User Reviews for Invokana (Page 5)
Invokana has an average rating of 5.9 out of 10 from a total of 253 ratings on Drugs.com. 48% of those users who reviewed Invokana reported a positive effect, while 33% reported a negative effect.
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For Diabetes, Type 2: “My sugar levels were in the 250-300 constantly.. now they are below 130 it's great.. there's risks with this medication being new.. but it's working wonders.. was on metformin 1000mg twice a day and Glipizide twice a day now.. just metformin and Glipzide once a day.. I am very happy. Feel a lot better.. no side effects so far.. was going to get insulin if Invokana didn't lower my sugar levels.. so lucky to have gotten it prescribed to me..”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Four days in, I've been feeling REALLY bad around mid-afternoon. Have already lost a few pounds. Frequently very thirsty. Have a hard time concentrating when the mid-afternoon blahs come on. A1c probably can't be judged based on less than a week, but seems to have come from 8.1 to 7.5. Am really hoping I get used to this medication, but it's a bit of a rough ride for me in the initial going. Just a word of warning...your mileage may vary, of course. Used the coupon to get it free, but my copay would be $85 a month otherwise.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Thought this medicine was great at first, but after going to 300mg dose, got yeast infections, terrible itching and burning. Tried all the suggested ideas, probotics, washing more, baby wipes, drinking more water, vasoline, moniststat, but to no avail. Would clear up for a few days and start up again. Just could not stand it any longer. While I could eat slightly more carbs, only lost about 10lbs after 5 months and then it seemed like when I did eat carbs my sugar went up and stayed up until I ate my next meal before going down. A1c only went from 7.9 to 7.8 after three months on the higher dose. Also had terrible dry mouth and frequent urination. Just unsure of this medication.”
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For Diabetes, Type 2: “I took Invokana for about 3 weeks at 100mg, within 2 weeks I had a yeast infection and generally had a ill body feeling, I was jumped up to 200 MG and in approx 2 weeks I had swelling in both arm pits, legs, pains all over my body. I stopped and started this drug 3 x and every time I tried to the same swelling in my arm pits and arms. We had no idea if it was the drug or a underlying health conditions. Due to swelling in the arm pit and pains my doctor screened me for cancer as it runs in the family, all STD'a and meningitis all came back negative. Every time I stopped this medication I felt better. Felt so lathargic and pain in my arms back. Will never take it again. Ever!!!!”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Type II diabetic since 2003. Been on Metformin, Avandia, glyburide, Lantus, and Novalog either as monotherapy or in combinations. Been on pump since 2007 and got through 2 pregnancies with pump. Endocrinologist recommended this so I can reduce my insulin uptake and hopefully, get off the pump (weight gain and complacent with diet on pump). So far I've only been on Invokana 4 days. Lost 8 pounds, reduced appetite, more water intake. Noticed you need to watch carbs or sugar will spike. I'm still on Metformin 2000mg/day and pump but barely any insulin. Will stay on this for a while to see if I can get off the pump (my goal) and lose more weight.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I'm pre-diabetic and was prescribed this medicine 2.5 months ago. I started at 100 mg for a week, then went to 300 mg. I had no idea I could lose weight so quickly. I am down about 25 lbs without changing my eating habits. I drink tons more because you are always thirsty, which means you urinate more often. Yeast infections and some hair loss seem to be the negatives but will stay on it as long as the benefits out weigh the negatives.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “This really helped lowe my sugars a lot! For the first time in years my sugars are normal! I lost about 15 lbs too! Had some rough side effects at the beginning (aches, yeast infections from sugar in urine) but they all got better when the sugar levels went down. Also on Janumet which is pretty good too.”
