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 New Jersey Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other diabetes medications.
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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. This allows patients to more effectively lower blood glucose levels, preventing buildup within the body.
Diagnosing Type 2 Diabetes
While some patients are able to detect diabetes through an immediate blood glucose test, others require more in depth analysis. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are three other tests used for diagnosis:
- Fasting Plasma Glucose: In this type of test, a patient’s blood glucose level is tested after a period of fasting.
- A1C: This test is longer, generally requiring measurements for two to three months.
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Test: The shortest test requires patients to drink a certain drink two hours before testing to see how well the glucose was processed.
Each of these tests offers clues concerning the patient’s ability to effectively manage glucose levels throughout the day. Results that are too high or low can indicate problems and potentially point to type 2 diabetes.
Treating Insulin Problems
Type 2 diabetes patients suffer from insulin resistance and struggle to maintain steady blood glucose levels. According to the official website for Invokana, the drug increases urination, which allows patients to get rid of the sugar in their bodies. By removing more sugar, diabetics will lower their blood sugar and find it easier to manage their condition. It is also claimed that the drug may even lower patients’ systolic blood pressure and generate weight loss.
People with type 2 diabetes can be at risk for additional medical conditions, according to the Cardiology Consultants of North Morris. These conditions can include chronic kidney failure, hypoglycemia, blindness, ketoacidosis and lower leg amputation. To manage type 2 diabetes, patients are often put on an exercise program, special diet and medication such as Invokana.
Risks Associated with Invokana
As some Invokana patients reported requiring hospitalization from complications after taking the drug, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation into the safety of Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors. The result was a warning to patients that the drug may cause serious side effects, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty breathing
The agency advised that diabetic patients who experience these symptoms should immediately seek medical attention, but continue the prescribed medications until they can discuss the side effects with their doctor. In addition to Invokana, other diabetes medication included in this safety warning includes Farxiga, Jardiance, Glyxambi, Xigduo XR and Invokamet.
Additional side effects associated with the use of Invokana include the following, according to WebMD:
- High blood magnesium or potassium levels
- Raised cholesterol and hemoglobin levels
- Yeast or urinary tract infection
In addition, vomiting and nausea may also be a sign that people are suffering from ketoacidosis or high blood acid levels, 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey Invokana lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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