{"id":605796401458,"title":"Does Farxiga Cause Weight Loss? A Doctor Answers","created_at":"2023-07-01T21:06:45-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Does Farxiga Cause Weight Loss? A Doctor Answers\",\n \"keywords\": \"farxiga weight loss, how rapid is weight loss with farxiga, does farxiga cause weight loss, farxiga weight loss reviews, farxiga and weight loss, farxiga for weight loss\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes medical studies on Farxiga to determine if the drug is likely to be effective for weight loss, and whether it causes side effects. We feature real Farxiga patient reviews and discuss why so many patients are using diabetes medications for weight loss.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/does-farxiga-cause-weight-loss\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eF\u003c\/span\u003earxiga is a medication that’s FDA-approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The generic name for this drug is dapagliflozin, and we’ll refer to these two terms interchangeably throughout this article as they refer to the same active drug ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFarxiga is one of a number of diabetes drugs (the most popular is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/ozempic-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOzempic\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e) that’s being used off-label for weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is Farxiga proven in research studies to cause weight loss, or is it just another popular health fad? Are there any risks to its use? How do real users rate and describe the effects of Farxiga for weight loss?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze medical studies on Farxiga to determine if the drug has a weight loss effect, and what its side effects are.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also feature real, unsponsored user reviews of this medication.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003cb\u003eDoes Farxiga Cause Weight Loss?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe effects of Farxiga on weight have been studied in several clinical trials.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2012 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22238392\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eFarxiga caused an average of 4.6 pounds of weight loss in overweight diabetic patients over the course of 24 weeks.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23906445\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDiabetes, Obesity \u0026amp; Metabolism\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal reported a similar rate of weight loss in diabetic patients: 10 pounds over 102 weeks. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2021 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8415407\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eFarxiga is effective for weight loss in patients without diabetes, with average weight loss of 3.1 pounds in trials ranging from 2 to 26 weeks.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBased on the available research, we consider Farxiga potentially effective for weight loss, but this would be an “off-label” use that patients should speak with their doctor about before considering. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFarxiga is not currently FDA-approved for weight loss, and there can be additional risks to using drugs off-label.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut what are the risks of using Farxiga? We’ll discuss in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes Farxiga Cause Side Effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFarxiga does cause side effects in some patients according to medical studies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2014 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4232499\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on the safety of Farxiga \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ereported the following as the most common side effects: female genital mycotic infections (\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan\u003efungal infections around the vagina)\u003c\/span\u003e, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and nasopharyngitis.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6879440\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDrugs\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal described low blood sugar as another potential side effect, but described Farxiga as “generally well tolerated.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFarxiga’s \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.accessdata.fda.gov\/drugsatfda_docs\/label\/2020\/202293s021lbl.pdf\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFDA label\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e does not carry a “black box” warning, which is the most severe type of warning issued by the FDA that indicates potentially life-threatening side effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMounjaro is another diabetes medication that’s used off-label for weight loss, and that drug has an FDA black box warning about tumors, as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/mounjaro-weight-loss\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMounjaro weight loss reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article. This suggests that Farxiga may have a more favorable safety profile.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how do real Farxiga patients rate and describe the effects of the drug for weight loss? We’ll discuss those questions in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Users Review Farxiga for Weight Loss\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Jody Bunting who was prescribed Farxiga discusses the drug’s effects on weight:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/mVv0sx39tYc\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok creator named Brandi Harris discusses her experience taking Farxiga for diabetes and its effects on her weight:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@stoneflowjewelryco\/video\/7211540350475734315\" data-video-id=\"7211540350475734315\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca title=\"@stoneflowjewelryco\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@stoneflowjewelryco?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@stoneflowjewelryco\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"diabetestype2\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/diabetestype2?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#diabetestype2\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"medication\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/medication?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#medication\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"lifestylechange\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/lifestylechange?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#lifestylechange\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"mylife\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/mylife?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#mylife\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"farxiga\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/farxiga?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#farxiga\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"actos\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/actos?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#actos\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"medicationtiktok\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/medicationtiktok?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#medicationtiktok\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"♬ original sound - Brandi Harris\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7211540346243713834?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - Brandi Harris\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhat Drugs are FDA-Approved for Weight Loss?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs stated in the first section, Farxiga is not FDA-approved for weight loss. However, there are medications that are FDA-approved for weight loss, and that may be a safer option for patients who are unwilling or unable to reduce weight with lifestyle changes alone.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/orlistat-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrlistat\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/saxenda-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSaxenda\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are two examples of medications that are FDA-approved for weight loss, and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ethe latter of these two drugs was shown to cause over 17 pounds of weight loss in one year at its highest approved dose.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend you speak with your doctor about weight loss medication. If your doctor doesn’t specialize in weight loss, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/plushcare.sjv.io\/JzLevE\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePlushCare Medical Weight Loss Programs\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top pick for weight loss medication. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eIt’s an online telehealth platform that accepts most major insurers (and also accepts out-of-pocket payment), where patients can get individualized weight loss medication recommendations from a doctor.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are many FDA-approved weight loss medications available, and speaking about options with a board-certified doctor can make the process simpler and safer.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out PlushCare Medical Weight Loss Programs \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel='sponsored\"' href=\"https:\/\/plushcare.sjv.io\/JzLevE\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to the brand’s official website, where you can input your health insurance information and see if you’re covered.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhy Are People Using Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA segment from the TODAY show discusses the recent trend of patients considering diabetes drugs for weight loss, and the TikTok popularity of one specific drug:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/G-wYfZpXcFQ\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; 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However, the drug is not currently FDA-approved for weight loss, so there may be additional risks when compared to a drug that is FDA-approved for weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe would recommend that patients who are considering weight loss medication speak with a doctor about approved weight loss drugs rather than consider using Farxiga off-label.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFarxiga does not appear to cause severe or life-threatening side effects, but it may cause genital infections in rare cases.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome user reviews that we highlighted in this article suggest that Farxiga is effective for weight loss when combined with lifestyle changes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-07-01T21:25:28-04:00","updated_at":"2024-02-24T01:39:33-05:00","summary_html":"We analyze medical studies on Farxiga to determine if the drug is likely to be effective for weight loss, and whether it causes side effects. We feature real Farxiga patient reviews and discuss why so many patients are using diabetes medications for weight loss.","template_suffix":"","handle":"does-farxiga-cause-weight-loss","tags":"_related:weight-loss"}

