Many people who have type 2 diabetes take Invokana to help in their diabetes treatment in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise. Invokana is taken orally and works by assisting the removal of sugar by the kidneys. While this drug helps many patients manage their disease more effectively, Invokana has been linked to increased risks of kidney failure and ketoacidosis, which is characterized by dangerously high blood acid levels. A Michigan Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other diabetes medications.
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Type 2 Diabetes
According to the Mayo Clinic, the body’s ability to break down glucose (sugar) for energy is compromised when a person has type 2 diabetes, which affects both children and adults. In some cases, the body is stubborn, not letting insulin do its work. In other cases, the body simply under produces insulin, and glucose levels fluctuate as a result. Researchers do not know exactly what causes type 2 diabetes, but there may be some link between the disease and genetics, weight, age, race and/or lifestyle factors. This type of diabetes, in some cases, can be kept in check through exercise, and balancing a healthy diet and a healthy weight. Further treatment, such as medication may be necessary, and in the past few years, a drug named Invokana has been one part of some treatment plans.
What is Invokana?
Invokana is one of the first of a new type of diabetes medication released by Johnson & Johnson in March, 2013. As a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor (SGLT2), this medication works by using the kidneys to excrete excess sugar in urine, according to the drug’s website. This allows patients to more effectively lower blood glucose levels, preventing buildup within the body.
Risks Associated with Invokana
Invokana, and other drugs like it, were the subject of a May 2015 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety communication relating to ketoacidosis, a serious condition in which the body produces high levels of blood acids known as ketones. The warning comes after reports of patients who were hospitalized or treated at an emergency room for the condition after they were prescribed drugs in this class. Over a 15-month period, these 20 cases were reported to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and the agency cautioned patients on these types of medications to get medical help if they start showing symptoms associated with ketoacidosis.
According to the Mayo Clinic, diabetic ketoacidosis, is associated with the following symptoms:
- High levels of blood sugar
- Thirst that is excessive
- Breath that smells fruity
- Urine shows increased levels of ketone
- Vomiting and nausea
- Urination that is frequent
In addition, vomiting and nausea may also be a sign that people are suffering from ketoacidosis, and these symptoms can happen in less than a day.
Invokana risks may include the following injuries or complications:
- Ketoacidosis, which may lead to diabetic coma or death
- Kidney damage or failure
- Bone fracture risk
- Decreased bone mineral density
The FDA have also reported that clinical trials have revealed that Invokana and other type 2 diabetes medication, have higher risk of bone fractures than was previously identified. This was particularly seen among patients who have other medical issues contributing to low bone density. Even though the drug label already includes a warning about the potential for an adverse reaction, the FDA found it necessary to issue a Warning and Precaution to health care professionals and patients.
How a Michigan Invokana Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who have been injured by Invokana may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications after taking Invokana, his or her family members may be able to pursue claims for their loved one’s wrongful death. Compensation may include:
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Affected patients are encouraged to speak with a Michigan Invokana lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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