Canagliflozin belongs to a type of antidiabetic drug known as SGLT-2 inhibitors. It works by blocking the reabsorption of glucose and speeding up its excretion. It is used to treat type 2 diabetes and prevent cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients. Also, it can be used to treat heart failure independently of diabetes.
Canagliflozin is available as tablets. The usual starting dose is 100mg once daily in the morning before breakfast. You may increase the dose to 300mg if needed to achieve glycemic goals. Patients with renal impairment may need dose adjustments.
Common side effects of Canagliflozin include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased risk of urinary tract infection.
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In Hong Kong, Canagliflozin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Canagliflozin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.