An Arizona Invokana Lawsuit may be an option for patients who experienced severe complications after taking the medication. Despite claims of its effectiveness in treating patients with type 2 diabetes, Invokana is associated with a number of potentially serious side effects, including kidney failure and heart problems. Affected patients and their families may be able to file an Arizona Invokana lawsuit and recover compensation for their injuries.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for Arizona today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Arizona Invokana lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Invokana and How Does It Work?
Canagliflozin, the primary ingredient of Invokana, received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2013. Since its approval, the prescription medication has been used to stem the kidneys’ ability to pull glucose from urine by inhibiting sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2), an enzyme which plays a role in elevating blood glucose levels.
Typically, the kidney receives glucose via blood moving through the organ, which is then reintroduced back into the blood during the process. For patients with type 2 diabetes, this process is altered by the SGLT2 enzyme, and Invokana works by impeding its activity and thus lowering the blood’s glucose levels.
Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, older patients and certain ethnic groups show an increased chance of being afflicted with type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes glucose. While some are able to manage their illness through diet and exercise, medication may be necessary to keep blood sugar levels under control for others.
Proper regulation of blood sugar levels is essential to remaining healthy. Failure to do so can result in nerve damage, trouble with vision and kidney trouble. Type 2 diabetes is characterized as an inability to properly process insulin, which leads to overexertion of the pancreas in order to compensate.
Invokana Side Effects
Despite the relative efficacy of Invokana in some patients, some patients may experience a range of side effects, including:
- Increased need for urination
- Vaginal itching
More serious side effects can also occur. In some cases, some patients have experienced dangerously low blood pressure after taking Invokana. This medication has also been associated with allergic reactions, diminished blood sugar and increased potassium levels in the blood.
Invokana and Ketoacidosis
Those taking Invokana also face the risk of ketoacidosis, a disorder affecting people with diabetes that can result in a range of symptoms, such as facial redness, headache, stiff and aching muscles and problems remaining alert. Ketoacidosis occurs when the body accumulates too much ketones, which are chemicals that come from the breakdown of fat. At this point, the body does not have enough insulin to break down its normal source of energy – glucose. Blood or urine testing is typically how the presence of ketoacidosis is identified.
The FDA has issued a warning pertaining to the risk of ketoacidosis in patients taking Invokana. The agency called for increased vigilance among medical professionals should patients exhibit symptoms of ketoacidosis while taking Invokana or similar drugs. The warning was issued after a review of adverse event reports showed ketoacidosis occurred in type 2 diabetes patients taking drugs intended to inhibit the SGLT2 enzyme (this disorder is usually found in those with type 1 diabetes).
Invokana Lawsuit Claims
The occurrence of serious complications has resulted in legal claims against Janssen, the manufacturer of Invokana. An Arizona Invokana lawsuit attorney notes that a patient suffered from ketoacidosis after taking the drug and alleged that Janssen failed to provide sufficient warning about this possible effect.
Another injured patient found fault with the way the drug was marketed to consumers. Invokana has only been approved for use among type 2 diabetes patients; therefore, the drug cannot be marketed as a treatment for type 1 diabetes. This patient, who also experienced ketoacidosis, claims that she was unware of the potential risks and that the manufacturer is responsible.
How an Arizona Invokana Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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