What is Avano (empagliflozin and linagliptin)?
Avano is a combination medicine used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Empagliflozin and linagliptin is also used to lower the risk of death from heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in adults with type 2 diabetes who also have heart disease. empagliflozin and linagliptin is not for treating type 1 diabetes.
Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have signs of a serious side effect, such as severe stomach pain (may spread to your back), vomiting, tiredness, or trouble breathing.
Tell your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you eat or drink less than usual.
This medicine can cause serious infections around the penis or vagina. Get medical help right away if you have burning, itching, odor, discharge, pain, tenderness, redness or swelling of the genital or rectal area, fever, or if you don’t feel well.
You should not use empagliflozin and linagliptin if you are allergic to empagliflozin or linagliptin, or if you have:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
*Follow your doctor’s instructions about using this medicine if you are pregnant or you become pregnant. Controlling diabetes is very important during pregnancy.
*You should not use Avano during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
*Do not breastfeed.
How should I take Avano?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Avano is usually taken in the morning, with or without food.
Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may also need to test the level of ketones in your urine. Empagliflozin can cause life-threatening ketoacidosis (too much acid in the blood). Even if your blood sugar is normal, contact your doctor if a urine test shows that you have high ketones in the urine.
Blood sugar can be affected by stress, illness, surgery, exercise, alcohol use, or skipping meals.
You may get dehydrated during prolonged illness. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you eat or drink less than usual.
This medicine can affect the results of certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using empagliflozin and linagliptin.
Your treatment may also include diet, exercise, weight control, and special medical care.
Storage condition: Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison center.
What should I avoid while taking Avano?
Avoid drinking alcohol.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.
Empagliflozin and linagliptin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, itching, flaking or peeling skin; trouble swallowing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Seek medical attention right away if you have signs of a serious genital infection (penis or vagina): burning, itching, odor, discharge, pain, tenderness, redness or swelling of the genital or rectal area, fever, not feeling well. These symptoms may get worse quickly.
Stop taking Avano and call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
a bladder infection
cold symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What other drugs will affect Avano?
Other drugs may increase or decrease the effects of empagliflozin and linagliptin on lowering your blood sugar. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect empagliflozin and linagliptin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.