Does Farxiga Cause Weight Loss? A Doctor Answers

Does Farxiga Cause Weight Loss? A Doctor Answers


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice. All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to weight loss.

Farxiga is a medication that’s FDA-approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The generic name for this drug is dapagliflozin, and we’ll refer to these two terms interchangeably throughout this article as they refer to the same active drug ingredient.

Farxiga is one of a number of diabetes drugs (the most popular is Ozempic) that’s being used off-label for weight loss.

But is Farxiga proven in research studies to cause weight loss, or is it just another popular health fad? Are there any risks to its use? How do real users rate and describe the effects of Farxiga for weight loss?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze medical studies on Farxiga to determine if the drug has a weight loss effect, and what its side effects are.

We’ll also feature real, unsponsored user reviews of this medication.

Does Farxiga Cause Weight Loss?

The effects of Farxiga on weight have been studied in several clinical trials.

A 2012 clinical trial found that Farxiga caused an average of 4.6 pounds of weight loss in overweight diabetic patients over the course of 24 weeks.

A clinical trial published in the Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism journal reported a similar rate of weight loss in diabetic patients: 10 pounds over 102 weeks. 

A 2021 meta-study found that Farxiga is effective for weight loss in patients without diabetes, with average weight loss of 3.1 pounds in trials ranging from 2 to 26 weeks.

Based on the available research, we consider Farxiga potentially effective for weight loss, but this would be an “off-label” use that patients should speak with their doctor about before considering. 

Farxiga is not currently FDA-approved for weight loss, and there can be additional risks to using drugs off-label.

But what are the risks of using Farxiga? We’ll discuss in the next section.

Does Farxiga Cause Side Effects?

Farxiga does cause side effects in some patients according to medical studies.

A 2014 medical review on the safety of Farxiga reported the following as the most common side effects: female genital mycotic infections (fungal infections around the vagina), urinary tract infections (UTIs) and nasopharyngitis.

