Invokana (Canaglifozin) is a prescription drug that is primarily used to help control type 2 diabetes. Despite its wide use, Invokana has been linked to serious side effects. If you’ve been harmed by the drug or think you may have been, an Invokana lawsuit is a viable option to pursue. Dudley DeBosier can help you with your Invokana claim or lawsuit. We’re based in Baton Rouge with attorneys in New Orleans and Shreveport, and we serve clients throughout much of Louisiana.
In May 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was investigating the link between Invokana and the occurrence of ketoacidosis. In May 2016, Invokana side effects were linked to 457 reports of serious adverse events submitted to the FDA during the first year the drug was on the market.
No patients have received Invokana settlements yet, but the drug maker may be compelled by courts to offer financial compensation for its failure to adequately provide warnings about the drug.
Call the Invokana lawyers at Dudley DeBosier if you’re a Louisiana resident and you’d like us to review a potential Invokana claim on your behalf or the behalf of a loved one. We’re experts in personal injury cases, even when the injuries are sustained from pharmaceuticals.
Serious Invokana Side Effects
Also known by the generic name canagliflozin, Invokana is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2011. Invokana works by regulating blood sugar levels in adult patients with type 2 diabetes, triggering the kidneys to take sugar from the body through the urine to lower blood sugar levels.
Health problems associated with Invokana are potentially life-threatening and include:
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency that occurs when toxic wastes known as ketones build up in the bloodstream. The condition usually occurs when the body does not have enough insulin to use glucose (sugar) as a source of energy. Instead, it starts burning fat cells. When fat is broken down, however, dangerous acids called ketones build up in the blood and urine. High levels of ketones in the body can cause diabetic coma or even death.
Kidney damage occurs when the kidneys do not remove waste products from the blood. Invokana may increase the chance of kidney damage and failure.
Leg or foot amputation
Amputation may be required when the vascular system is no longer able to transport blood to the legs and feet. Over time, the feet and legs may become infected with gangrene. In order to avoid the spread of gangrene, the affected area must be removed through amputation.
Serious urinary tract infections
Broken bones (factures)
Other side effects include:
- Vaginal yeast infection
- Yeast infection of the penis
- Changes in urination, including the urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night
- High potassium in blood (hyperkalemia)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Increase in cholesterol
Invokana Health Risks
There is an increased risk of injury and negative Invokana side effects among patients who have:
- High or low blood pressure
- High potassium levels
- Decreased kidney function or kidney failure
- Decreased liver function or liver failure
- Low-salt diet
If you are a resident of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport or elsewhere in Louisiana, and you believe you have grounds to pursue a settlement, get help today from an Invokana lawyer at Dudley DeBosier.
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