The latest in some controversial drugs approved by the FDA in the past few years, Farxiga is designed to help type 2 diabetes patients keep their blood sugar levels in check. However, while this insulin sensitizer does work to keep blood sugar levels down, it also significantly increases the likelihood that a patient will develop bladder cancer, along with a few other potentially hazardous side effects.
What Does Farxiga Do?
When a patient has type 2 diabetes, their body still produces insulin, but not at the rate that it should due to insulin resistance. Insulin sensitizers like Farxiga are designed to fight against insulin resistance and promote more even, lower blood sugar levels. However, while Farxiga and other drugs like it do this very well, studies are inconclusive as to the overall benefits of taking these drugs for people with type 2 diabetes. And, with the known side effects, many individuals and organizations are calling for a recall on Farxiga and other insulin sensitizers.
Several years before Farxiga was approved by the FDA early in 2014; scientists were studying the potentially deadly side effects of another insulin sensitizer: Avandia. The two drugs are very similar and have very similar side effects, including the tendency to increase the chance of developing bladder cancer by a significant percentage.
Despite the incredibly high correlation between Farxiga usage and incidences of bladder cancer, the FDA approved the drug, as it did with Avandia, which was responsible for the deaths of nearly 50,000 people in the first ten years after its approval and release. Though they are FDA approved, these insulin sensitizers are more likely to increase a patient’s chances of developing cancer than they are to reduce the risk of kidney or heart disease, blindness, and other health problems that diabetic people face.
Dangerous Side Effects
In addition to significantly increasing the risk of developing bladder cancer, Farxiga is also known for causing kidney damage. This issue, which is especially dangerous for people living with diabetes, can result in permanent damage to the kidneys and the need for long-term dialysis. Without the fully functioning kidneys to rid the blood of waste and toxins, an untreated patient can quickly become septic, and this condition can be fatal if untreated.
Farxiga also has some other less serious side effects that can, nonetheless, cause significant irritation and discomfort. These include but are not limited to genital fungal infections, urinary tract infections, dehydration, kidney problems, and increases in cholesterol levels (specifically harmful LDL cholesterol). Some of these may be merely inconvenient, but kidney problems and high cholesterol levels are both dangerous factors for people with diabetes.
Farxiga and Breast Cancer
While other insulin sensitizers have been shown to increase the risk of bladder cancer in patients, Farxiga has recently also been linked with a much greater risk of breast cancer in female patients taking the drug. In one study patients taking an older drug to regulate blood sugar were four to five times less likely to develop breast cancer than patients taking Farxiga.
If you have developed bladder or breast cancer or you have suffered any of the above side effects while taking Farxiga, you should speak with a qualified attorney immediately, as you may be owed compensation. For a free consultation and case analysis, call our office today or fill out our online contact form at your convenience and someone will respond presently. You should not have to pay for your injuries or health problems caused by taking Farxiga to regulate your blood sugar.