Jardiance Side Effects
Generic Name: empagliflozin
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 11, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about empagliflozin. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Jardiance.
Common side effects of Jardiance include: urinary tract infection. Other side effects include: vulvovaginal candidiasis, cervicitis, genital candidiasis, genitourinary infection, vaginal infection, vulvitis, and vulvovaginitis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to empagliflozin: oral tablet
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, empagliflozin (the active ingredient contained in Jardiance) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking empagliflozin:
- Bladder pain
- bloody or cloudy urine
- change in the color, amount, or odor of vaginal discharge
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- frequent urge to urinate
- itching, stinging, or redness of the vaginal area
- lower back or side pain
- pain during sexual intercourse
- Discharge with a strong odor from the penis
- increased volume of pale, dilute urine
- redness, itching, swelling, or pain around the penis
- waking to urinate at night
- blurred vision
- cold sweats
- decreased urination
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast heartbeat
- increased hunger
- rapid breathing
- slurred speech
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
- Dry mouth
- flushed, dry skin
- fruit-like breath odor
- increased thirst
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or genitals
- loss of appetite
- loss of consciousness
- pain, tenderness, redness, or swelling of the area between the anus and genitals
- stomach pain
- troubled breathing
- unexplained weight loss
- weight gain
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of empagliflozin may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Body aches or pain
- loss of voice
- muscle pain or stiffness
- nasal congestion
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to empagliflozin: oral tablet
The most common reported side effects included urinary tract infections and female genital mycotic infections.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Increased low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
Frequency not reported: Hypoglycemia
Frequency of hypoglycemia depended on the type of background therapy used. In combination with metformin and sulfonylurea, hypoglycemia was reported in 16.1% of patients taking the 10 mg dose and 11.5% in patients taking the 25 mg dose. In combination with insulin, hypoglycemia was reported in 22.5% of patients taking the 10 mg dose and 29.7% in patients taking the 25 mg dose.
Reports of ketoacidosis have been identified during postmarketing surveillance in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus receiving SGLT2 inhibitors including this drug. For many of the reports, especially among patients with type 1 diabetes, ketoacidosis was not immediately recognized and treatment was delayed because presenting blood glucose levels were lower (often less than 250 mg/dL [14 mmol/l]) than those typically expected. Signs and symptoms on presentation were consistent with ketoacidosis and included nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, generalized malaise, and shortness of breath. In some, but not all cases, patients had an identifiable risk factor such as insulin dose reduction, acute febrile illness, reduced caloric intake, surgery, pancreatic disorder suggesting insulin deficiency (e.g., type 1 diabetes, history of pancreatitis or pancreatic surgery), and alcohol abuse.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Increased urination
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysuria
Frequency not reported: Increased serum creatinine, decreased eGFR
Postmarketing reports: Acute kidney injury, urosepsis, pyelonephritis[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Female and male genital mycotic infections, urinary tract infection
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Phimosis
Postmarketing reports: Urosepsis, pyelonephritis, Fournier's gangrene[Ref]
In the 5 years (2013 to 2018) since SGLT2 inhibitor approval, 12 cases of Fournier's gangrene have been reported. Reports were almost equal in men and women (men=7; women=5), ages ranged from 38 to 78 years, and the average time to onset after starting an SGLT2 inhibitor was 9.2 months (range 7 days to 25 months). All SGLT2 inhibitor drugs except ertugliflozin were included in the reports. Ertugliflozin being the most recently approved agent, is expected to have the same risk, but insufficient patient use to assess risk. All patients were hospitalized, all required surgery, all required surgical debridement, 5 required more than 1 surgery and 1 required skin grafting. Four cases were complicated by diabetic ketoacidosis, acute kidney injury, and septic shock, leading to prolonged hospitalization, and death in 1 case. In the general population, Fournier's gangrene occurs in about 1.6 out of 100,000 males annually, with the highest incidence in men 50 to 79 years. Since diabetes is a risk factor for Fournier's gangrene, a review of the FAERS database for the last 34 years was done and only 6 cases (all males, median age 57 years) were found with several other classes of antidiabetic drugs. Findings with SGLT2 inhibitors appear to show an association over a shorter time frame and involve both males and females.[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Volume depletion
Postmarketing reports: Angioedema, hypersensitivity reactions
Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus
Common (1% to 10%): Nausea[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hepatic injury
Common (1% to 10%): Increased hematocrit[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia[Ref]
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5. FDA "FDA warns about rare occurrences of a serious infection of the genital area with SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes. Available from: URL: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM618466.pdf." ([2018, Aug 29]):
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