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Empagliflozin oral

Updated 2 Feb 2023 | SGLT 2 inhibitors


Tablets containing empagliflozin.

Drugs List

  • empagliflozin 10mg tablets
  • empagliflozin 25mg tablets
  • JARDIANCE 10mg film coated tablets
  • JARDIANCE 25mg film coated tablets
  • Therapeutic Indications


    Type 2 diabetes (NIDDM) not controlled by diet,weight loss & exercise alone

    Treatment of adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus:

    a) As monotherapy when diet and exercise do not provide adequate glycaemic control in patients for whom use of metformin is considered inappropriate.

    b) In combination with other glucose lowering medication including insulin where the existing regimen with diet and exercise does not provide adequate glycaemic control.



    Monotherapy and combination with other oral antidiabetic agents or insulin:
    Initially 10mg once daily.

    If greater glycaemic control is needed the dose may be increased to 25mg once daily, provided the drug is well tolerated and creatinine clearance is greater 60ml/minute.

    Patients with Renal Impairment

    Creatinine clearance equal to or greater than 60ml/minute:
    No dose adjustments required.

    Creatinine clearance less than 60ml/minute:
    Treatment should not be initiated.

    In patients already established in empagliflozin, the dosage should be adjusted to or maintained at 10mg once daily.

    Creatinine clearance less than 45ml/minute:
    Treatment should be discontinued.

    Additional Dosage Information

    When empagliflozin is used in combination with insulin or a sulfonylurea, a lower dose of insulin or a sulfonylurea may be considered to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia.
    If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible, providing that a double dose is not administered in the same day.


    Children under 18 years
    Patients over 85 years at initiation
    Diabetic ketoacidosis
    Renal impairment - creatinine clearance below 60ml/minute at baseline
    Severe hepatic impairment

    Precautions and Warnings

    Acute illness
    Major surgery
    Patients over 75 years
    Predisposition to hypotension
    Cardiovascular disorder
    Glucose-galactose malabsorption syndrome
    History of alcohol abuse
    Lactose intolerance
    Renal impairment - creatinine clearance 45 - 60ml/minute
    Urinary tract infection

    Advise ability to drive/operate machinery may be affected by side effects
    Correct hypovolaemia prior to administration
    Exclude volume depletion before commencing treatment
    Contains lactose
    Monitor renal function before treatment and regularly during treatment
    Electrolyte & volume depletion may occur - interrupt treatment as necessary
    Hospitalised patients: Monitor blood ketones before restart treatment
    Monitor blood pressure
    Monitor fluid and electrolyte status
    Monitor renal function if concomitant drugs that impair renal function
    Advise patient to report genital/perineal symptoms with fever or malaise
    Advise patient to report symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis immediately
    Discontinue SGLT2 inhibitor if Fournier's gangrene is suspected
    Increased risk of urinary tract infection
    Interrupt treatment temporarily in complicated urinary tract infections
    Test results for urinary glucose will be positive
    Advise patient to seek advice at first indications of pregnancy
    Discontinue if creatinine clearance below 45ml/minute
    Interrupt therapy if acute serious illness requiring hospitalisation occurs
    Interrupt treatment in patients undergoing major surgery
    Pregnancy confirmed: Discontinue this medication
    Discontinue if diabetic ketoacidosis is suspected
    Advise patient on the need for adequate foot hygiene
    Advise patient on the need for adequate hydration
    Advise patient to report symptoms of volume depletion
    Patient to inform DVLA if fitness to drive impaired or hypoglycaemic risk

    Clinical trials suggest there is an increased risk of lower limb amputation in patients treated with canagliflozin. An increased risk of amputation has not yet been seen in studies of empagliflozin. However, the increased risk of amputation cannot be excluded and caution should be advised in patients receiving empagliflozin.

    Cases of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) have been reported in patient taking sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. The signs and symptoms of DKA are rapid weight loss; feeling or being sick; stomach pain; fast and deep breathing; sleepiness; a sweet smell to the breath; a sweet or metallic taste in the mouth; or a different odour to urine or sweat. The risk factors for DKA include low beta cell function reserve; conditions leading to restricted food intake or severe dehydration; sudden reduction in insulin; increased insulin requirements due to acute illness; surgery and alcohol abuse.
    Restarting treatment in patients with previous DKA while on SGLT2 inhibitor is not recommended, unless another precipitating factor has been identified and resolved.

