A Minnesota Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by SGLT2 inhibitors and similar type 2 diabetes medications. For people living with type 2 diabetes, the right medication can make all the difference in their ability to maintain a healthy life. One of these medications that is prescribed by doctors is Invokana. 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. Affected patients and their families may be able to pursue compensation with the help of a Minnesota Invokana lawsuit attorney.
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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.
Invokana Side Effects
As the Invokana website explains, it is important to watch for potential side effects of drugs. Common side effects (and less severe side effects) of Invokana include yeast infections, urinary issues and mild urinary tract infections. It is also possible for patients to be severely allergic to the drug. Further serious side effects include bone fractures and severe urinary tract issues.
Symptoms such as blood in the urine, back pain, nausea, the frequent need to urinate or a burning feeling may be experienced by people who have a serious urinary tract infection. Invokana also has the potential to interfere with blood sugar levels as well as normal kidney function. For some people, the most serious side effect is ketoacidosis, with symptoms commonly manifesting through breathing problems and nausea, among others.
This life-threatening condition occurs when blood sugar levels become so low that the body resorts to burning fat as an alternative energy source. Ketones are acids that are the result of the broken down fat, and when they are present in the blood in high levels, they can become poisonous, leading to coma and even death.
Possible consequences of diabetic ketoacidosis include prolonged dehydration and brain swelling, according to WebMD. If people suspect they may have serious diabetic ketoacidosis, they often need to visit the hospital for at least a few days because their blood sugar levels are not right. Many patients use test strips at home to test for the possibility of ketoacidosis, and hospital staffers run blood tests and other diagnostics to solidify a diagnosis.
Unfortunately, it is possible to have diabetic ketoacidosis for a while before realizing symptoms are present. Common ones include fruity-smelling breath, vomiting, blurry vision and feelings of thirst. This condition can result in death because the body lacks the energy it needs for proper function, leading to more ketones in the bloodstream and upsetting a chemical balance.
Other Invokana Risks
Invokana risks may include the following injuries or complications:
- Ketoacidosis, which may lead to diabetic coma or death
- Cardiovascular complications
- Kidney damage or failure
- Bone fracture risk
- Decreased bone mineral density
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have also reported that clinical trials have revealed that Invokana and other type 2 diabetes medications have a 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.
Invokana Lawsuit Claims
While the FDA did release a safety communication on Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors in May 2015, bringing more attention to the risks, it was too little and too late for some people. For example, a February 2016 Louisiana lawsuit alleges that a man who took Invokana from July 2014 to February 2015 went into diabetic ketoacidosis after discontinuing the drug.
Additionally, a Canadian lawsuit filed in 2015 claims that a woman used Invokana for eight months before finding out about newly announced possible risks of diabetic ketoacidosis and kidney failure. Tests her doctor ran showed that she was already in early-stage kidney failure.
How a Minnesota Invokana Lawsuit 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 Invokana 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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