Dapagliflozin (Forxiga) with insulin is available on the NHS. It is a possible treatment for type 1 diabetes in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 27 kg/m2, when insulin alone does not control blood sugar levels well enough, if:
- you are on insulin doses of 5 units per kilogram of body weight per day or more and
- you have done a structured education programme that includes information about diabetic ketoacidosis and
- treatment is started and supervised by a consultant physician specialising in endocrinology and diabetes.
Dapagliflozin may be stopped if there has not been a sustained improvement in blood sugar control at 6 months or later.
If you are not eligible for dapagliflozin but are already taking it, you should be able to continue until you and your doctor decide when best to stop.
Is this treatment right for me?
Your healthcare professionals should give you clear information, talk with you about your options and listen carefully to your views and concerns. Your family can be involved too, if you wish. Read more about making decisions about your care.
Questions to think about
- How well does it work compared with other treatments?
- What are the risks or side effects? How likely are they?
- How will the treatment affect my day-to-day life?
- What happens if the treatment does not work?
- What happens if I do not want to have treatment? Are there other treatments available?
Information and support
The NHS website may be a good place to find out more.
These organisations can give you advice and support:
- Diabetes UK, 0345 123 2399
- Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, 0239 263 7808
- JDRF, 0208 398 9292
You can also get support from your local Healthwatch.
NICE is not responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by these organisations.
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