Canagliflozin is used with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medicines, to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes (a condition where blood sugar is too high because the body does not or insulin does not use normally). Canagliflozin is also used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death in people with type 2 diabetes and heart and vascular diseases. Canagliflozin is also used to reduce the risk of end-stage kidney disease, worsening kidney function, hospitalization for heart failure, and cardiovascular death in people with type 2 diabetes and severe kidney disease. Canagliflozin belongs to a class of drugs called sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2). It lowers blood sugar by making the kidneys get rid of more glucose in the urine. Canagliflozin is not used to treat type 1 diabetes (a condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). A serious condition that can develop if high blood sugar is not treated).
Over time, individuals with diabetes and great blood sugar be able to develop serious complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, nerve damage, and eye problems. Taking medication, changing your lifestyle (e.g. diet, exercise, quitting smoking), and checking your blood sugar regularly can all help treat your diabetes and improve your health. This treatment be able to also decrease the chance of a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetes-related complications such as kidney failure, nerve damage (numbness, cold legs or feet; decreased sexual performance in men and women), eye problems, including changes. Or loss of vision or gum disease. Your doctor and other health care professionals will speak to you about the best way to manage your diabetes.
How should this medicine be used?
Canagliflozin comes as an oral tablet. It is usually taken once a day, before breakfast or the first main meal of the day. Take Canagliflozin at about the same time each day. Carefully follow the directions on your prescription label and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain the parts that you do not understand. Take Canagliflozin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of these, or more often than prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may give you a low dose of Canagliflozin and gradually increase your dose. Canagliflozin controls type 2 diabetes, but it does not cure it. Continue to take Canagliflozin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Canagliflozin without talking to your doctor.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Be sure to follow all exercise and diet recommendations from your doctor or nutritionist. It’s important to eat healthy and exercise regularly.
Follow your doctor’s instructions to drink enough fluids throughout the day while taking this medicine.
What would I do if I miss a dose?
Proceeds the unused dose as quickly as you recall. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Don’t proceeds a dual dosage to make up for a forgotten dose.