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Guideline Recommendations

The latest EASD consensus report reminds us that the goal of treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is to prevent or delay complications.

In the UK, SGLT2is can only be initiated if the eGFR  is ≥ 60 ml/min/1.73m2. For other medicines please consult SmPC for renal prescribing guidance. All products referenced are licensed for insufficiently controlled T2DM or improvement of glycaemic control in T2DM.

CKD or HF

  • For patients with T2DM where Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or Heart Failure (HF) predominates, an SGLT2i* shown to reduce CKD and/or HF progression in CVOTs if eGFR is adequate**, is preferable. 1
  • If SGLT2i not tolerated or contraindicated or if eGFR less than adequate add GLP-1 RA with proven CVD benefit*** 1

ASCVD

  • For patients with T2DM where atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) predominates, a GLP-1 RA with proven CVD benefit is preferable*** 1
  • Or an SGLT2i with proven CVD benefit*** if eGFR is adequate** 1

*Empagliflozin, canagliflozin and dapagliflozin have shown reduction in HF and to reduce CKD progression in CVOTs.
**Be aware that SGLT2i labelling varies by region and individual agent with regard to indicated level of eGFR for initiation and continued use.
***Proven CVD benefit means it has label indication of reducing CVD events.

Improvements in renal outcomes are additional benefits only and not licensed indications.

NICE/SIGN

  • NICE suggests that treatment with SGLT2is such as Invokana, may be appropriate for some adults with type 2 diabetes if metformin is contraindicated or not tolerated. 2
  • NICE also suggests SGLT2is, such as Invokana, as an option for dual therapy (i.e. at first intensification) for patients whose HbA1c rises to 58 mmol/mol (7.5%). 2

  • An SGLT2i, such as Invokana, can also be considered at second intensification as an add-on to other agents including metformin, sulphonylureas, thiazolidinediones, DPP4 inhibitors, GLP-1 agonists and insulin. 2

  • The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) recommends SGLT2is, such as Invokana, as add-on therapy to metformin, in addition to lifestyle measures, for patients with type 2 diabetes who do not achieve an HbA1c of <53 mmol/mol (7.2%) or individual target as agreed. 3

Why choose Invokana?

Invokana is not licenced for the treatment of weight loss.
Improvements in renal outcomes are additional benefits only and not licenced indications.
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