(RxWiki News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Jardiance a new job.
The medication recently received FDA approval to be used to reduce the risk of heart-related death in those with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Those with type 2 diabetes have a 70 percent higher chance of dying from heart disease than those who do not have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now, Jardiance may be used to help lower that risk. The approval comes after a study involving more than 7,000 patients with type 2 diabetes and heart disease found that empagliflozin appeared to lower the risk for heart-related death when compared to a placebo.
Common side effects of Jardiance include urinary tract infections and female genital infections.
Ask your health care provider about your risk for heart disease.