The Dangers of Using Invokana

June 14th, 2016


Invokana, also known as canagliflozin, is a medication of the gliflozin class or subtype 2 sodium-glucose transport inhibitors that is prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In most cases, Invokana helps control high blood sugar when combined with a proper diet and exercise; however, there have been instances in which users suffered from keotacidosis, heart attacks, and/or kidney failure. If you believe this medication is to blame for your hospitalization, a personal injury lawsuit can help you obtain the required compensation to cover your losses.

Invokana Uses

When working correctly, Invokana should help control high blood sugar in order to preserve the kidney from damage and help you avoid blindness, maintain nerve functions, and regulate proper blood circulation. This drug can increase the removal of sugar by your kidneys, but it may also cause additional problems.

Invokana Dangers

The manufacturer of Invokana, Johnson and Johnson, is currently facing lawsuits that state they failed to properly warn patients of the risk of kidney failure, heart attack, amputations, and ketoacidosis, the production of excess blood acids. Without the forewarning of these potential side effects, physicians have been unable to prescribe the medication while including proper monitoring and check ups to ensure patients are not already excessively predisposed to these conditions. With proper warning, patients would have been monitored more closely and could have avoided developing these high-risk medical complications.

Clinical studies have shown that the risk of amputation can be doubled or tripled when taking this medication. Because this medication causes the kidney to release more sugar through urine, there is a higher risk of urinary tract infection associated with using Invokana. When UTIs become common or severe, they may damage the kidneys permanently causing kidney failure.

How We Can Help

Two years after Invokana was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), severe side effects like those mentioned above were reported, resulting in the issuance of safety warnings. These revised safety warnings have continued to develop, the last of which occurred in May of 2016 stating that patients taking Invokana have a higher risk of amputation. If you or a loved one have suffered severe side effects associated with Invokana, a personal injury lawsuit can make it possible for you to gain the compensation needed to cover your hospitable bills. Johnson and Johnson is required to warn patients and physicians alike about the risks associated with this medication, and if they had done so immediately, many patients could have avoided injury.

We can develop your case against Invokana manufacturers and help you gain what is due to you. If you believe you have been harmed by taking this medication, contact the Garmon Law Firm to discuss further action.

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