A medical review published in the Drugs journal described low blood sugar as another potential side effect, but described Farxiga as “generally well tolerated.”

Farxiga’s FDA label does not carry a “black box” warning, which is the most severe type of warning issued by the FDA that indicates potentially life-threatening side effects.

Mounjaro is another diabetes medication that’s used off-label for weight loss, and that drug has an FDA black box warning about tumors, as we documented in our Mounjaro weight loss reviews article. This suggests that Farxiga may have a more favorable safety profile.

But how do real Farxiga patients rate and describe the effects of the drug for weight loss? We’ll discuss those questions in the next section.

Real Users Review Farxiga for Weight Loss

A YouTube creator named Jody Bunting who was prescribed Farxiga discusses the drug’s effects on weight:

A TikTok creator named Brandi Harris discusses her experience taking Farxiga for diabetes and its effects on her weight:

@stoneflowjewelryco #diabetestype2 #medication #lifestylechange #mylife #farxiga #actos #medicationtiktok ♬ original sound - Brandi Harris

What Drugs are FDA-Approved for Weight Loss?

As stated in the first section, Farxiga is not FDA-approved for weight loss. However, there are medications that are FDA-approved for weight loss, and that may be a safer option for patients who are unwilling or unable to reduce weight with lifestyle changes alone.

Orlistat and Saxenda are two examples of medications that are FDA-approved for weight loss, and the latter of these two drugs was shown to cause over 17 pounds of weight loss in one year at its highest approved dose.

We recommend you speak with your doctor about weight loss medication. If your doctor doesn’t specialize in weight loss, PlushCare Medical Weight Loss Programs is our top pick for weight loss medication. It’s an online telehealth platform that accepts most major insurers (and also accepts out-of-pocket payment), where patients can get individualized weight loss medication recommendations from a doctor.

There are many FDA-approved weight loss medications available, and speaking about options with a board-certified doctor can make the process simpler and safer.

Interested consumers can check out PlushCare Medical Weight Loss Programs at this link to the brand’s official website, where you can input your health insurance information and see if you’re covered.

Why Are People Using Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss?

A segment from the TODAY show discusses the recent trend of patients considering diabetes drugs for weight loss, and the TikTok popularity of one specific drug:

Our Clean Weight Loss Picks

There are food-based nutrients which have been shown in medical studies to be effective for weight loss.

Dietary fiber was shown in a medical review published in The Journal of Nutrition to cause 16 pounds of weight loss in 6 months when combined with moderate caloric restriction (750 calories per day below baseline).

MBG Organic Fiber Potency+ is our top fiber pick because it's certified organic, provides 7 g of fiber per serving and costs under $1.85 per serving at the time of updating this article.

MCT oil was shown in a meta-study to cause more than one pound of weight loss over 10 weeks. This equates to potential annualized weight loss of 6 pounds per year with less than one tablespoon's worth of MCT oil per day.

Bulletproof MCT Oil is our top MCT oil product, because the only ingredient is MCT oil derived from coconuts. and it currently costs only $15.50 for over a month's worth of product.

Ginger intake "significantly decreased body weight" according to a 2019 meta-study on ginger and weight loss that analyzed data from 14 clinical trials.

Pique La Ginger is our top ginger product, because it's an organic tea in convenient crystallized form, and all that's needed is to pour the powder into a glass and add hot water.

All three of the products mentioned in this section are entirely free of additive ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy or unsafe.

We're not suggesting any of these supplements should be used to treat any medical condition, or that they're as effective as any FDA-approved medication; rather, we're just sharing information that individuals averse to prescription medication can speak with their doctor about.

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

Farxiga has been shown in clinical studies to be effective for weight loss in people with diabetes and also in people without diabetes. However, the drug is not currently FDA-approved for weight loss, so there may be additional risks when compared to a drug that is FDA-approved for weight loss.

We would recommend that patients who are considering weight loss medication speak with a doctor about approved weight loss drugs rather than consider using Farxiga off-label.

Farxiga does not appear to cause severe or life-threatening side effects, but it may cause genital infections in rare cases.

Some user reviews that we highlighted in this article suggest that Farxiga is effective for weight loss when combined with lifestyle changes.