The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings in recent years regarding medications like Invokana, also known as SGLT-2 inhibitors. These could lead to increased risk of kidney injuries, amputation of the leg, foot or toes and diabetic ketoacidosis. Other medical studies in recent years have identified concerns associated with stroke and heart attack as well as other cardiovascular injuries. If you or someone you know has already been injured as a result of taking Invokana, you may be entitled to file a legal claim.
Basics of Invokana
Invokana is a brand name of Canagliflozin, a relatively new type of medication to manage Type-2 diabetes. This works differently than other existing antidiabetic medications. Invokana is an SGLT-2 inhibitor meaning that it decreases blood glucose levels in the body of the patient by encouraging kidneys to release more sugar into the urine. These medications come in several different forms, and one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in this category is called Invokana. If you or a loved one has suffered ketoacidosis or other serious symptoms after taking Invokana, our law firm is currently investigating claims you may have against the manufacturer. These medications were marketed as safe for treating Type 2 diabetes, but more patients are coming forward with serious side effects and medical concerns after using them.
The release of excess sugar into a patient’s urinary tract could lead to blood potassium levels rising. Several different side effects have emerged as very problematic for patients taking Invokana. Studies have warned about safety concerns including stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, acute kidney injury, higher rate of foot and leg amputation, and chronic renal disease. The FDA has additionally issued multiple safety warnings regarding these serious adverse events.
The manufacturer of Invokana is Janssen Pharmaceuticals with the parent company of Johnson and Johnson. Numerous lawsuits have already been filed by patients or family members of those who have been harmed by Invokana. If you or someone you know has suffered a cardiovascular injury like a stroke or a heart attack has been affected by chronic kidney disease, diabetic ketoacidosis or kidney injury or have required toe, foot or leg amputation, you could be eligible to recover compensation through an Invokana lawsuit.
Leg and foot amputation could be necessary when a patient’s vascular system is no longer able to transport blood to distant areas of the body. The long term damage caused by high blood sugar levels could even lead to cellular death. Patients may also be affected with serious problems such as kidney injury, cardiovascular injury and ketoacidosis. Patients who are taking SGLT-2 inhibitor should be advised to schedule an appointment with their doctor when any symptoms of kidney failure, heart attack, ketoacidosis, gangrene or stroke develop. These include:
- Muscle weakness
- Increased heart rate
- Extreme fatigue
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Blackened areas or extremities
- Urinary pain
- Infection in the feet, toes or skin
- Sudden difficulty speaking
- Inability to move on one or both sides of the body
- Loss of feeling in toes, feet or skin
Certain medical conditions that a patient already has may increase their risk of significant life threatening Invokana side effects. Patients should notify their doctor if they already know that they have decreased liver function or failure, decreased kidney function or failure, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, heart disease, high potassium levels, or are on a low salt diet.
Family members of those who have been injured and patients may be eligible to move forward with lawsuits against manufacturers Jansen and Johnson & Johnson. Lawsuits allege that the manufacturers knew about the serious side effects and failed to warn the medical community or the public. Those patients who have been injured after taking Invokana could be eligible to recover compensation for their future treatment costs, their current medical treatment, their pain and suffering and their lost wages.
Our law firm is currently investigating claims for those individuals who were prescribed Invokana and used this drug only to learn that serious medical conditions and side effects have impacted their life. If this applies to you, reach out to our office today to learn more.