Reports have recently surfaced that a popular diabetes medication may be causing a rare genital infection in some patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially warned both doctors and patients to be wary of the diabetes drugs they are using and their side effects, especially this one.\r\n\r\nThree of the drugs that have been covered by the FDA warning include\u00a0Invokana, Farxiga, and Jardiance to name a few. While the infection is rare, it is still considered life-threatening as it's actually a flesh-eating infection. These type 2 diabetes drugs are designed to "lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine," according to The Kansas City Star.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe FDA stated that about 1.7 million patients in the U.S. were prescribed one of these drugs. This class of drugs (SGLT2) was approved in 2013, and since then, the FDA has identified\u00a012 cases of Fournier\u2019s gangrene in patients taking SGLT2. Every single person who encountered this infection was hospitalized and needed surgery. One of the patients did pass away.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo, what exactly is this flesh-eating genital infection? It's known as\u00a0Fournier\u2019s gangrene or\u00a0necrotising fascitis. It invades the genital area mostly in men, but can also affect women and children as well. The bacteria typically enters the body through a cut or break in the skin, and the infection then quickly spreads and destroys the tissue. Having diabetes alone is a risk factor already for developing\u00a0Fournier\u2019s gangrene. It is found in\u00a01.6 out of 100,000 Americans every year, mostly men ages 50 to 79.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe list of diabetes drugs affected by this infection include:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInvokana\r\ncanagliflozin\r\n\r\n\r\nInvokamet\r\ncanagliflozin and metformin\r\n\r\n\r\nInvokamet XR\r\ncanagliflozin and metformin extended-release\r\n\r\n\r\nFarxiga\r\ndapagliflozin\r\n\r\n\r\nXigduo XR\r\ndapagliflozin and metformin extended-release\r\n\r\n\r\nQtern\r\ndapagliflozin and saxagliptin\r\n\r\n\r\nJardiance\r\nempagliflozin\r\n\r\n\r\nGlyxambi\r\nempagliflozin and linagliptin\r\n\r\n\r\nSynjardy\r\nempagliflozin and metformin\r\n\r\n\r\nSynjardy XR\r\nempagliflozin and metformin extended-release\r\n\r\n\r\nSteglatro\r\nertugliflozin\r\n\r\n\r\nSegluromet\r\nertugliflozin and metformin\r\n\r\n\r\nSteglujan\r\nertugliflozin and sitagliptin\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nVisit the official FDA website for more details.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe FDA recommends that doctors and patients watch out for symptoms of this infection. These symptoms include tenderness, redness, swelling of the genitals or the area from the genitals back to the rectum, or have a fever above 100.4. The infection is fast-moving so it's best to get immediate treatment at the first notice of feeling generally unwell.\r\n\r\nBe sure to SHARE this article to spread awareness about the life-threatening side effect of these drugs!