An Indiana Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people who were diagnosed with ketoacidosis after taking the drug to treat type 2 diabetes. Invokana is used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, however, lawsuits claim that patients were never warned by the company about serious issues and complications associated with the drug, including ketoacidosis and kidney injury. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit and recover compensation with the help of an Indiana Invokana lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Indiana 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 attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
FDA Issues Warning
In May of 2015, a warning was issued for all sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The announcement states that patients and medical providers need to be aware of the possibility of ketoacidosis, when taking these drugs, which includes Invokana. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition that may require hospitalization to track sugar levels and reverse symptoms caused by the acidosis.
MedlinePlus reports that patients diagnosed with ketoacidosis will likely need a medical assessment to determine the exact cause of it. A condition more commonly seen in type 1 diabetes patients, the condition can be treated through the use of several methods including fluids and insulin. It occurs when fat begins to be broken down for fuel as the stores of glucose become depleted. This process causes a build-up of ketones, which are chemicals with the potential to poison the body.
The symptoms associated with ketoacidosis include the following:
- Achy and stiff muscles
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
- Flushed face
- Breathing that is rapid and deep
Some patients also report stomach issues, such as stomach aches, vomiting and nausea. A lower level of alertness was reported as well as breath that smelled sweet, like fruit. Excessive thirst and frequent urination were also symptoms commonly reported with ketoacidosis patients.
Other Invokana Risks
In addition to ketoacidosis, Invokana can lead to other risks and complications. Those risks include:
- Yeast infections of the penis and vagina, which can lead to additional problems, potentially requiring immediate medical treatment. Symptoms of this conditions can include a rash, pain, redness and swelling of the penis as well as a discharge, odor and itching for both men and women.
- Dehydration, which may cause a patient to experience weakness or dizziness and to become faint or lightheaded due to depleted levels of salt and water. Patients who were over age 65, taking diuretics, on a low-sodium diet, had kidney problems or low blood pressure were found to be particularly at risk.
- Urinary Tract Infections, sometimes requiring hospitalization as well as reports of these cases have been reported, including diagnosis of pyelonephritis and urosepsis, both considered serious infections.
Acute Kidney Injury
In some patients, renal failure or impairment was reported as acute kidney injury. According to Drugs.com, over 100 cases were reported between March 2013 and October 2015. While most patients improved upon discontinuation of the drug, 15 required dialysis and four patients died. Some cases involved patients who had been taking the medication for a longer period of time, but 58 of the patients had been using the drug for one month or less when the condition developed.
Invokana Lawsuit Claims
After patients began reporting diagnosis of ketoacidosis following treatment with Invokana, the FDA advised Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of the medication, to address the possibility of diabetic ketoacidosis by revising drug labels. The FDA also issued a public safety warning concerning the condition. Patients who suffered this and other negative side effects have begun filing claims to receive compensation for damages they allege were inflicted while taking the medication.
How an Indiana 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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