It is used to in Type 2 Diabetes to help control blood sugars, as well as having other benefits listed below.
How does it work?
Canagliflozin is a type of “SGLT2 Inhibitor” medication, but you don’t need to remember that.
It works by causing your kidneys to pee out extra sugar in your urine when your blood sugar is high.
The great thing is that when your blood sugars are normal, it does not kick in. So, it will NOT cause your blood sugars to go too low.
Additional benefits of this medication
This type of medication that has been proven to reduce cardiovascular (i.e. heart and stroke) complications.
Because it causes you to urinate out extra sugar, you are getting rid of some calories this way. So, some people tend to lose weight on this medication, which is an added benefit.
These types of medications have also been shown to protect your kidneys.
These types of medications have also be shown to be helpful for patients with Congestive Heart Failure.
Possible Side Effects
Many people can take these medications without any problems at all.
Some patients may get more frequent bladder infections or yeast infections. If so, these are usually only occasional and can be treated. Only a few people may get so many that the cannot tolerate the medication.
Very, very rarely, some patient’s may get something called “Euglycemic Diabetic Ketoacidosis”. This would typically be with patients who are also on insulin. The symptoms of this may include severe nausea, vomiting, confusion, and feeling very unwell – even though your blood sugars may be normal. See a doctor immediately if you are ever concerned about this.
How to take this medication
This is a pill you take once per day.
Disclaimer: this is just the general and common advice regarding this medication that Dr. Stewart tells his patients. It is not intended to be a complete list of all the information about this medication. For complete information, please click on the product monograph here, or contact your pharmacist.