INVOKANA AN AID TO DIABETES
Diabetes is said to be one of the life styles disease. Ever since man started to exist, his life style has changed from early primitive times to the tech century of today. Man has evolved from hard working being of the stone ages to an era of today where most of the jobs are being done for him by computers and bots. The level of activity has taken a downhill trip accompanied by many diseases along the way. Diabetes is one such ailment owing to our life style that is (often) misleadingly associated with the aging process, contrary to the fact that diabetes is becoming prevalent in our younger bunch too because of lack of outdoor activity and bustle.
INVOKANA is a prescription drug designed as an aid for Type 2 Diabetes. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the world. In adults about 90% of diagnosed cases of diabetes are of type 2. In US 29.1 million people are diagnosed cases of diabetes where 8.1 million are yet to be diagnosed, living unaware of their condition. In 2012, 1.7 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes in US. The state of the affair is not very different in developing world either, with at least a member of every family suffering from type 2 diabetes (adult onset).
Anyone who has been in this alley knows the debilitating effects of type 2 diabetes. This disorder occurs when the body is no more able to utilize the sugar present in the blood as a result of
- Insulin resistance, the cells do not respond to insulin
- Insufficient amount of insulin production by the pancreas
The consequence is a raised blood sugar level in the blood which is excreted by the kidneys. The exhaust of the disease is shown by many signs and symptoms
- Increased thirst
- Bouts of hunger
- Fatigue and weakness
- Weight loss (may be un apparent)
- Increased urination
- Blurred vision
- Dry and itchy skin
- Delayed wound healing
- Tingling sensation in hands and feet
The main systems troubled in the long run are the heart, kidneys, muscles and nerves.
INVOKANA is a prescription drug for type 2, adult onset diabetes only. It is usually prescribed along with the traditional drug for diabetes, the Metformin. The combination of exercise, conventional diabetic drugs, diet control and INVOKANA helps in controlling the blood sugars at working levels.
The scientific (generic) name of INVOKANA is CANAGLIFLOZIN. It is produced by ORTHO-McNeil JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS. INVOKANA is FDA approved drug (2013).
IT IS IMPORTANT TO CLARIFY THAT INVOKANA IS NOT FOR TYPE 1 DIABETES
HOW DOES INVOKANA WORKS
INVOKANA works by promoting the flushing out of sugar through your kidneys thus lowering the blood sugar levels.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT REMINDER; DO NOT USE INVOKANA IF YOU HAVE ANY KIDNEY PROBLEMS, URINARY COMPLAINTS OR ON DIALYSIS
AVAILABILITY OF INVOKANA
INVOKANA is available as capsule form with 100 mg and 300 mg strength.
The starting dose for INVOKANA is 100 mg once daily (usually before breakfast), which can be increased up to 300 mg per day according to your blood sugar levels. The blood sugar level should be checked regularly while using this drug as it has a tendency to cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Your doctor should monitor the dosage of INVOKANA as other conventional diabetic drug is also prescribed with it.
In case of a missed dose, do not repeat the dose. Take the next dose on time.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN ASSESSMENT OF YOUR RENAL FUNCTIONS BEFORE STARTING THE INVOKANA REGIME
Information, about any other medicines prescribed to you, must be given to your doctor. Some of the medications that interact with INVOKANA are
- Drugs for seizures
- Drugs for heart or blood pressure ( Digoxin )
- Antiretroviral drugs (for HIV / AIDS)
SIDE EFFECTS OF INVOKANA
DEHYDRATION, increased thirst and decreased urination, dizziness
LOW BLOOD SUGAR, the incidence is low if used with other drugs for diabetes
VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION, itching, discharge, which may be smelly
YEAST INFECTION OF THE ORGAN, itching around the organ with bad smelling discharge, rash and pain
ALLERGIC REACTION, skin reactions, swelling on face, lips, tongue and difficulty in breathing
URINARY COMPLAINTS, burning pain while urinating
KETOACIDOSIS, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, confusion
HIGH LEVELS OF POTASSIUM
THE BENEFITS OF INVOKANA
INVOKANA controls the blood sugar when Metformin cannot perform the function alone. Blood sugar levels, indicated by HBA1C, are recorded below 7.0 when INVOKANA is prescribed with Metformin.
Another advantage of INVOKANA is the resulting weight loss. Some people have reported a weight loss of about ten pounds after a yearlong use of INVOKANA.
The overall health is improved with the use of INVOKANA with an increase in energy levels as blood sugar is maintained. The weight loss has a beneficial effect on the cardiac (heart) and muscular health.
CONTRAINDICATIONS TO THE USE OF INVOKANA
If you are pregnant or breast feeding
In case of liver disease
In case of kidney disease
Any urinary complications
If you are on a low sodium diet
If you are undergoing surgery
In case of any previous allergic reaction to INVOKANA
In case of any pancreatic disorder
If you are above 65 years or below 18 years of age
COST OF INVOKANA
The price of INVOKANA 100 mg and 300 mg tablets is about $422 for a thirty-day supply. The price guide is based upon using the Drugs.com discount card accepted at the majority of US pharmacies.
INVOKANA is also offered as free samples, printable coupon, and rebate or saving card. Some of these can be printed from the official website or require registration and filling a questionnaire. Free trial samples can be obtained at the doctor’s office.
IN CASE OF OVERDOSE CONTACT POISON CONTROL CENTRE
ALWAYS KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR DOCTOR REGARDING THE DOSE MAINTENANCE AND IN CASE OF ANY SIDE EFFECTS