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New diabetes drug flushes sugar, calories from the body
Newly FDA-approved Invokana has a unique way of treating blood sugar problems in diabetics.
The drug helps the body to excrete excess sugar in the urine, taking along with it pesky unwanted calories, too.
First of its kind?
Researchers are saying that Invokana is the first of its kind in diabetes treatments, and it could be used as a standalone therapy. The new medicine was tested on more than 10,000 people with type 2 diabetes, and works by preventing the kidney from reabsorbing glucose. Dr. Mary Parks, the director of the endocrinology products division of the FDA, elaborates:
Invokana is the first diabetes treatment approved in a new class of drugs known as sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. We continue to advance innovation with the approval of new drug classes that provide additional treatment options for chronic conditions that impact public health.
According to researchers, the drug will be more effective if it's combined with other type 2 diabetes treatments like insulin, but Invokana is not recommended for type 1 diabetics with ketones in their urine or severe renal problems.
Possible side effects are vaginal yeast infections or urinary tract infections due to high amounts of sugar in the urine. Sudden drops in blood pressure may also pose a problem for certain patients.
Invokana is manufactured for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The FDA is calling for five post-marketing studies for the drug to determine safety and efficacy.
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