    Cases of necrotising fasciitis of the perineum (Fournier's gangrene) have been reported in patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors. This a rare but serious event that requires urgent intervention and may be preceded by genital infection or penineal abscess. Patients should be advised to report a combination of symptoms of pain, tenderness, erythema, or swelling in the genital or perineal area, accompanied by fever or malaise.

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Empagliflozin is contraindicated in pregnancy.

    There are no data from the use of empagliflozin in pregnant women. Animal studies show that empagliflozin crosses the placenta during the late gestation to a very limited extent, but do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to early embryonic development. However, animal studies have shown adverse effects on postnatal development.

    Detailed guidance on the treatment of diabetes during pregnancy is available from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) at

    The use of all medication in pregnancy should be avoided whenever possible; particularly in the first trimester. Non-drug treatments should also be considered. When essential, a medication with the best safety record over time should be chosen, employing the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Polypharmacy should be avoided. Teratogens taken in the pre-embryonic period, often quoted as lasting until 14 to 17 days post-conception, are believed to have an all-or-nothing effect. Where drugs have a short half-life, and when the date of conception is certain, this may allow women to be reassured where drug exposure has occurred within this time frame. Further advice may be available from the UK National Teratology Information Service (NTIS) and through ToxBase, available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).


    Empagliflozin is contraindicated in breastfeeding.

    It is not known whether empagliflozin is excreted into human breast milk. Animal studies have shown excretion of empagliflozin into milk, therefore a risk to the newborn/infant cannot be excluded.

    Neonates, infants born prematurely, those with low birth weight, those with an unstable gastrointestinal function or who have serious illnesses may require special consideration. For any infant, if a drug is prescribed to the nursing mother, it should be at the lowest practical dose and for the shortest time. When drug administration is unavoidable and breastfeeding is to continue, minimisation of exposure of the infant to the drug may sometimes be achieved by timing the maternal doses to just after a feeding episode. Infants exposed to drugs via breast milk should be monitored for unusual signs or symptoms. Interactions between the drug received by the infant from the mother's milk and medication prescribed for the infant should also be considered, for example, when the drug given to the infant may prevent metabolism of the drug received via breast milk.
    Specialist advice is available from the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service at


    Advise the patient of the signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and to seek medical advice if they occur. The risk factors of DKA should be discussed with the patient.

    Advise patients of the warning signs of hypoglycaemia.

    Advise patient to report symptoms of volume depletion.

    Advise patient to report symptoms of pain, tenderness, erythema, or swelling in the genital or perineal area, accompanied by fever or malaise.

    Advise female patients to consult their GP if pregnancy is suspected or planned.

    Advise patients that their ability to drive or operate machinery may be impaired.

    Advise patient to report to DVLA if there is a risk of hypoglycaemia, or if fitness to drive may be impaired due to diabetes complications. Guidance can be found by accessing website.

    Side Effects

    Blood lipid changes
    Decrease in blood pressure
    Decrease in glomerular filtration rate
    Fournier's gangrene
    Genital infections
    Increase in haematocrit
    Orthostatic hypotension
    Serum creatinine increased
    Urinary tract infections
    Vaginal candidiasis
    Vulvovaginal irritation

    Effects on Laboratory Tests

    Patients will test positive for glucose in their urine due to the mechanism of action.

    Interference with 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG) assay
    Monitoring glycaemic control with 1,5-AG assay is not recommended due to unreliable measurements of 1,5-AG in patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors. Alternative methods to monitor glycaemic control is advised.


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: December 2018.

    Reference Sources

    Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 10th edition (2015) ed. Briggs, G., Freeman, R. and Yaffe, S. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Jardiance 10 mg and 25 mg film-coated tablets. Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. Revised June 2020.

    MHRA Drug Safety Update April 2016
    Available at:
    Last accessed: 21 November 2018

    MHRA Drug Safety Update March 2017
    Available at:
    Last accessed: 21 November 2018

    HPRA Safety Notice May 2016
    Available at:
    Last accessed: 21 November 2018

    NICE Evidence Services Available at: Last accessed: 21 November 2018

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