One out of three people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. This form of diabetes is the most common. The main issue is that your body does not know how to use insulin properly. This results in insufficient production of insulin and causes issues with blood glucose levels.
Jannsen Pharmaceutical, owned by Johnson & Johnson, manufactures Invokana. The drug came to market in March 2013 to help those with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar. Testing showed that Invokana helped lower blood sugar. It was also effective for weight loss, greater A1C reductions, and lower systolic blood pressure. However, despite the benefits, dangerous side effects have presented themselves. This resulted in several U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings.
What is the Reason for Invokana Lawsuits?
Unfortunately, the side effects caused by Invokana are quite serious. The FDA linked Invokana to ketoacidosis, a potentially fatal condition. Using the drug may have other serious side effects as well. They include kidney failure, the need for leg or arm amputations, and heart attacks. These serious conditions have made Invokana lawsuits a real possibility.
Ketoacidosis is a very serious issue. Ketones form when the body burns fat due to the lack of glucose in the body. They aren’t always dangerous, but they can cause one’s blood to become acidic. When acid levels are too high in blood, ketoacidosis develops. It can lead to diabetic coma and even death. Because of the serious effects of this and other conditions, the FDA instructed Jannsen to warn Invokana users of potential issues. However – the manufacturer distributed the drug for more than two years before receiving the FDA direction. This means many people have been using a drug with the potential side effects. Furthermore, they were not informed of the serious risks.
FDA Safety Alert – 2015
Invokana (also known as canagliflozin) is a kind of type 2 diabetes medicine known as sodium-glucose contransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor. The FDA describes SGLT2 inhibitors as, “a class of prescription medicines that are FDA approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.”
In May 2015, the FDA announced its first warning against the product. This was two years after the prescription drug came on the market. The announcement included warnings that Invokana could cause too much acid in the blood and serious urinary tract infections. And, it noted that both conditions could result in hospitalization.
The FDA advised people to seek medical attention if they noted symptoms. They also instruced pateints to stop taking the medication. Ketoacidosis is a “serious condition in which the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.” The symptoms of ketoacidosis are:
- Abdominal Pain
- Trouble Breathing
Individuals taking Invokana should also be aware of urinary tract infection symptoms, which include:
- Burning urination
- Need to urinate frequently or right away
- Pain in lower part of the stomach or pelvis
- Blood in urine
FDA Safety Alert – 2017
In May 2017, the FDA announced a second round of warnings for those taking Invokana. Based on two clinical trials, the FDA concluded that Invokana can cause an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. These most often affect the toe and the middle of the foot. The two clinical trials found that twice as many amputations occurred in people treated with canagliflozin. This is compared to individuals taking a placebo. It affected approximately six to eight people out of every 1,000. This is according to the study results.
The FDA advised individuals to contact their health care provider if they notice in their legs and feet any new:
- Sores or ulcers
However, do not stop taking diabetes medicine without consulting your doctor first.
The FDA is requiring a “black box warning” on the drug. This is reserved for the most urgent cases. So, warnings like this are used for the most serious and life-threatening side effects.
Do You Have a Potential Invokana Lawsuit?
As we’ve established, taking Invokana presents the risk for serious side effects. Whether you develop ketoacidosis, suffer a heart attack, or need an amputation, you deserve compensation. Filing Invokana lawsuits is not an easy process, so it’s best to consult with a law firm like Tittle & Perlmuter first. To determine if you have a potential claim, review the following negative side effects from Invokana.
Kidney failure happen’s when one’s kidneys simply stop working. Dialysis or undergoes a kidney transplant is necessary in these situations. Kidneys are the body’s filtration system. They remove waste from the blood, keep the body’s fluid balance under control, and normalize electrolytes. Of course, as the kidneys filter blood, the process creates urine. When kidneys fail, waste, fluids, and electrolytes build up and cause serious problems. They include weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy, confusion, abnormal heart rhythms, and even sudden death.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), ketoacidosis is a serious condition that can lead to a diabetic coma and even death. The ADA explains why this happens to people. Your body burns fat for energy when it cannot get enough glucose, and if someone has diabetes their bodies are not making enough glucose. When your body burns fat, ketones are produced. Ketones build up in the blood, which is how your blood can become acidic.
This condition develops slowly in most cases, and there are symptoms to look out for. Early warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis include:
- Thirst or a very dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- High blood sugar levels
- High levels of ketones in the urine
The following symptoms that typically appear are:
- Constantly feeling tired
- Dry or flushed skin
- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Fruity odor on breath
- Difficulty paying attention
Having a leg or foot surgically removed is a life-altering event. Studies have found that patients prescribed Invokana are twice as likely to suffer a leg or foot amputation as opposed to patients taking a placebo. According to the clinical trials, amputations in the middle of the foot and toe were most common. Patients who are prescribed Invokana should watch out for the following symptoms: increased tenderness, sores, ulcers, and infections in their legs and feet. If any of these symptoms appear, a doctor should be notified immediately.
Heart attacks occur when the flow of oxygen-rich blood restricts to a section of the heart. When it occurs, the heart cannot get oxygen. If oxygen-rich blood isn’t restored to the heart quickly, portions of the heart muscle begin to die. In other words, a portion of the heart muscle is starved of oxygen as a result of a clogged artery. This causes heart tissue to die. If not treated immediately, heart attacks usually lead to death.
Compensation for Invokana Lawsuits or Claims
Those who were injured from taking Invokana may be compensated for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering and mental anguish
- Loss of income, or ability to work
If an individual dies due to Invokana’s side effects, then that person’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation from:
- Loss of financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Cleveland Invokana Lawsuits Attorneys
At Tittle & Perlmuter, we have extensive experience as product liability lawyers. We are working to aggressively investigate claims into Invokana.
Our firm is accepting clients who are type 2 diabetics and suffered serious injuries following taking one of the following diabetes medications:
- Invokana (canagliflozin)
- Invokamet (canagliflozin/metformin)
- Jardiance (empagliflozin)
- Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin/metformin)
- Farxiga (dapagliflozin)
- Glyxambi (empagliflozin/linagliptin)
If you, or someone you loved, suffered from kidney damage, kidney failure, ketoacidosis, heart attack, an amputation, or died as a direct result of taking Invokana, you could be entitled to compensation. Call our experienced Cleveland product liability attorneys at 216-308-1522 or fill out an online contact form for a free case evaluation. We can also arrange evening and weekend appointments, and we can come to you.