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Wed Jan 15 21:44:12 UTC 2014

My PCP prescribed Invokana for me to help with my t2 Diabetes. What is the evaluation of its historical effectiveness?
Asked By: ab1246  
Category: Type 2

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t2 D, dx 2003 insulin 2008 last a1c 6.9 white male 6'1
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2014-05-20 18:58:08.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Invokana is a new treatment option for persons with diabetes. It was approved by the FDA for prescription in the United Stated in March 2013. It is the first drug approved in a new class of treatment options for type 2 diabetes known as "SGLT-2 inhibitors."

A diabetes medicine, SGLT-2 inhibitors slow down this glucose recovery from the urine. As a result, there is more glucose in urine. The glucose is passed when the patient urinates, thereby reducing blood glucose levels. This is a different way of lowering glucose. Other diabetes medicines promote insulin production or insulin sensitivity.

Invokana would not be indicated for persons with kidney disease. Since this medicine results in urine with a higher glucose concentration, it can cause urinary tract infections.

Read about Invokana.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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