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Invokana

Invokana

Invokana is a prescription medication that may be prescribed to people with type 2 diabetes in combination with diet and exercise to help control high blood sugar. The active ingredient and generic name of this brand name drug is canagliflozin. It is the first in the newest class of diabetes medicines (SGLT2 inhibitors) that has been proven to significantly decrease A1C in adults who have type 2 diabetes. It works to rapidly remove sugar from the body via the kidneys.

Controlling high blood sugar in individuals with type 2 diabetes helps to prevent serious health complications, such as kidney damage, nerve problems, blindness, sexual function problems and loss of limb. Proper control of the disease can also reduce the risk of life threatening events such as stroke and heart attack.

Invokana is an oral medication that is typically taken once per day. It works at its best when it is taken regularly. That being said, this medication should be taken exactly as has been prescribed by your healthcare provider. If you feel that your dose should be changed (increased or decreased) or if you feel that it s not the right choice for you, consult with your doctor prior to altering your dose or stopping this medication.

Inform your doctor immediately if Invokana does not improve your condition (e.g. your blood sugar levels remain high) or if it worsens it (e.g. your blood sugar levels increase).

The most common side effects associated with Invokana include dehydration, frequent urination, dizziness, dry mouth, and feeling light headed. Inform your doctor if these effects are persistent or if they become worse.

Tell your doctor right away if serious side effects, such as signs of a bladder infection (e.g. fever, urgent need to urinate, burning/pain when urinating), signs of a kidney infection (e.g. changes in the amount of urine or swelling in feet/legs), or signs of high level of potassium in the blood (e.g. muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat) occur. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience unusual tiredness, stomach/abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting or difficult breathing.

Invokana may also cause yeast infections in both men and women. If you experience a yeast infection, inform your doctor.

Invokana is not safe for everyone to take. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant. Also inform him or her of any health conditions you may have as well of any medications (prescription or non-prescription) or herbal supplements you may be taking.

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