Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S belongs to a class of drugs called “hypoglycemics” (anti-diabetics, sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors) that are used to treat and prevent the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. At times it can be used alongside insulin to treat type 1 diabetes mellitus as well.
Type 1 diabetes mellitus, also known as, insulin-dependent diabetes, is an auto-immune response responsible for the loss of Beta calls in the pancreas leading to failure in production of adequate amounts of insulin. Etiology of the auto-immune response is unknown.
Type 2 diabetes, also known as non insulin-dependent diabetes, is a condition resulting from a combination of insulin resistance, i.e, body cells failing to respond properly to the insulin produced, inadequate insulin secretion, and excessive production of glucagon. Progression of the disease may lead to insulin deficiency that results in hyperglycemia. (high blood sugar levels)
This medicine is available in tablet form on prescription. It is prescribed to lower blood sugar levels by removing excess sugar from the body, through urine
Dosage of Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S depends on age, severity of condition, patient's response to medicine and their comorbidities.
Common side effects of this medication are dizziness, back pain, frequent urge to urinate, mild rash, thrush (oropharyngeal candidiasis - fungus growing in the mouth and throat)
Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S is prescribed to adults. It is used in the treatment of:
It is an anti-diabetic medication that works by lowering blood sugar levels by removing excess sugar from the body, through urine.
Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S can be taken with or without meals, any time of the day as long as it's around the same time everyday.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
For type 2 diabetes:
For type 1 diabetes:
If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, please consult your doctor before using Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S. If you are breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before taking Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S. Usually it is not prescribed while breastfeeding as it could possibly affect the growth and development of the baby’s kidneys.
Please inform your doctor if you have a history of any before using Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S:
Please tell your doctor about any of the following conditions while using Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S:
Certain medications could interact with Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S, hence, in that case your doctor might alter your dosage and make sure to monitor blood sugar levels more closely.
Please inform your doctor about the use of the following before taking Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S:
Like most medicines, Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S has some side effects which include:
Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any of the serious side effects.
1. WHAT EXACTLY DOES Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S DO?
It is a sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor that works by lowering blood sugar levels by removing excess sugar from the body, through urine.
2. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S TO START WORKING?
It starts working after a couple of hours but might take upto a week to become fully effective. Initially, you might not feel that it is effective, but that does not mean you stop taking the medicine thinking it is not working. Make sure to continue taking Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S as directed by your doctor.
3. HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO TAKE Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S FOR?
Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S is usually prescribed for long term use, possibly life long. Your dosage and time period is decided by your doctor after knowing the severity of your condition.
4. CAN I STOP TAKING Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S?
This medicine largely controls your blood sugar levels, but does not cure your condition. Hence, do not just stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor, otherwise your condition could possibly get worse.
5. DOES Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN OR WEIGHT LOSS?
Unlike most hypoglycemics it doesn't cause weight gain but some individuals have shown to lose weight while taking Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S.
6. WHAT IF I TAKE TOO MUCH OF Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S?
An overdose of Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) indicated by feeling hungry, trembling or shaking, sweating, feeling confused and having problems concentrating. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these signs.
7. WHAT IF I FORGET TO TAKE Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S?
Incase you miss a dose, take your next dose on time and do not try making up for the missed dose by doubling it up. If it helps to remind you, set an alarm so you do not miss any dose.
8. CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE TAKING Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S?
Drinking alcohol in moderation is not harmful. However, patients who have type 1 diabetes mellitus can develop diabetic ketoacidosis as a result of dehydration if they drink alcohol.
9. CAN I TAKE Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S BEFORE SURGERY ?
Inform your doctor that you are using Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S before surgery as he/she might ask you to stop taking the medicine before your operation. This is important as with the use of Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S there is a high risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (life threatening condition that occurs when blood glucose levels are too high)
10. CAN I DRIVE OR RIDE A BIKE AFTER TAKING Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S?
Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S alone might not affect your ability to drive or ride a bike, but when given in combination with other medicines, it could result in low blood sugar levels resulting in loss of concentration vision impairment (your eyesight is affected). To be on the safe side, always carry fast acting carbohydrates (like sweets and juice) to prevent your body from going into a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
11. HOW SHOULD Dapa 5mg Tablet 14 'S BE STORED?
Keep the medicine at room temperature in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Make sure to keep it away from pets, children and other people.