Compare Invokana vs. Glyxambi

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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
Lowers blood sugar.

Glyxambi (empaglifozin / linagliptin) is a combination drug that lowers the number of pills you have to take, but may be more expensive than the individual components.

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).
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1.0-1.5%.
  • Can cause weight loss.
  • Taken once daily.
  • Can lower the risk of death in those with underlying heart disease.
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.
  • May not be good for people who have kidney problems.
  • Not available as a generic, so can be more expensive than other diabetes medications.
  • Can increase likelihood of urinary tract or yeast infections.
  • May cause you to urinate more frequently throughout the day.
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Reviews
27 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
56%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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4possible side effects
  • Urinary tract infection
    13%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    7%
  • Common cold
    6%
  • Low blood sugar
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Danger from acid (ketones) build up
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Alcohol use
    • Age 65 or older
    • Surgery
    • Contrast Dye
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Calorie restriction
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking blood pressure lowering medications
    • Low salt diet
    • Kidney problems
    • Age 65 or older
  • Bone fractures
    • Low blood pressure
    • Weak bones (Osteoporosis)
  • Urinary tract or genital area infections
    • History of urinary tract infections
    • History of fungal genital infections
    • Uncircumcised males
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • History of pancreatitis
    • History of gallstones
    • Alcoholism
    • Elevated triglycerides
  • Kidney damage
    • History of kidney damage
    • Heart failure
    • Blood pressure medicines (diuretics, ACE inhibitors, ARBs)
    • NSAIDs use
  • Low blood sugar
    • Taking other diabetic medications
    • Insulin use
    • Sulfonylurea use
    • Increased exercise
    • Drinking alcohol
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