Did You Suffer Amputations, Kidney Failure or Ketoacidosis After Invokana?
If you took Invokana and experienced complications such as amputations, kidney failure or ketoacidosis, you may wish to explore your legal options.
The type 2 diabetes prescription, Invokana, has been implicated in a number of side effects that can result in patient complications, hospitalization, and even death. One of the painful and dangerous conditions caused by Invokana is ketoacidosis – an overproduction of acids and underproduction of insulin in the blood. This condition can cause diabetic comas which can result in death.
Kidney failure is another damaging side effect of Invokana use. When a patient’s kidneys fail, waste and other fluids build up in the body and causes weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy and confusion.
Another severe side effect associated with taking Invokana is an increased risk of foot and leg amputations.
When Invokana was first approved by the FDA in 2013, over 450 patients reported toxic and harmful side effects from the medication. Most of those reports included kidney failure, severe dehydration, and urinary tract infections. In 2015, the FDA sounded the alarm warning Invokana users of the potentially life-threatening side effects, including ketoacidosis. In 2016, the FDA issued a black boxed warning for users of the drug.
Do not ignore the signs. If you are currently taking Invokana and experience any difficulty breathing, hyperventilation, or unusual fatigue, seek immediate medical attention. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with kidney failure or ketoacidosis, or experienced complications such as amputations while taking Invokana, you may wish to explore your legal options by calling 1-800-LAW-FIRM. You may be entitled to a cash settlement for the damage to your health caused by this dangerous drug.
Do not miss your opportunity to be compensated for your health issues and suffering caused by irresponsible drug manufacturers. Call 1-800-529-3476 now for a free, confidential consultation.
FDA Black Boxed Warning and Settlement Update
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black boxed warning on May 16, 2017, for users of the highly prescribed type 2 diabetes medication. This is the most serious type of warning the FDA issues.
After clinical trials were completed, the FDA confirmed that Invokana and Invokamet (canagliflozin) caused an increased risk of leg and foot amputations in patients. Read the entire FDA Safety Announcement here.
Johnson & Johnson and business affiliate, Janssen Pharmaceuticals are defendants in more than 1,000 cases in product liability claims federally-filed against Invokana. According to the most recent update from the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Invokana trials are set to begin in September 2018.
Invokana Key Points
- Invokana was introduced to the drug market in 2013 as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes
- In May 2015, the FDA warned that the medication has potentially fatal side effects including kidney failure and ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is when the body produces too many acids in the bloodstream and not enough Insulin
- Ketoacidosis may cause diabetic comas which can result in death
- The FDA has issued a warning urging all patients using Invokana to seek immediate medical treatment if they are suffering from abdominal pain, fatigue or difficulty breathing
- In May 2016, the FDA introduced its first safety warning regarding the connection between Invokana use and amputation risk
- In May 2017, the FDA issued its most severe black boxed warning that was announced after the results of completed clinical trials showed that Invokana users may have a risk that is twice as high as is typical for amputations
Side Effects & Symptoms
- Difficulty breathing
- Unusual fatigue or tiredness
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
You Have Legal Options
If you or a loved one suffered issues while taking Invokana, you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Contact the Invokana experts at 1-800-LAW-FIRM for a free and confidential consultation today.