FDA Issues Warning Regarding the Diabetic Drug Invokana

FDA Issues Warning Regarding the Diabetic Drug Invokana


FDA Issues Warning Regarding the Diabetic Drug Invokana

Another diabetic drug is in the news warning users of possible side effects. The FDA issued a warning for users of the SGLT2 inhibitors, drugs such as Invokana. The statement issued warned of the possible build up of dangerous acids, called ketones, in the blood. This build up of acids is referred to as ketoacidosis. The report cites incidences of hospitalization and emergency room visits due to ketoacidosis.

Invokana and Other SGLT2 Inhibitors May Cause Ketoacidosis

Some of the signs of ketoacidosis, include confusion, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, difficulty breathing and unusual fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact your prescribing physician immediately. Without proper treatment this condition can lead to coma, loss of consciousness and death.

SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of drugs that were approved for lowering blood sugar in type 2 diabetes. This class of drugs lowers blood sugar by forcing glucose out of the body through the urine. This mechanism puts added stress on the kidneys. Invokana also been linked to kidney and heart problems. The FDA has not approved these drugs for type 1 diabetics.

Common SGLT2 Inhibitors

Name Ingredients

  • Invokana Canagliglozin
  • Invokamet Canagliflozin and metformin
  • Farxiga Dapagliflozin
  • Xigduo XR Dapagliflozin and metformin
  • Jardiance Empagliglozin
  • Glyzambi Empagliglozin and linagliptin

Patients and physicians are urged to report adverse reactions to the FDA. The FDA has a program called MedWatch to report side effects such as these. Call or email the FDA at:

855-543-DRUG (3784)

and press 1


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