New Kid on the Diabetes Block

I’m going to flip back to oral diabetes meds to cover a new agent that has recently been approved. It is a new class of diabetes med, but generally means it’s going to be quite expensive. This drug is Invokana (canagliflozin). It basically lowers glucose by causing an increase in excretion of glucose out of the body via means of the kidney/urine. Side effects – you may see an elevation in potassium levels in the body so this should be monitored for as well as kidney function. Because of the mechanism of this drug, an increase in urine glucose can be problematic for infections as bugs(bacteria etc.) tend to like glucose (sugar) – i.e. it helps them grow and flourish…so an increased risk of urinary infections may be possible as well with this med.

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  1. Sunset Pharmacy | Brooklyn Best Care Pharmacy

    I would like to convey my admiration for your generosity in support of men and women that have the need for help with this particular concern. Your special dedication to getting the message all over had been wonderfully productive and have all the time made professionals much like me to attain their dreams. Your own invaluable tutorial means a great deal to me and additionally to my office workers. Thank you; from everyone of us.

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    • Eric Christianson

      No, thank you.

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  2. Tyrel Long

    Don’t forget recent studies linking an increased risk of toe amputation with invokana use.

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November 27, 2013

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