Compare Actos vs. Invokana

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Actos (pioglitazone)

Prescription only

Invokana (canagliflozin)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Actos (pioglitazone) can improve blood sugar control but is not a top choice since it has a lot of side effects.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 175 reviewsforActos
Lowers blood sugar.

Invokana (canagliflozin) can be used together with other diabetes medicines to help lower your blood sugar, but it can be expensive because it's brand name.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 27 reviewsforInvokana
Upsides
  • Improves sugar control and lowers A1c levels by around 1%.
  • Easily taken by mouth as a once a day pill.
  • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs.
  • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
  • Lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Lowers A1C (blood sugar) levels by 1%.
  • You only have to take Invokana (canagliflozin) once a day before meals.
  • Less likely to cause low blood sugar than other diabetes medicines.
  • Also available as a combination drug with metformin (Invokamet).
Downsides
  • May take several weeks to lower blood sugar.
  • Can cause weight gain.
  • People with heart failure or history of bladder cancer shouldn't use this medicine.
  • Some people might get fluid accumulation (edema), from minor ankle swelling to fluid in lungs that makes it hard to breathe.
  • Raises the risk of bone fractures, especially for people who already have a risk for fractures.
  • You're more likely to have broken bones, yeast infections and urinary tract infections with Invokana (canagliflozin).
  • There's a rare but serious risk of leg and foot amputations with Invokana (canagliflozin). Talk to your doctor if you develop new pain or infections in your feet.
  • Not for people with severe kidney problems.
  • Can raise your cholesterol.
  • Avoid if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol.
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Reviews
175 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
30%
saiditworked well
21%
saidit'sa big hassle

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27 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
56%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
11possible side effects
  • Low blood sugar
    27%
  • Swelling
    27%
  • Colds and flu
    13%
  • Headache
    9%
  • Heart failure
    8%
  • Sinus infection
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    6%
  • Muscle pain
    5%
  • Sore throat
    5%
  • Chest pain
    5%
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9possible side effects
  • Yeast infection in women
    11%
  • Urinary tract infections
    6%
  • Increased urination
    5%
  • Yeast infection in men
    4%
  • Thirst
    3%
  • Vaginal itching
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart failure
    • Heart failure
  • Fluid buildup
  • Liver damage
    • Current liver problems
  • Bladder cancer
    • History of bladder cancer
  • Bone fracture
    • Women
  • Low blood sugar
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  • Increased risk of leg and foot amputations
    • History of amputations 
    • Peripheral vascular disease (narrowed blood vessels)
    • Nerve problems
    • Diabetic foot ulcers 
  • Kidney damage and low blood pressure
    • History of kidney damage
    • Heart failure
    • Blood pressure medicines (water pills, ACE inhibitors, ACE inhibitors)
    • Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Taking medicines for diabetes
  • Genital yeast infection and urinary tract infection
  • Increased acid and ketones in the blood
    • Long periods of fasting
    • Alcohol abuse
    • Dehydration
    • History of pancreatitis
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