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Invokana is most commonly prescribed with diet and exercise to help regulate high blood sugar in cases of type 2 diabetes. The active medical ingredient in Invokana is Canagliflozin and helps your kidneys remove sugar from your system.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Invokana orally once a day before your first meal. Make sure you take Invokana at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Invokana. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to kidney disease, dehydration, low blood pressure, heart failure, mineral imbalance, and history of yeast infection. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Invokana.
While taking Invokana you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Invokana.
Controlling your blood sugar levels can be more difficult if the body is under stress, sick, or fighting infection. Speak with your doctor if any change in treatment plan is required to maintain your blood sugar levels.
While taking Invokana limit or avoid alcohol. Drinking alcohol can cause your blood sugar levels to drop. Speak to your doctor about the safe limits of using alcohol while on Invokana.
Side effects for Invokana are: urinary tract infections, increased urination, yeast infections, vaginal itching, thirst, constipation, nausea, fatigue, weakness, skin sensitivity to sunlight, hypersensitivity reactions (including skin redness, rash, itching, hives, and swelling), bone fractures, and kidney problems.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Invokana?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can take time to see results from this medication. Most results will come from the lifestyle change decided by you and your doctor. Continue to take the medication and speak with your doctor if your blood sugar levels remain uncontrollable.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose before a meal as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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