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For Diabetes, Type 2: “Diagnosed type 2 a few weeks ago, prescribed Metformin and Invokana both (low dose) so far so good, have gone from 250-300 to 120-180 in a short time, no weight loss yet, but lost about 18lbs in less than 2 months before visit to Dr. could definitely lose more! Hope you all find what works best!”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “After taking Metformin for yrs. I suddenly developed chronic diarrhea. I was put on Invokana as the next medicine to try and absolutely loved it. Weight loss and lower blood sugars. Unfortunately I also developed chronic diarrhea with this medicine also. I am now on Victoza and get headaches, stomach pain, racing heart, high blood pressure. I would definitely stayed on Invokana if I could.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I have lost extensive weight and have lots of energy but my hair is falling out and is so brittle is breaking off at the ends. My numbers have gone down but your hair is usually a good indication of your health. If the medication is doing this to my hair what other long terms effects am i going to have that I am unaware of. I am thankful that other people expressed their problem with hair loss also. I was told that I probably use too many chemicals on my hair.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I've been on Invokana for year in a half. At first I did lose weight as I've done with other diabetic medications. That lasted maybe a month and than stopped. I didn't see a significant drop in my A1C and have frequent yeast infection. If I can't get to the pharmacy to pick it up and am without it for a couple of days I get relief from the yeast infection. I'm to the point where I am tired of dealing with having the and will most likely ask my doctor to take me off of it.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Started taking Invokana 100 mg on 4/19/16. By 4/26/16 I developed the most horrendous yeast infection ever. I was then prescribed fluconazole 100 mg for 10 days. So far have not had any relief from the yeast infection. Brain fog and awful muscle and joint pain have also plagued me after I started taking Invokana. I have since stopped taking it, just not worth the physical pain or the mental disconnect that comes with it.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Where do I start? I have been on Invokamet SR for about 2 months, Diabetes 2. I've developed vaginal discharge, nausea daily, extreme diarrhea daily, itchy skin. Today was the final straw. It irritated my stomach so bad, I didn't make it to the restroom. I have no social life while taking these pills. I don't even care about the weight loss.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I took Invokana. At first it was ok & sugar levels dropped and I lost 5 lbs, but at first I had a coupon and samples. I could not afford the $400 a month and medicare does not cover it. I continued to get samples for several months but then the vaginal itching began. From day 1 I had a terrible itchy rash on my arm. My Dr. sent me to Dermatologist, Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist and finally physical therapy thinking it was related to the bank of nerves from back to shoulder etc. (I also have a collapsed vertebrae in that area). Finally I stopped the Invokana & itching stopped, weight came back, sugar levels soared but lo an behold, the rash on my entire left arm & shoulder disappeared and never came back!”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I have only been on invokana for 10 days with no side effects yet. I hope that remains the same. I am glad to hear about the weight lose for others. I could stand to loose 25-30 pounds. That would be great for my blood sugar. My last a1c was 8., daily readings Have been 158-178 but before I was over 200. I also take 2000 mg of meformin time release. I plan to start fast walking now. It sounds like all of the above will improve if I am as lucky as most of you guys are. Will report back after a little longer on this med. Best of luck to everyone.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Started taking Invokana a little over a year ago. Started noticing a lot of hair loss then I Googled it and found this site which was helpful. Went to my internist and she Googled it and found the same articles and comments. Took me off it and I switched to Jardiance. Within 3 months I switched back to Invokana. My A1C and daily numbers improved greatly. I've lost 15 pounds. I already exercised and watched my diet. Have been Type II for 12 years which is from my dad's side of the family, we all have it. I've chosen to live with the hair loss which seems to run in cycles. Hard for a gal that had full chemo and has lost all of her hair previously. It looks like this drug will either really work for you or it's not for you at all.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “While Invokana does control A1C, the damage it does to your body is horrible! Let alone I have to drink about a gallon of water a day, I can't stop peeing. I'm 55 and pee the bed every night. My kidney and liver numbers have been rapidly climbing ever since I started this drug. If you can avoid this drug, do so. If you can't, get plenty of depends (incontinence pants)... you're gonna need them!”