Compare Jardiance vs. Invokana

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

Jardiance (empagliflozin)

Prescription only

Invokana (canagliflozin)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Jardiance (empagliflozin) lowers blood sugar for people with diabetes, but can increase the chance of a yeast infection.

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.

5.5/ 7 average rating with 27 reviewsforInvokana
Upsides
  • Lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) levels up to 1%.
  • Can prevent death from heart attack, stroke, or heart failure if you have pre-existing heart disease.
  • Can be easily taken orally as a pill.
  • Can cause weight loss.
  • Not likely to cause hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar.
  • 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
  • More expensive since it's available as brand name only.
  • Can cause dehydration.
  • 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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27 
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think this treatment is worth it
56%
think this treatment works well
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think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Jardiance (empagliflozin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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 warnings
  • Low blood pressure

    Over age 65

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Worsening kidney function

    Dehydration

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Too much acid in the blood

    Type 1 diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Increased risk of leg and foot amputations

    History of amputations 

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage and low blood pressure

    History of kidney damage

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

    Taking medicines for diabetes

  • Increased acid and ketones in the blood

    Long periods of fasting

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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