The pharmaceutical Invokana hit the U.S. market in 2013, marketed to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug is a sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor that helps improve glycemic control in adults with this type of diabetes. However, the drug, which is manufactured and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, has faced scrutiny and been the subject of product liability lawsuits because of potentially severe and life-changing side effects that were not initially disclosed.
If you suffered serious injuries, including ketoacidosis, from Invokana, you should not wait to schedule a case evaluation with a Florida Invokana lawsuit attorney. The legal team at Ged Lawyers, LLP, is waiting to help.
Invokana and Serious Risks
When Invokana was introduced in the United States in 2013, it quickly became a popular prescription for adults with type 2 diabetes. Not only did the manufacturers state the drug would help with glycemic control, but also with weight management and other problems common to type 2 diabetes patients.
As the years pass, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps mandating additional warnings of severe side effects that can result from taking Invokana. The first warning involved the possible development of diabetic ketoacidosis. This is usually a complication in type 1 diabetics, though Invokana could cause individuals with type 2 diabetes to develop the condition.
Diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to diabetic coma or even death. Some signs of this life-threatening complication can include:
- Dehydration and increased thirst
- Abdominal pain
- Breathing problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive fatigue
- Fruity odor on the breath
As if the risks of ketoacidosis are not bad enough, the FDA continued to add new warnings of additional side effects that can be life-changing. These include:
Acute kidney failure – Invokana has reportedly caused kidneys to shut down in many patients, which results in dangerous waste levels in the body. Signs include swelling of the feet or legs, decreased urine, and more. Anyone who notices these signs while taking Invokana should call their doctor immediately.
Leg and foot amputations – Invokana also now must warn patients that the drug can greatly increase the risk they will need to have a foot or leg amputated. Patients experienced tenderness, pain, ulcers, sores, and infections in their feet or legs, and diabetes can impede the healing process, leading to the need for amputation. Some reports claim that patients taking Invokana have double the chance of amputation.
Can You File an Invokana Lawsuit?
If you suffered from ketoacidosis, kidney failure, or amputation due to taking Invokana, you are one of many patients who can hold manufacturers liable for selling a high-risk drug and failing to warn of these severe complications. It is important to discuss how to proceed with an experienced product liability lawyer.
Consult with Our Invokana Ketoacidosis Lawsuit Attorneys Today
At Ged Lawyers, LLP, we take on large pharmaceutical giants who sell defective or dangerous drugs and cause serious injuries to unsuspecting clients. Call 561-995-1966 or contact us online to discuss how we might help with your Invokana ketoacidosis lawsuit.