Invokana for Diabetes
Are you interested in the latest developments on Invokana for diabetes? Today the European Commission (EC) announced that they have approved Invokana (canagliflozin) tablets in the European Union for helping to maintain glycemic control in adult type 2 diabetes sufferers.
Invokana is a prescription medication designed for diabetics to use in conjunction with a well monitored diabetic diet and exercise plan, to lower blood sugar levels. The way Invokana works is it blocks the re absorption of glucose by the kidney, which then increases glucose excretion, hence lowers your blood sugar levels.
When NOT to take Invokana for Diabetes
- Invokana should not be taken by type 1 sufferers, also by
- diabetes patients on dialysis,
- those who have severe or late stage of renal disease, or
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis (elevated level of ketones in the urine or blood)
Side Effects of Invokana
It is important to understand that Invokana may cause side effects in some diabetics. These are mostly apparent in the first three months of starting treatment and may include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Yeast infections in both men and women.
- Urinary tract infections
It is always vital you consult with your doctor or diabetes management team, before you start with any new medications. Also be sure to advise what other medications you are taking, as some medications may affect the way Invokana works and vice versa, some of these include:
- Diuretics (water pills)
- Rifampin (Tuberculosis medication)
- Phenobarbital or Phenytoin (seizures)
- Ritonavir ( HIV infection treatment)
- Digoxin (Heart problems)
Before you take Type 2 Diabetes Medication – first Tell your Doctor:
- If you’re pregnant
- If you are breastfeeding
- If you are having any form of liver of kidney problems.
- If you are having allergic reactions to the drug.
- What sort of diabetic diet plan you are following, ie low in salt etc..
So combined with a well managed diabetes diet plan, regular exercise and close monitoring from your physician, Invokana for diabetes, is one step closer to controlling your blood sugar levels and living a normal, healthy life!