Invokana lawyers at our firm who have extensive experience in pharmaceutical product liability litigation are currently working with patients and loved ones to pursue just compensation after they have suffered from serious diabetes medication side effects. Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitor drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes have been associated with a number of alarming side effects. Most recently, the FDA warned of diabetic ketoacidosis as a possible Invokana side effect which may lead to coma or even death.
What is Invokana?
Many believe that inactive lifestyles combined with unhealthy diets have caused diabetes to be an epidemic in the United States. Diabetes is a result of elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. When patients have type 2 diabetes, their bodies either don’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels or their bodies resist the effects of insulin. Many type 2 diabetes patients are not able to manage their condition with only diet and exercise modifications and require medications to help regulate blood sugar levels.
Invokana (canagliflozin) is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and was approved by the FDA in 2013. Invokana is a member of the newest family of type 2 diabetes medications known as SGLT2 inhibitors (sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors), which encourage the excretion of excess blood sugar through the urine. Unfortunately, Invokana and related medications have now been linked to a number of very serious and potentially fatal side effects.
Other SGLT2 inhibitors with similar side effects to Invokana include:
- Xigduo XR
Diabetic Ketoacidosis and other Invokana Side Effects
On May 15, 2015, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication to warn of the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis associated with Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors. In a little over one year, the FDA had received 20 reports of patients who required hospital treatment after suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis as an SGLT2 inhibitor side effect.
When the body does not get enough of the glucose it uses for energy, it may begin to break down fats and muscles. The byproduct of this process are acids called ketones, which can quickly accumulate to dangerous levels and cause diabetic ketoacidosis.
Diabetic ketoacidosis can cause diabetic coma or even the death of a patient if not treated properly. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include
- Fruity smell to the breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
In addition to diabetic ketoacidosis, Invokana has also been associated with the following serious side effects:
- Kidney failure
- Kidney stones
- Urinary tract infections
- Yeast infections
Speak with our Invokana Lawyers
Our Invokana lawyers are dedicated to helping patients and family members who have suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis and other diabetes drug side effects pursue compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you believe you may be entitled to compensation because you were not sufficiently warned of Invokana side effects, please contact us today to schedule a free Invokana lawsuit consultation.