Background: Selective agents able to locate and identify unique targets represent a crucial
aspect of modern pharmacology. The exclusive location of Sodium-Glucose co-Transporter-2
(SGLUT2) on kidneys prompt companies to develop SGLT2 inhibitors that today are the latest class
of drugs for diabetes treatment. In particular, canagliflozin blocks the re-absorption of glucose in the
kidney lowering blood glucose levels by increasing glucose excretion.
Case Description: We report a 61-year old woman who developed an intense and severe pruritus
during the treatment with canagliflozin. Clinical and laboratory findings excluded the presence of
systemic or skin diseases able to induce pruritus. The discontinuation of canagliflozin and the
treatment with pioglitazone/metformin fixed combination induced a remission of pruritus.
Conclusion: This case emphasizes the need to consider pruritus as a differential diagnosis during the
treatment with canagliflozin.
Keywords: Pruritus, canagliflozin, adverse drug reaction, SGLT2, pharmacology, sodium-glucose.
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