Compare Precose vs. Invokana

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

Precose
(acarbose)

Invokana
(canagliflozin)

Coming soon.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.
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Coupons for Precose
Best available price for 90 (25mg) tablets of acarbose
Coupons for Invokana
Best available price for 30 (300mg) tablets of canagliflozin
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Reviews for Precose (acarbose)
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Reviews for Invokana (canagliflozin)
67%
-33% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
56%
-44% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
19%
-19% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
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Side effects
PrecoseInvokana

We haven’t found good data for Precose side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Precose »
  • 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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How it works
PrecoseInvokana
Coming soon.Invokana (canagliflozin) is an anti-diabetes medication. It lowers blood sugar by causing your body to get rid of sugar in your urine.
Type of medication
PrecoseInvokana
Prescription only
Available as
PrecoseInvokana
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
PrecoseInvokana
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrecoseInvokana
    Coming soon.
    • History of amputations 
    • Peripheral vascular disease (narrowed blood vessels)
    • Nerve problems
    • Diabetic foot ulcers 
    • History of kidney damage
    Detailed Invokana (canagliflozin) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    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
    PrecoseInvokana
    No alcohol related info.
    • Avoid if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol.
    Food
    PrecoseInvokana
    No food related info.
    • You only have to take Invokana (canagliflozin) once a day before meals.
    • Take once daily before your first meal of the day.
    Kidneys and liver
    PrecoseInvokana
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Not for people with severe kidney problems.
    Pain
    PrecoseInvokana
    No pain related info.
    • 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.
    Upsides and benefits
    PrecoseInvokana
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    • 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 and risks
    PrecoseInvokana
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    PrecoseInvokana
    Coming soon
    • 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).
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