Brand Names: Steglatro
Generic Name: ertugliflozin
- What is ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
- What are the possible side effects of ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
- How should I take ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Steglatro)?
- What happens if I overdose (Steglatro)?
- What should I avoid while taking ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
- What other drugs will affect ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
- Where can I get more information (Steglatro)?
What is ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
Ertugliflozin is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. Ertugliflozin works by helping the kidneys get rid of glucose from your bloodstream.
Ertugliflozin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Seek medical attention right away if you have signs of a genital infection (penis or vagina): burning, itching, odor, discharge, pain, tenderness, redness or swelling of the genital or rectal area, fever, not feeling well. These symptoms may get worse quickly.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- new pain, tenderness, sores, ulcers, or infections in your legs or feet;
- little or no urination;
- ketoacidosis (too much acid in the blood)--nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, confusion, unusual drowsiness, or trouble breathing;
- dehydration symptoms--dizziness, weakness, feeling light-headed (like you might pass out); or
- signs of a bladder infection--pain or burning when you urinate, increased urination, blood in your urine, fever, pain in your pelvis or back.
Some side effects may be more likely to occur in older adults.
Common side effects may include:
- genital yeast infections; or
- urinating more than usual.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
You should not use ertugliflozin if you have severe kidney disease or if you are on dialysis.
Ertugliflozin can cause serious infections in the penis or vagina. Get medical help right away if you have burning, itching, odor, discharge, pain, tenderness, redness or swelling of the genital or rectal area, fever, or if you don't feel well.
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
You should not use ertugliflozin if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis).
Ertugliflozin may increase your risk of lower leg amputation, especially if you have had a prior amputation, a foot ulcer, heart disease, circulation problems, or nerve damage.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- heart problems;
- a diabetic foot ulcer or amputation;
- circulation problems or nerve problems in your legs or feet;
- liver or kidney disease;
- bladder infections or other urination problems;
- low blood pressure;
- diabetic ketoacidosis;
- problems with your pancreas, including surgery;
- if you drink alcohol often; or
- if you are on a low salt diet.
Follow your doctor's instructions about using ertugliflozin if you are pregnant. Blood sugar control is very important during pregnancy, and your dose needs may be different during each trimester.
You should not use ertugliflozin during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Ertugliflozin is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
You may take ertugliflozin with or without food.
Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, if you consume less food or fluid than usual, or if you are sweating more than usual.
Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may also need to test the level of ketones your urine. Ertugliflozin can cause life-threatening ketoacidosis (too much acid in the blood). Even if your blood sugar is normal, contact your doctor if a urine test shows that you have ketones in the urine.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can happen to everyone who has diabetes. Symptoms include headache, hunger, sweating, irritability, dizziness, nausea, fast heart rate, and feeling anxious or shaky. To quickly treat low blood sugar, always keep a fast-acting source of sugar with you such as fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, raisins, or non-diet soda.
Your doctor can prescribe a glucagon emergency injection kit to use in case you have severe hypoglycemia and cannot eat or drink. Be sure your family and close friends know how to give you this injection in an emergency.
Blood sugar levels can be affected by stress, illness, surgery, exercise, alcohol use, or skipping meals. Ask your doctor before changing your dose or medication schedule.
This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using ertugliflozin.
Ertugliflozin is only part of a treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, regular blood sugar testing, and special medical care. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep unused tablets in the foil blister pack in its original container.
What happens if I miss a dose (Steglatro)?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose (Steglatro)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.
What other drugs will affect ertugliflozin (Steglatro)?
When you start or stop taking ertugliflozin, your doctor may need to adjust the doses of any other diabetes medicines you use on a regular basis.
Other drugs may affect ertugliflozin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information (Steglatro)?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about ertugliflozin.
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