A relatively new treatment option for patients with type 2 diabetes is surrounded in controversy following reports that it’s linked to several potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Invokana is a member of a class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors. These drugs treat symptoms of type 2 diabetes by preventing the absorption of excess glucose into the kidneys, and by helping the patient excrete excess glucose through the urine. Although Invokana has been a very effective treatment alternative for some patients, it is also at the core of many drug injury lawsuits.
Invokana Linked to Heart Attack, Kidney Failure, and Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Multiple lawsuits claim that Invokana’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson), failed to warn patients and physicians about the risks associated with the drug. As a result, many patients have developed serious health problems, and some have died. The FDA received 457 adverse event reports linked to Invokana in its first year on the market. Invokana is linked to kidney failure, heart problems, and a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis, which occurs when a high level of toxins accumulate in the bloodstream. If left untreated, ketoacidosis can result in diabetic coma or death. Other health conditions linked to Invokana include kidney stones, urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and liver disease.
Recent Invokana Lawsuits
- In February, Charles Maddox filed a lawsuit in Louisiana claiming that he developed diabetic ketoacidosis after taking Invokana.
- Rosalba Joudry, a Canadian woman, is suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion, claiming that she developed kidney failure after taking Invokana for eight months. Joudry filed her lawsuit on behalf of herself and the other victims in the same class-action lawsuit.
- A Texas woman recently filed a $13 million Invokana lawsuit, claiming that she developed ketoacidosis after only one month on the drug.
If you develop health problems while taking Invokana, contact your health care provider immediately. Common symptoms of Invokana-related medical conditions include gastrointestinal problems, nausea and vomiting, dehydration, excessive urination, dry mouth, decrease in appetite, weakness, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. Although these symptoms can indicate health conditions unrelated to Invokana, it is better to be safe than sorry. The most serious health conditions linked to SGLT2 inhibitors can be life-threatening if left untreated.
The Goldwater Law Firm – Nationwide Drug Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has developed health problems after taking Invokana or any other SGLT2 inhibitor, the Goldwater Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have extensive experience with defective drugs, and we have a very impressive track record of obtaining compensation for our clients. When drug companies put profits before the safety and well-being of the general public, they should be held accountable for their actions. Janssen Pharmaceutical’s failure to warn of risks associated with Invokana may have resulted in thousands of injuries. If you’ve been injured, we can help. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, including medical expenses and pain and suffering. Contact the Goldwater Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.