Compare Invokana vs. Glucotrol

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Invokana
(canagliflozin)

Glucotrol
(glipizide)

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.Lowers blood sugar. Glucotrol (glipizide) is an effective medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it can cause your blood sugar level to be too low so you must always carry some form of sugar with you that can be readily used.
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5.52Invokana
Reviews for Invokana
67%
of people (All ages) say Invokana is worth it
56%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Glucotrol
50%
+17% better vs. Invokana
32%
+24% better vs. Invokana
19%
Same vs. Invokana
332 reviews
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Side effects
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • Yeast infection in women 8%
  • Urinary tract infections 2%
  • Increased urination 4%
  • Yeast infection in men 3%
  • Thirst 3%
  • Vaginal itching 2%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
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  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Nervousness 1%
  • Tremor 4%
  • Passing gas 2%
  • Low blood sugar 3%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Headache 2%
More Glucotrol side effects »
How it works
InvokanaGlucotrol
Invokana (canagliflozin) is an anti-diabetes medication. It lowers blood sugar by causing your body to get rid of sugar in your urine.Glucotrol (glipizide) stimulates your body to release insulin and lower blood sugar.
Type of medication
InvokanaGlucotrol
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
Used for
InvokanaGlucotrol
Risk factors for serious side effects
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • History of amputations 
  • Peripheral vascular disease (narrowed blood vessels)
  • Nerve problems
  • Diabetic foot ulcers 
  • History of kidney damage
Detailed Invokana (canagliflozin) risks & warnings »
  • Skipping meals or having inconsistent meal times
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Using other blood sugar-lowering medicine
  • People age 60 or older
  • Those with kidney and/or liver problems
Detailed Glucotrol (glipizide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • Avoid if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol (glipizide).
Food
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • Take once daily before your first meal of the day.
  • You only have to take Invokana (canagliflozin) once a day before meals.
  • Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
Kidneys and liver
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • Not for people with severe kidney problems.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Pain
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • Rarely, Invokana (canagliflozin) can hurt the kidneys. This is more likely to happen if you already have kidney damage, heart failure, or take certain medicines for blood pressure or anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Invokana (canagliflozin) can also lower your blood pressure since it makes you urinate more. Your doctor will check your kidneys by blood tests regularly, and might ask you to change how you take Invokana (canagliflozin). Make sure to stay hydrated to prevent low blood pressure and kidney problems.
No pain related info.
Weight
InvokanaGlucotrol
No weight related info.
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
Upsides and benefits
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • 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).
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%.
  • Glucotrol (glipizide) is an oral medicine so it might be a good alternative for those who don't like injections.
  • Protects your organs and blood vessels by preventing the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels.
  • Okay to use by people with kidney problems.
  • Available as a generic form and is relatively cheap.
Downsides and risks
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • 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.
  • Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
  • While taking Glucotrol (glipizide), your blood sugars should be checked 2 to 5 times a week, but less often once you are on a stable dose.
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
  • Might lose its effectiveness over time.
  • Needs to be taken 30 minutes before a meal for it to be most effective.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
InvokanaGlucotrol
  • Take once daily before your first meal of the day.
  • Invokana (canagliflozin) can cause you to urinate more, so be sure to stay hydrated.
  • Can cause genital yeast infections in females and males.
  • Can cause urinary tract infections (UTI).
  • Can cause low blood sugar, so make sure to check your blood sugar if you don't feel well.
  • You should continue to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and take your other diabetes medicines along with Invokana (canagliflozin).
  • Take the medicine 30 minutes before eating, usually before your first big meal of the day.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol (glipizide).
  • Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Glucotrol (glipizide) can cause dizziness so avoid activities that require coordination until you know how your body can handle the medicine.
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