Healthcare providers may prescribe canagliflozin for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This drug works by increasing the amount of glucose (sugar) removed from the blood and through the urine, helping to lower blood sugar levels. It comes in tablet form and is taken once daily, usually before your morning meal. Some people may experience side effects, such yeast infections and increased urination.
Canagliflozin (Invokana®) is a prescription medication approved to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. It is the first approved medication belonging to a class of diabetes medications known as sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2 inhibitors).
(Click What Is Canagliflozin Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
Just like any medicine, canagliflozin can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects seen with canagliflozin include but are not limited to:
- Genital fungal infections (such as yeast infections) in both women and uncircumcised men
- Urinary tract infections (such as a bladder infection)
- Increased urination.
(Click Canagliflozin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)