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What is Invokana?
Invokana is a medication that is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body does not properly use the insulin it makes. As a result, glucose builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy. Invokana may be prescribed alone or in combination with other medications along with diet and exercise in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
You can buy Invokana (Canagliflozin) online at My Drug Center in the following strengths: 100mg and 300mg. We currently do not have the Canagliflozin generic available.
How does Invokana work?
Invokana is supplied as tablets for oral administration. Canagliflozin is the active ingredient in Invokana, and it belongs to a class of drugs known as SGLT2 (sodium-glucose co-transporter 2) inhibitors. Under normal conditions, glucose is filtered out of the blood and into the kidney tubules as blood passes through the kidneys. The glucose then as absorbed from the tubules back into the blood so that glucose is not lost in the urine. SGLT2 is an enzyme in the kidney tubule that causes glucose to be reabsorbed from urine. The Canagliflozin dosage in this medication works by helping the kidneys get rid of glucose from your bloodstream. Invokana increases the amount of glucose that is passed through urine.
Before taking your prescribed Invokana dosage, read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Invokana (Canagliflozin) should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. This medication can be taken with or without food.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose; do not change or increase your dose without consulting your doctor first. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. The best results from taking your prescribed Invokana dosage come with a change in lifestyle to include diet and exercise. Work your doctor to develop a treatment plan that includes a lifestyle change.
You must check your blood sugar regularly to be sure Invokana is helping you. Limit your alcohol consumption as it can cause a rise or fall in your glucose levels. Keep Invokana out of children’s reach and away from pets. This medication is only prescribed to type 2 diabetics.
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, the Canagliflozin dosage in the medication 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.
Invokana side effects include:
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 of Canagliflozin 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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