FAQs ABOUT SWITDAPA 5 TABLET
What is SWITDAPA 5 TABLET used for?
SWITDAPA 5 TABLET is used to treat Type II diabetes mellitus in adults and in children (aged 10 years or older) when diet and exercise does not result in adequate control on blood glucose levels. It can also be used to treat heart failure and chronic kidney disease (reduced kidney function) in adults.
Is SWITDAPA 5 TABLET safe to use in children?
SWITDAPA 5 TABLET can be used in children and adolescents (aged 10 years or older) for the treatment of type II diabetes. It is not recommended for use in children aged below 10 years due to lack of safety data. It is also not suitable for treating heart failure and kidney disease in children aged below 18 years. However, consult your doctor before taking it.
Can the use of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET cause weight loss?
SWITDAPA 5 TABLET may cause weight loss in some individuals. It is because of excessive loss of fluid from the body in the form of urine. However, consult your doctor if this side effect troubles you.
Can SWITDAPA 5 TABLET affects pregnancy?
SWITDAPA 5 TABLET is generally not recommended for use in pregnant women especially during the second and third trimesters. Therefore, consult your doctor for advice.
Can SWITDAPA 5 TABLET cause urinary tract infection?
Yes, taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET may cause urinary tract infections in few peoples. Not every individual gets the side effect, so it is always better to practice good hygiene. Contact your doctor for advice.
How does SWITDAPA 5 TABLET work?
SWITDAPA 5 TABLET is a SGLT-2 inhibitor. It works by blocking the action of a protein called SGLT-2 in the kidneys. This action prevents the reabsorption of glucose and sodium ions in the kidneys. As a result, it excretes excess glucose from the body in the form urine leading to decrease in blood sugar levels. It also protects kidney function and prevents it from further damage. Additionally, it reduces the strain on the heart and helps it to pump blood more efficiently with less pressure.
How and when to take SWITDAPA 5 TABLET?
Take SWITDAPA 5 TABLET as advised by your physician. Swallow the medicine with a glass of water. Do not cursh or chew the medicine. It can be taken with or without meals.
How long should I take SWITDAPA 5 TABLET?
You need to take SWITDAPA 5 TABLET as long as your doctor prescribes you the medicine. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration of therapy for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition
What to do if I forgot to take a dose of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET?
If you forgot to take a dose of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for the next dose of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET, skip the missed dose and take the next one regularly. Do not take a double dose of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET to compensate the missed ones.
What are the most common side effects of taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET?
The most common side effects of taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET are genital infections, back pain, passing more urine, constipation, dizziness and rash. Contact your physician if any of these side effect worsens.
Can I stop taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET without consulting your doctor?
No. You should not stop taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET without consulting your doctor because it may lead to reversal of symptoms. If you feel better after using SWITDAPA 5 TABLET, consult your doctor for advice.
Will taking a higher dose of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET be more effective?
No, taking a higher dose of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET will not be effective rather it can lead to toxicity. Always take the dose prescribed by your doctor. If the prescribed dose is not effective for you, consult your doctor for advice. Your doctor might increase the dose or suggest an alternative therapy.
What precautions do I need to follow while taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET?
Before taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET inform your doctor if you have any liver or kidney problems. You must also inform your doctor if you have severe low blood pressure or are severely dehydrated due to excessive vomiting or diarrhea. Along with the therapy, follow the diet and lifestyle changes advised by your doctor to achieve better results. Consult your doctor before taking SWITDAPA 5 TABLET if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Can I take SWITDAPA 5 TABLET with metformin?
Studies have shown that the combination of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET with metformin may effectively control blood sugar levels. However, the combination should be used only under careful medical supervision.
Can SWITDAPA 5 TABLET be taken with insulin?
Co-administration of SWITDAPA 5 TABLET with insulin is considered risky as they are increased chances of hypoglycemia (decreased blood sugar levels). Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.
Can SWITDAPA 5 TABLET cause constipation?
Yes. Constipation is a common side effect of using SWITDAPA 5 TABLET. Eat plenty of fiber rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, cereals as well as drink plenty of water and exercise more regularly while taking this medicine. Contact your doctor if this side effect bothers you.