A few months ago I announced that the Food and Drug Administration was reviewing a new type of medication for Type 2 Diabetes. You can read my posting about it here.
Well today I have some exciting news to report. The FDA has approved that drug, Invokana, for use in the United States! (and no, this is not an April Fools joke!) Invokana is a drug that works like the drug Forxiga which was released recently in Europe. The most exciting thing about Invokana is that no other drug in the United States works like it does – it is the first in its class.
Invokana helps to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetics by limiting how much sugar the kidneys are able to reabsorb from the urine. This lowers the amount of sugar (glucose) that is in the blood. Studies have shown that Invokana lowers both A1c and fasting blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics. It has been studied for use by itself as well as with other diabetes medications (like metformin, insulin, glyburide, glipizide, and Actos).
This news means that Invokana will soon be available at your local pharmacy, with a prescription from your doctor. The FDA is still requiring some studies to make sure that no problems arise in patients taking Invokana, but at this point they feel that the drug is safe enough for use in certain patients. They will be continuing to study Invokana’s effect on the heart, pancreas, liver, bone, and on children and pregnant women. The most common side effects that were found in studies with Invokana are vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and dizziness or fainting upon standing.
If you are interested in trying Invokana, talk to your doctor. Invokana should not be used in type 1 diabetics, people with high levels of ketones in the urine, or anyone with severe renal disease or on dialysis.
If you would like to know more about Invokana’s approval from the FDA you can visit their website here.
As a disclaimer, I am your “virtual” pharmacist, here to provide you with information and answers to questions. However, I am not your local pharmacist and could, in no way, be aware of your specific medical needs. Remember to always check with your medical provider and pharmacist before stopping or starting any new medications. My posts are based on general pharmacy principles and should not considered as your “first opinion” when it comes to your health. Please consult with your doctor and pharmacist about anything regarding your health.