Side Effects of Invokana® and Invokamet®
An increased risk of the following dangerous conditions and side effects has been linked to Invokana and Invokament:
- Hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the blood)
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Kidney failure
- Fluid buildup in the brain (cerebral edema)
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Death of bowel tissue due to low blood pressure
If you or your family member took Invokana or Invokamet and experienced any of these side effects, contact us immediately. Our drug injury lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation.
Invokana® and Invokamet® Ketoacidosis Risk
Invokana and Invokamet are classified as SLGT2 inhibitors, a class of drugs prescribed to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes. Ketoacidosis is a serious medical condition normally associated with patients with Type 1 diabetes.
Since March 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received dozens of reports of acidosis—including diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and ketosis—among Type 2 diabetics treated with SLGT2 inhibitors, such as Invokana and Invokamet.
In May 2015, the FDA issued a drug safety communication that warned of a potential link between SLGT2 inhibitors and ketoacidosis.
FDA officials are urging health care professionals and patients to report SLGT2 side effects as they continue to investigate if prescribing information for the drugs needs to be changed.
What if a loved one died from Invokana?
If you have a family member that used Invokana, developed kidney failure and passed away, you may have an Invokana kidney failure lawsuit. Kidney failure is a very serious condition and can be deadly. There is no clear idea yet as to how many people may have died from kidney failure related to Invokana use.
What is Ketoacidosis?
Ketoacidosis is a medical condition that occurs when the body is not able to make enough insulin, which is needed to help glucose enter cells. That provides energy to the bodies muscles and tissues. When the body does not produce enough insulin, the body will find other sources of energy. That produces a large amount of toxic acids to be introduced to the bloodstream called ketones.
What triggers Ketoacidosis?
The FDA reports that three factors may potentially trigger ketoacidosis in patients taking drugs such as Invokana and Invokamet:
- Major illness
- Reduced food and fluid intake
- Reduced insulin dose
Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidocis (DKA)
Ketoacidosis occurs when the body cannot break down sugars in the blood due to a lack of insulin. The body then begins to break down fats for energy, which releases acids (called ketones) into the bloodstream. If left untreated, ketoacidosis can be fatal.
Symptoms of Ketoacidosis can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Fruity breath
- Flushed face
- Abdominal pain
If you or a family member with diabetes experience any of these symptoms after taking Invokana, Invokamet, or another SLGT2 inhibitor, seek medical care immediately.
An Invokana® Injury Lawyer can help.
If you or someone you love took Invokana or Invokamet and suffered serious side effects, we want to help you get compensation for your injuries. There are strict deadlines for filing drug injury lawsuits, so contact us immediately. Our experienced legal team is standing by to answer your questions. It won’t cost you anything to talk to an Invokana® Injury Lawyer.
Invokana has been linked to kidney failure.
Invokana (Invokamet) is a medicine used by diabetics to control the blood sugar levels in the body. Invokana is a SGLT2 inhibitor. These medicines work by lowering a person’s blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove it through the urine. Unfortunately, Invokana may also have very serious side effects such as kidney damage, heart attacks, and Ketoacidosis. Invokana is a medicine that is FDA approved, but unfortunately that doesn’t always mean a medicine in safe. Too often, years after a medicine hits the market, the public finds it is causing serious side effects that are sometimes deadly.
Why does Invokana cause kidney failure?
Invokana relies heavily on the kidneys, sometimes over-stressing them. The kidneys main job is to filter waste out of your blood. When a persons kidneys are not functioning properly electrolytes, waste products, and fluids can build up in your body. This can cause sudden death, confusion, abnormal heart rhythms, and a general weakness of the body. Kidneys are also important for balancing your electrolytes, red cell production, and blood pressure.
What compensation is available to Invokana victims?
If your Invokana lawsuit is successful, there may be many different forms of compensation available. Some Invokana victims will be able to recover money for past medical bills. If you will need future medical care after Invokana related kidney failure, you may also be able to receive money for future medical bills. If you lost time from work because of Invokana kidney failure, you may be entitled to money for lost wages. Some Invokana victims might recover money for pain and suffering as well.
