U.S. FDA Approves INVOKANA™ (Canagliflozin) For The Treatment Of Adults With Type 2 Diabetes
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HOW SHOULD I TAKE INVOKANA™?
- Take INVOKANA™ by mouth 1 time each day exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
- Your doctor will tell you how much INVOKANA™ to take and when to take it. Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
- It is best to take INVOKANA™ before the first meal of the day.
- Your doctor may tell you to take INVOKANA™ along with other diabetes medicines. Low blood sugar can happen more often when INVOKANA™ is taken with certain other diabetes medicines. See "What are the possible side effects of INVOKANA™?"
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take two doses of INVOKANA™ at the same time. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about a missed dose.
- If you take too much INVOKANA™, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. When your body is under some types of stress, such as fever, trauma (such as a car accident), infection, or surgery, the amount of diabetes medicine you need may change. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these conditions and follow your doctor's instructions.
- Stay on your prescribed diet and exercise program while taking INVOKANA™.
- Check your blood sugar as your doctor tells you to.
- INVOKANA™ will cause your urine to test positive for glucose.
- Your doctor may do certain blood tests before you start INVOKANA™ and during treatment as needed. Your doctor may change your dose of INVOKANA™ based on the results of your blood tests.
- Your doctor will check your diabetes with regular blood tests, including your blood sugar levels and your hemoglobin A1C.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF INVOKANA™?INVOKANA™ may cause serious side effects, including:See "What is the most important information I should know about INVOKANA™?"
- kidney problems
- a high amount of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia)
- low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If you take INVOKANA™ with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine or insulin may need to be lowered while you take INVOKANA™.
Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
- fast heart-beat
- shaking or feeling jittery
- serious allergic reaction. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking INVOKANA™ and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. See "Who should not take INVOKANA™?". Your doctor may give you a medicine for your allergic reaction and prescribe a different medicine for your diabetes.
- vaginal yeast infections and yeast infections of the penis (See "What is the most important information I should know about INVOKANA™?")
- urinary tract infection
- changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night
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