Steglatro (ertugliflozin) is a prescription drug that‘s used for type 2 diabetes in adults. The drug comes as an oral tablet. It’s usually taken once per day.
The active ingredient in Steglatro is ertugliflozin. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)
Steglatro belongs to a group of drugs called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.
This article describes the dosage of Steglatro, as well as its strengths and how to take it. To learn more about Steglatro, see this in-depth article.
The table below highlights the basics of Steglatro’s dosage. All doses are listed in milligrams (mg).
|Recommended Steglatro starting dose
|Steglatro maximum dose
|5 mg once daily
|15 mg once daily
Keep reading for more details about Steglatro’s standard dosage.
What is Steglatro’s form?
Steglatro comes as a tablet that you swallow.
What strengths does Steglatro come in?
Steglatro tablets are available in the following strengths:
- 5 mg
- 15 mg
What is the usual dosage of Steglatro?
Your doctor will likely start you on a low dosage of Steglatro. They’ll then adjust your dosage over time to reach the right amount for you. They’ll ultimately prescribe the smallest dosage that provides the desired effect.
The information below describes the dosage that’s commonly used or recommended. But be sure to follow the dosage instructions your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
The recommended starting dosage for Steglatro is 5 mg, taken once daily. You should take Steglatro in the morning, with or without food.
If this dosage isn’t enough to manage your blood sugar levels, your doctor may increase your dosage. The maximum dose is 15 mg per day. However, your doctor will not increase your dosage of Steglatro if you experience bothersome side effects.
Is Steglatro used long term?
Yes, Steglatro is typically used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Steglatro is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term.
Your doctor will likely check your blood sugar levels frequently while you’re taking Steglatro. They may do this at the doctor’s office using an A1C blood test. They may also have you regularly test your blood sugar levels at home using a blood sugar meter.
A healthcare professional will determine the range of blood sugar levels that’s best for you. Your doctor may adjust your dose if your Steglatro dosage does not keep your blood sugar levels within this range.
It’s important to let your doctor know if you have any scheduled surgeries. Sometimes, they may have you temporarily stop taking Steglatro a few days before your surgery. You’ll likely begin retaking the medication after your surgery.
Your blood sugar levels may change if your body experiences certain kinds of stress, such as:
Your doctor may adjust your Steglatro dosage if you have these or other stress-producing conditions.
A serious side effect called ketoacidosis is rare but possible with Steglatro. This is a life threatening medical emergency that needs treatment in the hospital. If you are at increased risk of ketoacidosis, your doctor may pause your Steglatro treatment. They may also have you monitor your ketones.
Be sure to know the signs of ketoacidosis and when to seek medical help. For details about ketoacidosis and other side effects of Steglatro, you can refer to this article.
Below are answers to some common questions about Steglatro dosage.
Is there a renal dose of Steglatro?
No, there is no renal dosing for Steglatro. A renal dose is a specific dose that a doctor would prescribe to someone with kidney problems. Sometimes, people with kidney problems can take certain medications with an adjusted dose, but this is not the case with Steglatro.
Steglatro works by helping your kidneys filter sugar out of your blood and pass it into your urine. Before prescribing Steglatro, your doctor will need to check how well your kidneys work. They will do this using a blood test that estimates how much blood your kidneys can filter in one minute. This is called an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) test.
If tests show that you have mild to moderate kidney problems, your doctor may prescribe Steglatro without a dose adjustment. But if you have more severe kidney problems or are on dialysis, your doctor may not prescribe Steglatro for you.
When is the best time to take Steglatro?
The recommended time to take Steglatro is in the morning. You may need to urinate more often than you usually do while taking this medication. Taking Steglatro in the morning minimizes the number of times you might have to wake during the night to use the bathroom.
But you should always follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take Steglatro.
The dosage of Steglatro your doctor prescribes may depend on several factors. These include:
- the type and severity of the condition you’re using Steglatro to treat
- other medications you’re taking
- other conditions you may have (see “Dosage adjustments” under “What is Steglatro’s dosage?”)
The recommended way to take Steglatro is once per day in the morning. You can take this dose with or without food. But always take Steglatro exactly as your doctor prescribes.
For information on Steglatro expiration, storage, and disposal, see this article.
Accessible drug containers and labels
Some pharmacies provide medication labels that:
- have large print or use braille
- feature a code that you can scan with a smartphone to change the text to audio
Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend pharmacies that offer these accessibility features if your current pharmacy doesn’t.
If you have trouble opening medication bottles, let your pharmacist know. They may be able to supply Steglatro in an easy-open container. Your pharmacist may also have some tips that can help make it simpler to open the drug’s container.
If you miss a dose of Steglatro, take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose, just skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose as scheduled. If you’re unsure of whether to take a missed dose, call your doctor or pharmacist.
If you need help remembering to take your dose of Steglatro on time, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app on your phone.
Do not take more Steglatro than your doctor prescribes. Taking more than this can lead to serious side effects.
What to do in case you take too much Steglatro
Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Steglatro. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach America’s Poison Centers or use its online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 (or your local emergency number) or go to the nearest emergency room.
The sections above describe the usual dosage provided by the drug’s manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Steglatro for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you.
Remember, you should not change your dosage of Steglatro without your doctor’s recommendation. Only take Steglatro exactly as your doctor prescribes. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage.
Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor:
- Would my Steglatro dosage change if my exercise routine changes?
- How would taking other diabetes medications affect my Steglatro dosage?
- Would a lower dosage decrease my risk of side effects from Steglatro?
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Will my doctor need to change my Steglatro dosage after I turn 65 years old?Anonymous
No, your Steglatro dosage doesn’t need to be adjusted based on your age.
In studies, Steglatro worked as well for adults ages 65 years and older as it did for younger people taking the same dosage.
But your risk of certain side effects from Steglatro may increase if you’re age 65 years or older. And kidney function may decrease for some people as they get older.
Your doctor will likely continue to monitor your kidney function and risk of side effects while you’re taking Steglatro. They’ll let you know if it’s safe to continue taking this medication.The Healthline Pharmacist TeamAnswers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.
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