes who have known cardiovascular disease.

JARDIANCE is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Dehydration. JARDIANCE can cause some people to have dehydration (the loss of body water and salt). Dehydration may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, light-headed, or weak, especially when you stand up. You may be at a higher risk of dehydration if you: have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including water pills (diuretics), are on a low salt diet, have kidney problems, are 65 years of age or older.
  • Ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine). Ketoacidosis is a serious condition and may need to be treated in the hospital. Ketoacidosis may lead to death. Ketoacidosis occurs in people with type 1 diabetes and can also occur in people with type 2 diabetes taking JARDIANCE, even if blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL. Stop taking JARDIANCE and call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms, and if possible, check for ketones in your urine: nausea, vomiting, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing.
  • Serious urinary tract infections. Serious urinary tract infections can occur in people taking JARDIANCE and may lead to hospitalization. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection such as a burning feeling when passing urine, a need to urinate often or right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach or pelvis, or blood in the urine. Sometimes people also may have a fever, back pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take JARDIANCE may get vaginal yeast infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), and/or vaginal itching.
  • Yeast infection of the penis. Men who take JARDIANCE may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis, especially uncircumcised males and those with chronic infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience redness, itching or swelling of the penis, rash of the penis, foul smelling discharge from the penis, and/or pain in the skin around the penis.

Who should not take JARDIANCE?

  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you are allergic to empagliflozin or any of the ingredients in JARDIANCE. Symptoms of serious allergic reactions to JARDIANCE may include: skin rash, raised red patches on your skin (hives), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking JARDIANCE and contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis.

What should I tell my doctor before using JARDIANCE?

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during your treatment with JARDIANCE. Also tell your doctor if you have liver problems; have a history of urinary tract infections or problems with urination; are going to have surgery; are eating less due to illness, surgery, or a change in your diet; have or have had problems with your pancreas, including pancreatitis or surgery on your pancreas; drink alcohol very often, or drink a lot of alcohol in the short term (“binge” drinking); have any other medical conditions; are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is unknown if JARDIANCE will harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if JARDIANCE passes into your breast milk.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take water pills (diuretics) or medicines that can lower your blood sugar such as insulin.

What are other possible side effects of JARDIANCE?

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia): if you take JARDIANCE with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking or feeling jittery.
  • Kidney Problems. Sudden kidney injury has happened in people taking JARDIANCE. Talk to your doctor right away if you reduce the amount you eat or drink, or if you lose liquids; for example, from vomiting, diarrhea, or being in the sun too long.
  • Increased fats in your blood (cholesterol).

The most common side effects of JARDIANCE include urinary tract infections and yeast infections in females.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

For more information, please see Prescribing Information and Patient Information.

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What is JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE is a prescription medicine used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes, and also to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes who have known cardiovascular disease.

JARDIANCE is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about JARDIANCE?

JARDIANCE can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Dehydration. JARDIANCE can cause some people to have dehydration (the loss of body water and salt). Dehydration may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, light-headed, or weak, especially when you stand up. You may be at a higher risk of dehydration if you: have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including water pills (diuretics), are on a low salt diet, have kidney problems, are 65 years of age or older.
  • Ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine). Ketoacidosis is a serious condition and may need to be treated in the hospital. Ketoacidosis may lead to death. Ketoacidosis occurs in people with type 1 diabetes and can also occur in people with type 2 diabetes taking JARDIANCE, even if blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL. Stop taking JARDIANCE and call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms, and if possible, check for ketones in your urine: nausea, vomiting, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing.
  • Serious urinary tract infections. Serious urinary tract infections can occur in people taking JARDIANCE and may lead to hospitalization. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection such as a burning feeling when passing urine, a need to urinate often or right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach or pelvis, or blood in the urine. Sometimes people also may have a fever, back pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take JARDIANCE may get vaginal yeast infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), and/or vaginal itching.
  • Yeast infection of the penis. Men who take JARDIANCE may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis, especially uncircumcised males and those with chronic infections. Talk to your doctor if you experience redness, itching or swelling of the penis, rash of the penis, foul smelling discharge from the penis, and/or pain in the skin around the penis.

Who should not take JARDIANCE?

  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you are allergic to empagliflozin or any of the ingredients in JARDIANCE. Symptoms of serious allergic reactions to JARDIANCE may include: skin rash, raised red patches on your skin (hives), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking JARDIANCE and contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
  • Do not take JARDIANCE if you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis.

What should I tell my doctor before using JARDIANCE?

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during your treatment with JARDIANCE. Also tell your doctor if you have liver problems; have a history of urinary tract infections or problems with urination; are going to have surgery; are eating less due to illness, surgery, or a change in your diet; have or have had problems with your pancreas, including pancreatitis or surgery on your pancreas; drink alcohol very often, or drink a lot of alcohol in the short term (“binge” drinking); have any other medical conditions; are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is unknown if JARDIANCE will harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if JARDIANCE passes into your breast milk.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take water pills (diuretics) or medicines that can lower your blood sugar such as insulin.

What are other possible side effects of JARDIANCE?

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia): if you take JARDIANCE with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking or feeling jittery.
  • Kidney Problems. Sudden kidney injury has happened in people taking JARDIANCE. Talk to your doctor right away if you reduce the amount you eat or drink, or if you lose liquids; for example, from vomiting, diarrhea, or being in the sun too long.
  • Increased fats in your blood (cholesterol).

The most common side effects of JARDIANCE include urinary tract infections and yeast infections in females.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

For more information, please see Prescribing Information and Patient Information.

JAR CONS ISI 1.11.17

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