Invokana is a SGLT2 inhibitor used in combination with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar and improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious problems, including blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and a range of other life-altering problems.
However, the FDA warns that Invokana has been linked to life-threatening side effects, including heart attacks, diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, and more.
The Columbus,Ohio Fitch Law Firm is investigating cases involving Invokana. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis or have experienced other serious health issues as the result of taking Invokana, you need an experienced bad drug lawyer to fight for your rights. Contact the Fitch Law Firm today at 855-LAW-OHIO for a free consultation.
Potential side effects from using Invokana
Inokana was approved by the FDA in 2013. Invokana is one of a class of new drugs known as sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors which help lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Invokana has been linked to hundreds of cases of serious medical issues. The most serious potential side effects linked to Invokana are heart attacks, kidney damage and diabetic ketoacidosis.
In a drug safety announcement issued in May 2015, the FDA warned that Invokana and other drugs in the SGLT2 inhibitor class may cause diabetic ketoacidosis after they received 20 reports of patients developing the condition after taking one of these drugs.
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious medical condition where ketones (acidic waste products) begin to build up in a patient’s blood and urine. This typically occurs when fat cells are broken down for the body to use because it can’t use the glucose in the blood due to low levels of insulin. Diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to diabetic coma and even death.
According to the FDA, there are three major factors that can trigger diabetic ketoacidosis in patients taking Invokana:
- Reduced insulin dose
- Reduced fluid intake
- Major illness
Symptoms of Diabetic ketoacidosis include:
- Decreased alertness
- Deep, rapid breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry skin and mouth
- Flushed face
- Frequent urination or thirst lasting more than a day
- Stomach pain
- Muscle stiffness and aches
- Fruity-smelling breath
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms after taking Invokana, seek medical attention immediately. Then contact an attorney experienced in Invokana cases to help you.
How can the Fitch Law Firm help you?
Pharmaceutical companies have teams of high-priced lawyers who fight to protect them from lawsuits. If you or a loved one has experienced serious health problems like diabetic ketoacidosis after taking Invokana, you need an experienced bad drug attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve.
The Columbus,Ohio- based Fitch Law Firm has decades of experience dealing with drug companies and their lawyers, and our experienced legal professionals know the best ways to handle these cases to get you the result you need.
Call 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation. We’ll review the evidence in your case and determine if you should move forward with an Invokana lawsuit.