Invokana (also known as Canagliflozin) is prescription medication used to help patients with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, it quickly became popular because it was the first in a new class of drugs used to manage diabetes called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. SGLT2 inhibitors help prevent high blood-sugar levels by assisting the kidneys in removing excess sugar from the body through urination. Invokana is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson).
Invokana Side Effects
Invokana has been linked to several serious side effects, many of which require hospitalization. In May 2015, the FDA released a safety statement warning doctors and patients that SGLT2 inhibitors like Invokana could increase a patient’s risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition where the body produces too many acids or ketones in the blood. If left untreated, the acidity of a patient’s blood could cause a diabetic coma or even death.
Common Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis Can Include:
- Abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Muscle stiffness
In addition to diabetic ketoacidosis, Invokana has also been shown to cause kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, amputations, and flesh eating diseases. The drug is particularly dangerous for patients suffering from some form of kidney disease or who are undergoing dialysis treatment. Just a year after the initial safety statement, the FDA warned doctors and patients that preliminary clinical trial data showed an increase in amputations for patients taking Invokana.
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to warn doctors and patients of all side effects and risks associated with their medications. When they fail to do so, patients can get hurt, and the manufacturers can be held responsible. If you or someone you love was suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, or death while taking Invokana, you have the right to file a claim against the manufacturer. For those who have been hurt by Invokana’s side effects, there is a limited amount of time to act. Contact the experienced pharmaceutical attorneys at Dax F. Garzas, P.C. at no charge to learn what your options are.