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 complications, including increased risks of kidney failure and ketoacidosis, which is characterized by dangerously high blood acid levels. A South Carolina Invokana lawsuit may be an option for people injured by Invokana and other diabetes medications.
If you or a loved one suffered severe side effects after taking Invokana, contact Attorney Group for South Carolina today to learn more about your options. We offer free, confidential, no-obligation consultations. We can answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Invokana lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Invokana?
The body needs glucose, which is a sugar, to provide energy for muscle and tissue cells. The blood delivers glucose along with a hormone known as insulin, which regulates how much sugar is in the blood. People with type 2 diabetes have too much sugar building up in the bloodstream, and the insulin is insufficient to regulate it.
Invokana is part of a class of drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors, which includes other drugs such as Farxiga and Glyxambi that are used to help regulate blood sugar levels in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. This class of drugs, however, is not approved to treat type 1 diabetes patients. Along with other members of the SGLT2 inhibitor class, Invokana works by triggering the kidneys to take sugar from the body through the urine to lower blood sugar levels.
Invokana was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 and is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.
Invokana Side Effects
Some of the common side effects of taking Invokana include the following:
- A painful or burning sensation during urination
- Symptoms that resemble a genital infection, such as redness, swelling, burning, itching and pain
- Weakness, nausea and a slower or unusual heart rate due to high potassium
- Unusual drowsiness, trouble breathing, stomach pain and confusion due to ketoacidosis, a condition which develops when too much acid exists in the blood
- Extreme thirstiness, heavy sweating, the inability to urinate and other dehydration symptoms
While patients are encouraged to contact their doctor if they experience any of these symptoms, taking Invokana is associated with more severe side effects. For example, taking Invokana has been linked to increased risks of myocardial infarction, kidney failure and bone fractures.
Risks Associated with Invokana
When Invokana was approved to enter the health care marketplace, the FDA states that the increased risk of bone fractures was already included on the medication’s drug label. After conducting further clinical trials however, it was discovered that patients could fracture their bones within 12 weeks after starting this medication. Due to these findings, the FDA issued a safety warning to the public in September of 2015 about this elevated risk and updated the labelling for Invokana.
When the FDA changed Invokana’s labelling, they also added new information about taking Invokana and the risk of decreased bone mineral density. This was done after a manufacturer of canagliflozen, which is the generic name for Invokana, conducted a study analyzing the bone mineral density of 714 elderly people over a two-year period. In this study, it was discovered that those who took canagliflozen experienced greater bone mineral density loss in their lower spine and hips than those who were given a placebo.
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
How a South Carolina 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
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications after taking Invokana, family members may be able to pursue claims for their loved one’s wrongful death. Compensation may include:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Invokana, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the drug, are encouraged to seek the advice of a South Carolina Invokana lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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