Before taking dapagliflozin,
tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to dapagliflozin, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in dapagliflozin tablets. Ask your pharmacist or check the Medication Guide for a list of the ingredients.
tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin, in Lotrel), captopril, enalapril (Vasotec, in Vaseretic), fosinopril, lisinopril (in Zestoretic), moexipril (Univasc, in Uniretic), perindopril (Aceon, in Prestalia), ramipril (Altace), and trandolapril (Mavik, in Tarka); angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) such as azilsartan (Edarbi, in Edarbyclor), candesartan (Atacand, in Atacand HCT), eprosartan (Teveten), irbesartan (Avapro, in Avalide), losartan (Cozaar, in Hyzaar), olmesartan (Benicar, in Azor, in Benicar HCT, in Tribenzor), telmisartan (Micardis, in Micardis HCT, in Twynsta); aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn); diabetes medications such as glimepiride (Amaryl, in Duetact), glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase), repaglinide (Prandin, in Prandimet), and tolbutamide; diuretics ('water pills'); and insulin.
tell your doctor if you are on dialysis and if you have or have ever had kidney disease. Your doctor may tell you not to take dapagliflozin.
tell your doctor if you regularly drink alcohol or sometimes drink large amounts of alcohol in a short time (binge drinking) or if you are on a low sodium diet. Also tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart failure, pancreatic disease including pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas) or have had surgery on your pancreas, urinary tract infections or problems urinating, low blood pressure, bladder cancer, yeast infections in the genital area, or liver disease. If you are male, tell your doctor if you have never been circumcised. Also tell your doctor, if you eating less due to illness, surgery or a change in your diet, or have recently had diarrhea, vomiting, not been drinking enough fluids, been in the sun too long, or have been sweating a lot, which may cause dehydration (loss of a large amount of body fluids).
tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking dapagliflozin, call your doctor.
if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking dapagliflozin.
alcohol may cause a change in blood sugar. Ask your doctor about the safe use of alcoholic beverages while you are taking dapagliflozin.
you should know that dapagliflozin may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. If you have this problem, call your doctor. This problem is more common when you first start taking dapagliflozin. To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.
ask your doctor what to do if you get sick, develop an infection or fever, experience unusual stress, or are injured. These conditions can affect your blood sugar and the amount of dapagliflozin you may need.