SILVER SPRING, Md. — The United States Food and Drug Administration has just issued another warning regarding Canagliflozin. Canagliflozin, which is used to treat type 2 diabetes, is sold under the name Invokana and also makes up part of the drug Invokamet. These drugs are part of a class of diabetic drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors which work by inhibiting certain proteins in order to reduce glucose levels by causing your body to excrete excess glucose. This time around the FDA is warning of the risk of these types of drugs causing bone fractures and lower bone density in general.
In the bone density warning, the FDA cited a study that demonstrated that bone fractures occurred more often for patients taking Canagliflozin than for those taking a placebo and stated that bone fractures can take place as soon as three months after patients begin taking the drug. The study had been performed by Johnson & Johnson, who manufactures Invokana and Invokamet, and followed over 700 patients.
This announcement by the FDA comes shortly after a similar warning regarding the same class of drugs. A few months ago, the FDA warned that the use of Invokana or other SGLT2 inhibitors may result in kidney failure and diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA. DKA is caused by the the accumulation of ketones in your blood, which can ultimately fatally poison your body due to their acidity. Ketones are produced when your body has to burn fat for energy because your body’s cells are not receiving the glucose that they need.
The use of Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors has also been linked to genital infections including yeast infection because of the way the class of drugs causes your body to secrete excess glucose via your urine. The risk of developing yeast infections as a result of the drug is particularly high for users of Invokana who have already experienced at least one yeast infection in the past. In addition to being associated with kidney issues, genital infections and DKA, research has also demonstrated a link between Invokana and the development of cardiovascular issues, including heart attacks, blood clots and strokes.
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