Invokana Could Do Diabetes Patients More Harm Than Good

Lawsuit suggests Invokana may do diabetes more harm than good

Invokana, once hailed as the ‘miracle drug’ for treating Type 2 diabetes, is now the subject of a series of lawsuits. The Invokana lawsuit alleges that the potential development of ketoacidosis and other side effects were not properly disclosed to patients looking to treat their adult onset diabetes.

Invokana May Cause Kidney Failure and Nerve Damage

Two of the main problems that most diabetics look to avoid are kidney failure and nerve damage. That’s why so many people chose Invokana. Yet, unfortunately the very drug that they hoped would help them lead them straight down the path of what they hoped to avoid. The drug also carries an increased risk of heart attacks and ketoacidosis.

Invokana Lawsuits Increase

Invokana lawsuits are on the arise. Primarily, plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, did not properly warn of the potentially dangerous and life-changing side effects that may be caused by Invokana.

There were issues that were concerning before the manufacturer submitted their application for FDA approval. For instance, very little was actually known about potential side effects. There was no clinical evidence that Invokana caused better results for patients.

Within two years of Invokana’s approval, the FDA received 73 reports of ketoacidosis. Now, they are receiving numerous reports of amputations. Although a direct link has yet to be made, the FDA has started to investigate the potential link.

Symptoms of Ketoacidosis

Ketoacidosis is a very serious condition. It can lead to a diabetic coma or even death. Ketones are chemicals that your body creates to break down fat to use as energy. Your body will do this when it doesn’t get the insulin it needs to make glucose. Glucose is your body’s normal source of energy. Ketones make you more acidic. When this happens, it means that your diabetes is out of control. Ketoacidosis is when your diabetes is out of control. You’ll get very, very sick and likely need to be hospitalized. Symptoms of Ketoacidosis include:

  • Extreme thirst or an extremely dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • High blood sugar
  • High ketones in your urine
  • Constant fatigue
  • Flushed skin
  • Dry skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Sweet smelling breath
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty with your concentration

Ketoacidosis is a medical emergency. If you have symptoms, please call 911 right away and go to the emergency room. Ketones can be tested by using a strip in in your urine. Many experts believe you should check your urine for ketones if your blood sugar is above 240.

Would You Benefit from an Invokana Lawsuit?

If you were prescribed Invokana to help control your blood sugar and you developed ketoacidosis, kidney damage, or suffered from nerve damage, call the Goldwater Law Firm to have your potential claim evaluated. You may benefit from an Invokana lawsuit. Goldwater Law Firm specializes in protecting people just like you who are hurt because of a prescription or medical device that should have made their life better. Goldwater Law Firm provides free initial consultations. Call us now to determine if an Invokana lawsuit may benefit you.

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