The popular type 2 diabetes medication Invokana has been linked to dangerous side effects, including ketoacidosis, kidney problems, kidney failure and heart attack.
Those who have suffered these dangerous adverse events are encouraged to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about their legal options. Because the drug’s manufacturer failed to warn about these side effects, patients may be entitled to compensation through an Invokana lawsuit for their pain and suffering and medical bills.
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Common Ketoacidosis Symptoms
Invokana belongs to a class of medications called sodium-glucose cotransport-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, which are used to help reduce the amount of sugar in the blood stream of diabetic patients.
Recent research and patient reports have indicated that use of Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors may be associated with ketoacidosis, which occurs when the body produces excess acids (ketones) in the blood. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include:
- Extreme thirst
- Abdominal pain
- Fruity-smelling breath
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should then contact our experienced attorneys to learn more about filing an Invokana lawsuit.
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Shortly after Invokana was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, the administration began receiving reports of incidents of ketoacidosis in patients taking the drug. In total, the FDA received 20 adverse event reports within the first few months the drug was on the market.
This led the FDA to issue a safety alert in May 2015 about the risks of developing ketoacidosis while taking Invokana. It stated that it would further investigate the reports it had received.
A study conducted at the University of San Diego analyzed the side effects of the drug and found a direct-correlation to ketoacidosis. Over an 18-week period, researchers studied 351 diabetic patients, half of whom were taking Invoakana and the other half of whom were taking a placebo.
The results showed that seven patients taking 300 mg doses and five patients taking 100 mg doses of Invokana developed ketoacidosis, while no patients taking the placebo developed the condition.
Shortly after, the FDA issued a second warning stating that Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors may cause an increased risk for developing ketoacidosis.
Despite the research and numerous warnings from the FDA, Invokana remains on the market. Those who have taken this medication should consider filing an Invokana lawsuit to seek justice and compensation from the negligent manufacturers that continue to sell and profit from this dangerous drug.
Learn More About Filing an Invokana Lawsuit
Countless lawsuits have been filed against the maker of Invokana claiming that it failed to notify doctors and consumers about the dangers of its medications. If you or someone you love has experienced the dangerous side effects of the drug, you may also be entitled to compensation through an Invokana lawsuit.
Contact Lynch Law Firm today for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options. We work on a contingency fee basis and charge no fees unless your case is successful.