Recent filings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have raised concerns regarding a class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors. Among them is a drug called Invokana, which has been linked to ketoacidosis, a condition that can sometimes lead to diabetic coma or even death. Invokana lawsuit attorneys allege that the manufacturers should have disclosed additional information about the relationship between Invokana and ketoacidosis. Affected patients may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a Georgia Invokana lawsuit.
If you suffered severe side effects after taking Invokana and want to learn more about your options for an Invokana lawsuit, contact the Georgia Injury Attorney Group. We provide free consultations, which are also confidential and without obligation, and if you have a case we can connect you with an affiliated Invokana attorney in Georgia who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Invokana?
Invokana is a drug that is sometimes prescribed to adult patients with Type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors, all of which are slightly different, but all of which work by a similar chemical mechanism. Invokana is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, and it has a variety of acknowledged side effects that are common for many medications, such as dry mouth and nausea, which are experienced by a small percentage of patients. It has also been linked to more serious conditions, including not only ketoacidosis but also heart attack and diabetic coma, both of which can occur as a complication of the initial ketoacidosis.
How Does Invokana work?
All of the drugs in the SGLT2 inhibitor class work by encouraging the kidneys to process excess blood sugar out of the body through the urine. This helps to lower dangerously high blood sugar levels in diabetes patients, reducing the risk of health complications. This effect can also lead to dehydration and low blood sugar under some conditions, such as when it is combined with certain other diabetes medications or when a patient takes in insufficient fluids to counter its diuretic effect. For patients who regularly experience dangerously high blood sugar levels, this method of lowering blood glucose can be quite effective, but like any therapy designed to control chronic conditions, it needs to be carefully monitored.
Risk of Injury
Patients using Invokana risk injury through ketoacidosis, an acidifying of the blood caused by the release of excess ketones when the body burns fat as energy. This risk is magnified in cases of dehydration or when the drug is combined with other drugs intended to lower blood sugar. Invokana patients who experience ketoacidosis can have a range of responses, hospitalization is frequently required, and severe cases can lead to diabetic coma and death.
Risks of Invokana
To summarize, risks of severe side effects associated with Invokana include the following:
- Cardiovascular issues
- Kidney damage and sometimes failure
- Diabetic coma
Affected patients are encouraged to seek the advice of a Georgia Invokana lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.
Other Invokana Side Effects
In addition to the risk of serious injury, Invokana has several minor side effects that are experienced by some patients. These include nausea, dehydration, and stomach cramps in some patients. Occasionally, hives and other allergic reactions have also been observed, along with weakness and fainting that might be a result of low blood pressure. Higher levels of cholesterol and hemoglobin have also been observed in some patients, as have increased magnesium and potassium levels. Some of these side effects, such as dehydration, are known to complicate ketoacidosis. Diabetics taking Invokana who experience serious side effects should report symptoms to their doctors.
Georgia Invokana Lawsuit
The recent FDA disclosures revealing have shed light on the extent to which the link between ketoacidosis and Invokana was documented by clinical trials and independent studies of the drug. Patients who have experienced ketoacidosis while taking the drug to control high blood sugar caused by Type 2 diabetes may be eligible to file a Georgia Invokana lawsuit.
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