Invokana Dangerous Drug Injuries
Compassionate Personal Injury Attorney in Jonesboro
When your doctor prescribes you a drug, you have every reason to believe that the medicine they are giving you is safe and intended to heal rather than hurt. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Invokana, a drug created to help patients dealing with Type 2 diabetes, has been associated with serious side effects, including kidney infections, heart attacks, and amputations. If you or someone you love has taken Invokana and suffered any serious side effects, make sure you know what you can do to seek justice.
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Invokana was developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of the medical tycoon, Johnson & Johnson. The drug was created to treat Type 2 diabetes as a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor. SGLT2 inhibitors work by prompting the kidneys to remove sugar from the body, which can help lower the body’s blood sugar and help treat diabetes issues. However, studies have revealed that Invokana can also cause serious complications associated with the kidneys and blood infections.
After receiving several complaints and investigating certain medical studies, the FDA issued a black box warning for Invokana, the highest caution available. The warning, issued in 2015, warned patients and doctors of the potential risk of developing ketoacidosis or developing a condition that would require a leg or foot amputation.
Associated Risks & Side Effects
While some risks associated with Invokana have been minor, there have also been warnings of life-changing and life-threatening side effects.
Known side effects include:
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Bone fractures
- Kidney infections
- Blood infections
Some of the most serious risks associated with Invokana are ketoacidosis and an increased chance of leg and foot amputations. Ketoacidosis is a medical condition caused by problems with insulin regulation, which can lead to an increased number of toxic acids in the body’s bloodstream. This may cause the patient to feel abdominal pain, nausea, confusion, abnormal fatigue, and difficulty breathing. Ultimately, ketoacidosis can cause the patient to fall into a diabetic coma or it may even result in death.
The Threat of Amputation
The FDA has not been shy about warning potential patients about the increased risk of leg and foot amputations when taking Invokana. As of May 2017, the FDA announced that those with prior amputations, peripheral vascular disease, neuropathy, or diabetic foot ulcers who also took Invokana were much more likely to develop health issues that could result in a toe, foot, or leg amputations.
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If you took Invokana to treat Type 2 diabetes and suffered serious side effects, our firm wants to help. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the personal, attentive legal help they require. We know how difficult it can be to handle a personal injury case, which is why we are dedicated to leading our clients throughout the legal process, step by step.
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