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The prescription drug Invokana is used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. This medication is meant for use in combination with an appropriate diet and exercise program. It works to control type 2 diabetes by increasing the amount of glucose (sugar) that is removed by the kidneys and excreted through the urine.
Invokana® (canagliflozin) is a prescription medication that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It should be used in combination with appropriate changes in diet and exercise to help control blood sugar.
In addition to lowering blood sugar, Invokana has a tendency to lower blood pressure and to cause modest weight loss. These two "side effects" are often welcomed benefits for many people with type 2 diabetes. However, as with many other diabetes drugs, other side effects -- some of which can be dangerous -- are also possible (see Invokana Side Effects for more information).
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes (see Diabetes Types). It is also sometimes called adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the cells in the body do not respond to insulin as well as they normally should. As a result, the cells do not remove sugar from the blood very well. This is why people with type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar levels.
Over time, high blood sugar can lead to a number of problems, including diabetic impotence, diabetic neuropathy, kidney failure, and heart disease (see Diabetes Complications). The cause of type 2 diabetes is not fully understood, although it is known that obesity and genetics play an important role in type 2 diabetes.
Any type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, a proper diet, and exercise. If lifestyle changes are not effective at managing blood sugar levels, diabetes medications, such as Invokana, may be necessary. Some diabetes drugs force the pancreas to produce more insulin, regardless of blood sugar levels. These medications are effective but can cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Because of the way Invokana works, it is far less likely to cause dangerously low blood sugar, compared with some other diabetes medications.
In some people, Invokana may need to be combined with other diabetes medicines. Invokana has been studied in combination with a wide variety of different diabetes medications, including insulin.
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