Jardiance And Weight Loss

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Sue Says:

I just recently started on Jardiance to assist in stabilizing blood sugar. I have Type 2 diabetes and struggle in keeping my A1C within normal range. This drug was added to help reduce sugar and possible weight loss. I am wondering what type of weight loss people are experiencing and what side effects if any. I am only on this med 5 days so far but urinating frequently, does it slow down after some time? That's what my doc said.


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David Says:

Hi Sue,

I have not tried the medication known as Jardiance (empagliflozin) for stabilizing blood sugar levels, but did want to share a brief general list of side effects I came across, courtesy of the FDA [1]:

- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Impaired Renal Function
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Genital Mycotic Infections
- Urinary Tract Infections (not sure if frequent urination may be related to this, but I suppose only time will tell if it slows down or not)
- Increased Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol

Although Jardiance is not technically approved for weight loss, the manufacturer had reported (in another article I read) that "modest weight loss" was observed during clinical trials. I can't put a number on the word "modest" but it sure sounds like some amount of weight loss is to be expected.

Hope this helps!

[1] fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2014/204629s000lbl.pdf

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Rebecca Says:

I have been on this med now for 7 months. I have lost about 45 pounds. It has really given me a food aversion, mostly I think about eating and then feel slightly nauseated. I pee frequently still, about once every 90 minutes. My thirst is frequently insatiable. I will drink several glasses of water, only to have my mouth go absolutely dry in an hour or so. I had to really monitor both blood pressure and blood sugar, and cut down the meds. Plus side: lost weight, A1C is down, insulins & blood pressure meds have been halved. Down side: Some days I think I will go insane if I have to pee one more time. I have had one bladder infection. It is hard to stay hydrated. I am also struggling with slight incontinence. I have stayed on this because for me the weight loss has been great and also the numbers and the lower medications. My advice is to hang in there.

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Suzie Says:
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Hi sue I just started taking this medication, I noticed you posted this back in may how is it working for you?

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Debbie Says:
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I just started taking Jardiance, 4th day and dizziness, will this subside?

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Deb Says:

Can I take Jardiance if I am not a diabetic? I need to lose weight (at least 30 lbs). Is it possible? I take Losartan 50 mg + 2 vitamin D 4000 IU and 1 Aspirin a day. Please help.

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Elizabeth Says:

Hi. I've been on this medication, jardiance for 10 days and lost about 7 lbs. My side effects were frequent urination, running to the loo with frequent bowel movements and feeling tired. Is this common?

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Mark Says:
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Re: Elizabeth (# 6)

Been on jardiance 25mg for 6months or so. Previously been on metformin max dose and janouvia,but diabetes out of control.taking all three now. Am exercising and dieting moderately but the jardiance is the difference maker. Lost 28kg and my blood sugar 4.1 this morning. Will come off met formin and janouvia.

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JoeyQ Says:

Type 2 Diabetes currently on Metformin 2000mg and Jardiance 10mg, newly prescribed.

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Reggie Says:
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I have been on jardiance 10mg for 3 weeks and have not lost weight. I am a diabetic. Is a 25mg dose better to lose weight with? I was on 100mgs of Invocana and did lose weight.

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