Invokana, a medication used to help control Type 2 diabetes, recently received another warning label courtesy of the FDA. The new, stronger warning from the FDA alerts patients to the risk of ketoacidosis and kidney damage. The FDA stated, “Based on recent reports, we have revised the warnings in the drug labels to include information about acute kidney injury and added recommendations to minimize this risk.”
Reports of Acute Kidney Injuries Related to Invokana
Invokana was approved by the FDA in March 2013. Between 2013 and 2015, the FDA received 73 reports of acute kidney injuries caused by Invokana. Around half of the cases reported experienced the kidney damage within the first month of taking the drug.
Ketoacidosis and Invokana
Ketoacidosis is another devastating side effect that may be caused by Invokana. In May 2015, the FDA reported that there is an increased risk of this potentially fatal condition. Ketoacidosis occurs when ketones, fatty acids, are overproduced by the body and enter into the blood stream. This causes a chemical imbalance called ketoacidosis. It often develops quickly and can include many of the symptoms generally associated with being diagnosed as diabetic. If left untreated, ketoacidosis can cause loss of consciousness and even death.
Ketoacidosis can be treated although it does take medical intervention. In addition to the initial treatment, you may need to avoid certain triggers that your doctor believes triggers the condition. Treatment includes fluid replacement, electrolyte replacement, and insulin therapy.
Would You Benefit from an Invokana Lawsuit?
If you’ve suffered from kidney damage, ketoacidosis, or an amputation after taking Invokana to help control your Type 2 diabetes, you may benefit from an Invokana lawsuit. An Invokana lawyer can help answer any questions that you may have about filing a lawsuit and can evaluate your potential claim.
An Invokana lawyer specializes in helping injured patients get the compensation that the deserve for their injuries. In many of the currently filed lawsuits against Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer did not properly warn the public about the serious side effects that may be caused by using the drug. Other allegations include negligence, manufacturing a defective drug, and misrepresenting the drug’s risks and benefits.
Is Invokana a Class Action Lawsuit?
Many people who reach out and contact Goldwater Law Firm regarding an injury caused by Invokana often ask us whether this is a class action lawsuit. No. Invokana lawyers are filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were injured. If enough claims are filed, there is a chance that they will be consolidated into a multi-district litigation. Multi-district litigation isn’t quite the same as class action. Although certain types of claims are grouped together, the claims are kept as individual claims. Multi-district litigation simply streamlines the court process.
Questions about Filing an Invokana Lawsuit?
If you took Invokana and developed serious side effects, call Goldwater Law Firm now. We can answer any questions that you may have about whether you would benefit from filing a lawsuit. Goldwater Law Firm provides free initial consultations.