Jardiance's Dosage: What to Know

Medically Reviewed By Victor Nguyen, PharmD, MBA

Jardiance: Introduction

Jardiance is a brand-name prescription medication that contains the active drug empagliflozin. It belongs to a class of drugs called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors. Jardiance is not available in a generic form.

This medication has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to:

  • improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, used together with diet and exercise
  • reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in adults with heart failure

Note: Jardiance has some limitations of use. See this article or the “Jardiance: Dosage” section below for more information on these limitations.

In this article, you’ll find additional information about Jardiance’s dosage and details on how to take the drug. For a comprehensive overview of Jardiance, view this article.

Finding a healthcare professional

If you’re interested in taking Jardiance, search here to find a doctor who might prescribe it.

This article describes typical recommended dosages for Jardiance. These dosages are provided by the drug’s manufacturer.

Your doctor will prescribe the dosage of Jardiance that’s best for you.

Jardiance: Dosage

Commonly recommended dosages for Jardiance are shown below.

You should follow the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll recommend the dosage that’s right for your condition.

It’s important to note that Jardiance should not be used in the following situations:

  • to manage blood sugar levels in people who have limited kidney function or severe kidney problems
  • in people with type 1 diabetes, as doing so could increase their risk of serious side effects

Jardiance’s form and strengths

Jardiance comes as an oral tablet. It’s available in strengths of 10 milligrams (mg) and 25 mg.

Typical recommended dosage

The dosage for heart failure is the same as the starting dosage for diabetes. For improving blood sugar levels, doctors may increase the dosage if needed. In this case, it will be in the dose range of 10 mg to 25 mg once per day.

The following dosing chart summarizes the recommended dosages of Jardiance.

Purpose Starting dosage Maintenance dosage Maximum dosage
improve blood sugar levels 10 mg once per day 10 mg to 25 mg once per day 25 mg once per day
reduce risk of cardiovascular death for type 2 diabetes and heart disease 10 mg once per day 10 mg once per day 10 mg once per day
reduce risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure 10 mg once per day 10 mg once per day 10 mg once per day

Ultimately, your doctor will prescribe the smallest dosage of Jardiance that gives the desired effect.

Length of treatment

Doctors typically prescribe Jardiance as a long-term treatment. You’ll likely take it long term if you and your doctor feel it’s safe and effective for your condition.

Jardiance: Common questions about dosage

Below are some common questions related to Jardiance’s dosage.

If I have renal (kidney) problems, does Jardiance require certain renal dosing adjustments?

No, with Jardiance, a renal dosing adjustment for adults with kidney problems isn’t necessary. However, doctors typically don’t prescribe Jardiance for people who have severe kidney problems.

Doctors determine the severity of kidney problems using an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). An eGFR verifies how well your kidneys are filtering your blood. Your doctor can calculate your eGFR using the results of a simple lab test.

If you have kidney problems, ask your doctor or pharmacist how that may affect your Jardiance treatment.

Is there a Jardiance dosage for weight loss?

No, because Jardiance isn’t approved for weight loss. However, clinical studies of Jardiance reported weight loss as a side effect.

If you have questions about weight loss during treatment with Jardiance, talk with your doctor.

Does Jardiance have a dosing chart?

Yes, a dosing chart is shown in the “Jardiance Dosage” section directly above. If you have questions about these dosing instructions, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Jardiance: Dosage considerations

Your doctor will consider several factors when prescribing the dosage for Jardiance. These factors include:

  • the condition you’re taking Jardiance to treat
  • the severity of your condition
  • your age
  • your other medications

Jardiance: How to take

Jardiance comes as a tablet. You’ll take it by swallowing it.

Your doctor may recommend that you take Jardiance around the same time each day. Doing so will help maintain a consistent amount of the drug in your body. This can help Jardiance work effectively.

You should always take Jardiance tablets whole. Do not crush, split, or chew them. You may take Jardiance with or without food.

If you have difficulty swallowing tablets, view this article. It provides suggestions on how to take this form of medication. Also, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about taking your medication.

ACCESSIBLE DRUG LABELS AND CONTAINERS

If you find it challenging to read the label on your prescription, tell your doctor or pharmacist. Certain pharmacies provide medication labels with large print or braille. They also may offer labels containing a scannable code that your smartphone can convert from text to speech. If your pharmacy doesn’t provide these choices, your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend a pharmacy that does.

If it’s difficult for you to open medication bottles, ask your pharmacist if they can dispense Jardiance in an easy-open container. They also may recommend ways to help make it easier to open the bottles.

Jardiance: Missing a dose

If you miss a dose of Jardiance, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose. Then, take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double up on doses to make up for a missed dose.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you aren’t sure whether to take a missed dose or skip it.

View these medication reminder options to help avoid missing doses. You could also set an alarm or download a reminder app on your phone.

Jardiance: Overdose

For some drugs, taking more than the recommended dosage may lead to unwanted side effects or overdose. Do not take more Jardiance than your doctor prescribes.

What to do if you take too much Jardiance

Call your doctor if you think you’ve taken too much of this drug. Also, you can call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222 or use its online tool. However, if your symptoms are severe, call 911 or a local emergency number. Or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Jardiance: What to discuss with your doctor

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist for additional information about Jardiance’s dosage. Keep in mind that the dosages presented in this article are typical dosages provided by the drug’s manufacturer. Your doctor will recommend the dosage of Jardiance that’s right for you and your condition. Always follow the dosage that your doctor prescribes for you.

As with any medications you’re taking, do not change your Jardiance dosage without a recommendation from your doctor.

In addition to discussing Jardiance with your doctor, you may find the following articles helpful in learning more.

  • Overview of Jardiance. For comprehensive details on Jardiance, see this article.
  • Drug comparisons. To learn how Jardiance compares with Invokana, read this article.
  • Information on side effects. If you’d like to know about possible side effects of Jardiance, view this article.
  • Details about type 2 diabetes. To learn more about type 2 diabetes, which Jardiance is used to treat, see this article.

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Medical Reviewer: Victor Nguyen, PharmD, MBA
Last Review Date: 2022 Nov 15
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