Invokana

(canagliflozin)

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Lowers blood sugar.

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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.

Quick facts about Invokana
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 300mg tablets
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$446.44
  • Price before coupon
    $583.87
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $446.44
  • Savings
    24%

Upsides

  • 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).

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Downsides

  • 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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Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 300mg tablets
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$446.44
  • Price before coupon
    $583.87
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $446.44
  • Savings
    24%
How it works

Invokana (canagliflozin) is an anti-diabetes medication. It lowers blood sugar by causing your body to get rid of sugar in your urine.

Quick facts about Invokana
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

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People’s experience with Invokana

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What to expect when you take Invokana (canagliflozin) for Type 2 diabetes

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Side effect rates for Invokana (canagliflozin)

From 737 clinical trials of Invokana when taken for type 2 diabetes (100 mg)
  • Yeast infection in women
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Increased urination
  • Yeast infection in men
  • Thirst
  • Vaginal itching
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain

Risks and Warnings for Invokana (canagliflozin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of amputations 
    • Peripheral vascular disease (narrowed blood vessels)
    • Nerve problems
    • Diabetic foot ulcers 

    Rarely, Invokana (canagliflozin) can increase your risk of getting foot or leg amputations. Let your doctor know if you experience any new pain, tenderness, sores, ulcers, or infections on your legs or feet.

Common concerns from people taking Invokana (canagliflozin)

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Price
  • Reviewed Invokanaon 7/3/2017It works really well for me, but because of the cost and the fact my health insurance wont cover it...I can't continue to take it. It made me lose 40 lbs in 2 months without any additional exercise. The $500.00 price range is just way too much for me right now.
    51
    Man
    A few months
    Type 2 diabetes
Alcohol
  • Avoid if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol.
Food
  • Take once daily before your first meal of the day.
  • You only have to take Invokana (canagliflozin) once a day before meals.
Kidneys and liver
  • Not for people with severe kidney problems.
Pain
  • 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.
Weight
  • Reviewed Invokanaon 9/6/2016I actually gained weight with this,
    60
    Woman
    Type 2 diabetes