Jardiance, a drug that helps treat type 2 diabetes, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This drug can be taken in tablet form and is intended to accompany a healthy diet and frequent exercise to control and improve glucose levels in type 2 diabetic adults.

"Jardiance provides an additional treatment option for the care of patients with type 2 diabetes," said Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a press release on the FDA’s website. “It can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes.”

To ensure Jardiance’s safety and effectiveness, the FDA performed 7 clinical trials with 4,480 participants. The FDA will soon be testing it again to assess the potential heart risks and its safety with children.

Jardiance blocks the reabsorption of blood sugar into your kidneys, lowers glucose levels, and improves your hemoglobin A1c. It can also help moderately with lowering body weight and blood pressure.

You can take Jardiance as a stand-alone medication or in conjunction with other medications like metformin or insulin. Don’t take Jardiance if you’re type 1 diabetic, have kidney failure, are on dialysis, or have increased amounts of ketones in your blood or urine.

As with other medications, make sure to talk to your doctor about whether Jardiance is appropriate for you or not. If your doctor allows, you may find the medication will improve your diabetes in many ways.

To learn about other diabetes medications:

Know Your Diabetes Medications
10 Tips to Avoid Deadly Medication Mistakes
Diabetes Medications: Managing Side Effects

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