We hear a lot from clinicians about new drugs but we don’t always get the patient perspective until much later. Invokana (canagliflozin) has been available for several months now, though, so we spoke with a few patients to find out what their experience has been so far:
"I was on metformin and glipizide and my A1c was 7.5. My fasting was always around 110 mg/dl but I would be high the rest of the day and was gaining weight. My doctor stopped my glipizide and started me on Invokana. After two months my glucose at the highest was only 144 mg/dl."
"It has been about 4 months since my doctor gave me my samples of Invokana and after the first couple of weeks I noticed that my glucose was lower when I got up in the morning. Now I have lost about 5 pounds and although I read on the internet that people get yeast infections I have had no problems."
"My doctor asked me to try this new drug with my metformin. I have been on it for 3 months and my A1c went down 1.2% and my weight is down 3 pounds."
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"I was on metformin, Januvia, and Actos, and was not under control. I felt hungry all all the time and my A1c was high. Since I have been on this medication I have eaten less food and my readings are better."
"My doctor gave me a month of samples and although it helped my glucose it was not covered by my insurance. The doctor tried to get an override but it was denied. If I can get my insurance to cover it I will be back on it."
"I am on this with my metformin and the results have been really good. My doctor was going to put me on a once a day shot but now that I am on Invokana my readings have improved and I have lost weight, no shots necessary."
"When they told me I would pee off extra sugar I thought it made sense that it would help my glucose readings and now I can see it. I got my A1c back and it was down under 6.0 for the first time."