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Hello, I thought since everyone else is sharing their comments on this I would also. I took Invokana for about a year. I had the yeast infections so bad that I was having two periods a month. I quit taking it in Oct of 2016, in Nov of 2016 I had severe pain. I went to my OB/GYN and I ended up having a hysterectomy in Jan of 2017, now I am dealing with high WBC. This was the worst drug I could of been on. I ruined my life in so many ways. Just wanted to let you know.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “This med is amazing!! Absolutely best medication developed! Was at 11 on HBA1C on Metformin and Glimepiride. Invokana was added and amazing I've run consistently at 7.0!! Now I take 2,000 mg Metformin, 1,000 mg BID. And Glimepiride 4 mg a day with Invokana increasing to 300 a day. If you've got problems why delay any longer? Insist on Invokana immediately! To the guy that says he had general malaise and fatigue, I'd get your CBC checked. Very doubtful it's from Invokana.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I started taking Invokana about 2 weeks or so ago. I have been Type 2 diabetes for 15 years. Last year I had to start insulin in addition to the metformin ER and glimiperide I have been taking. I have been trying desperately to lose weight too. My doc let me go on phentermine 3 months ago, and I lost 12 lbs in 3 months. I needed to lose 35-40 more. My last A1C was 6.9, up from 6.6 the 3 months preceding. So, doc told me about this new medicine. She stopped my glimiperide and I still take 2000mg metformin ER (split am/pm) and she cut my insulin to 11 units am, 20units pm. My sugars have gone up, fasting is now between 124-150 (whereas before they were 90-120), and 2 hrs after I'm around 178. ”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “At first I had great success. I lost 15 lbs, I no longer needed to use Novorapid and reduced my Lantus. Then my BS started increasing and had to use Novorapid again and increase Lantus. My a1c went from 8.9 to 8.3 in 3 months. Severe yeast infection from the start. My endo increased it to 300 mg. I still take the same dose of Novorapid and Lantus and still have highs. Haven't lost any more weight and yeast infection is so bad I just want to claw someone's eyes out. I'm not sure I want to stay on it.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Have been on Invokana/Metformin (Invokamet) for less than a week and my experience has been terrible. I expected to have to urinate more but I am experiencing an insatiable thirst with the need to urinate almost hourly which is extremely disruptive to daily activities. Even after less than a week on the medication I am having constant genital itching. But the final straw for me was an exacerbation of my neuropathy. My legs from the knee down burn so severely that I cannot sleep. I am done with this and have decided to stop taking it completely. If this is working for you that's great but I just cannot tolerate the side effects.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I’ve been taking Invokana for 4 or 5 years and love it. I eat normally, lost 9 pounds (which stayed off) and kept my A1c in the mid to low 6’s. My only problem was recurring genital yeast infections. This problem was forever solved by installing a toilet seat bidet. ($650, Brundell). The Brundell has worked faithfully for around 3 years, and frankly I hate to leave home! Just kidding.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “My blood sugar went from 280-300 to around 200, so I didn't get my desired results. Also, I had extreme thirst, constant urination, every 1 1/2 to 2 hours at night and eventually not much urine coming out. Then the constipation set in and made me so miserable that I discontinued the medication after 3 weeks to get some relief. It's been 4 days and everything is back to normal. High readings but no thirst, urination or constipation. It wasn't worth the side effects. Also, my insurance company wouldn't pay for it so it cost $400.00 for a one month supply. Then the doctor's office gave me a card that was suppose to make it only cost $25.00 a month, but I guess I'll never know.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “Taking Invokana for at least several years now. Also take metformin and Tradjenta, but the latter is new for me. One thing I noticed almost right away was a "weird" feeling that was kind of like skin sensitivity which could be related to (decreased) circulation. When I told doctor about it, was told very firmly that "that is not something associated with this drug." Now all of a sudden there is new info about increased amputations! Also get the aches, muscle pains and swollen arm pits/arms. I was really wondering about that! Why? No yeast problems, though. Did help as the "final push" to really help normalize sugars, but will now reconsider taking it! Prob. not worth it.”
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