The prescription drug Invokana (Invokamet) is what is called a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, which is used to treat patients who have Type 2 diabetes. When the drug is used in combination with diet and exercise, it is designed to lower blood sugar and improve the patient’s glycemic control. If Type 2 diabetes is left untreated, it can leave the patient with serious medical problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, kidney failure and blindness, and it is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
The way Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors are supposed to work is by triggering the kidneys to remove blood sugar through a patient’s urine. However, though Invokana has been on the market for a relatively short time, there have been a disturbingly high number of adverse events reported to the Food and Drug Administration, linking the use of the drug to a number of health problems. The problems concerned the FDA enough to trigger the issuance of a Drug Safety Communication linking SGLT2 inhibitors to diabetic ketoacidosis.
The potential side effects of Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors include the following:
- Heart attacks, or myocardial infarction, which involves the death of cells within the heart due to restricted blood flow, usually due to an arterial blockage, which starves the blood of oxygen and nutrients, also called “cardiac ischemia.”
- Kidney failure, which occurs when the kidneys can no longer function properly and causes a build-up of fluids, waste products and electrolytes, which can then result in dizziness, shortness of breath, lethargy, physical weakness, abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death.
- Ketoacidosis is usually associated with uncontrolled Type 1 Diabetes, and occurs when the body produces insufficient insulin. That means the body is unable to use glucose for energy, so the body breaks down fats and proteins, which leads to a buildup of toxic acids in the bloodstream, which are called ketones. Excess ketones can lead to ketoacidosis, which is a very serious, life-altering medical condition that can lead to organ failure, primarily renal failure or a diabetic coma, both of which mean extended hospitalization or even death.
Invokana Side Effects Lawsuits
Unfortunately, there is a statute of limitations on bringing a claim against Johnson & Johnson regarding Invokana, so the time to look into taking action is now. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered negative health effects from taking Invokana or any other SGLT2 inhibitor, we can review all of the facts and evaluate your case. But don’t wait too long; waiting too long can possibly result in losing your right to bring a claim against anyone.
Raizner Slania Invokana Lawyers
The trial lawyers of Raizner Slania are reviewing Invokana side effects claims for injured parties across the country. If you or someone you care about took Invokana and suffered a serious adverse event, please contact us today for a free, confidential review of your facts.