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Canagliflozin

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Uses

Canagliflozin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

How it works

Canagliflozin increases the loss of sugar through the kidney.

Common side effects

Nausea, Frequent urge to urinate, Increased thirst, Urinary tract infection, Hypoglycaemia (fall in blood sugar level) in combination with insulin or sulphonylurea, Genital fungal infection

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Expert advice

  • Drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated.
  • Notify your doctor right away if you have nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, tiredness, or trouble breathing.This could be due to ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).
  • Notify your doctor if you are or are planning to become pregnant.
  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. A planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines. 
  • Canagliflozin does not help patients who have type 1 diabetes.

Frequently asked questions

Canagliflozin

Q. How does canagliflozin work?
Canagliflozin acts in the kidney and removes excess glucose from blood through urination thus reducing glucose in the blood

Q. Why does canagliflozin increase LDL (low density lipoprotein)?
Canagliflozin is known to show moderate increases in LDL. The exact mechanism for how this works is not known but is related to urinary glucose excretion

Q. How does canagliflozin work?
Canagliflozin acts in the kidney and removes excess glucose from blood through urination thus reducing glucose in the blood

Q. Why does canagliflozin increase LDL (low density lipoprotein)?
Canagliflozin is known to show moderate increases in LDL. The exact mechanism for how this works is not known but is related to urinary glucose excretion.


Content on this page was last updated on 18 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)