How long do I have to file an Invokana kidney failure lawsuit?
You only have a limited amount of time to file an Invokana kidney failure lawsuit. Statutes of limitations are legal deadlines that will determine if you can still file an Invokana kidney failure lawsuit. Statutes of limitations vary from state to state. There are other items to consider like: when the medicine was taken and when the injury occurred. We suggest you contact an Invokana® Injury Lawyer before your deadline has passed to file an Invokana kidney failure lawsuit.
Is Invokana approved by the FDA?
Invokana was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administraiton (FDA). However, many medicines that injure or kill people are approved by the FDA. Just because a medicine was approved by the FDA, doesn’t mean that deadly side effects won’t occur. Most drug injury lawsuits are for injuries from FDA-approved medicines.
Are there other deadly Invokana side effects?
Invokana has been linked to other very serious and possibly deadly side effects: ketoacidosis and heart attacks. Ketoacidosis is a medical condition that occurs when the body is not able to make enough insulin. Insulin is needed to help glucose enter cells. That provides energy to the bodies muscles and tissues. When the body does not produce enough insulin, the body will find other sources of energy. That produces a large amount of toxic acids to be introduced to the bloodstream called ketones.
Can I afford an Invokana kidney failure lawsuit?
Woods & Woods Invokana kidney failure lawyers never charge a penny unless you win. Our fee is a percentage of the settlement and case expenses. If you lose your Invokana kidney failure lawsuit, you don’t owe us a penny. Our drug injury lawyers never bill by the hour and we don’t charge for phone calls. Your Invokana® Injury Lawyer will never ask for money upfront. Our contracts are plain and simple so clients can understand them. We promise you won’t end up with lots of hidden fees.
Studies have linked Invokana to heart attacks.
Heart attacks (myocardial infarction) occur when the arteries are blocked and prevent blood from reaching sections of the heart. When blockage happens it starves the heart of oxygen and nutrients, which can cause death of heart cells. Some heart attacks are deadly while others are minor. People that lost a loved one from a heart attack after Invokana use may be able to receive settlement money. If you are disabled from a heart attack, an Invokana lawsuit could provide money for past and future medical bills.
Will there be a class action lawsuit against Invokana?
At this point we don’t know if there will be an Invokana class action lawsuit. There is a better alternative to class action lawsuits called Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). Like a class action lawsuit, many cases are compiled into one court somewhere in the United States. However, in a MDL each case will be decided separately. Your Invokana® Injury Lawyer will likely prefer a MDL because they generally allow a claimant to receive a more fair settlement than a class action lawsuit.
How do class action lawsuits work?
Class action lawsuits combine lots of different people’s lawsuits against the manufacturer together. You won’t necessarily have to appear in court because the class action could be handled very far away from where you live. In an Invokana class action lawsuit, the claimants would equally share the settlement against the drug manufacturer. Sometimes in class action lawsuits, claimants do not receive as much money as they should. Woods & Woods prefers Multidistrict Litigation to class action lawsuits.
What is a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)?
Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) is similar to class action lawsuits. Lots of Invokana lawsuits will be compiled into one court. But each case will be decided separately. That means your case will be decided on its merits, not the entire groups. In our opinion, you are more likely to get the money you deserve from an Invokana Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) than an Invokana class action lawsuit.
What amount of money can I get from an Invokana lawsuit?
People who were injured by Invokana may be able to get a settlement, but that is not a number set in stone. Your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering will be considered if a settlement is reached. There are lots of factors that could effect the amount of money you receive in a settlement from the drug manufacturer.
Can an Invokana® Injury Lawyer help with medical bills?
If Invokana is responsible for your injuries you may be able to receive money in the settlement for medical bills. Some victims of Invokana may receive a settlement for past and even future medical bills. Ketoacidosis is a very serious condition that can require long hospitalizations, therefore, large medical bills.
Why call an Invokana® Injury Lawyer?
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has protected the rights of injured people and their families. Our lawyers have successfully represented thousands of clients. Our decades of experience and knowledge of law help our clients win. Woods & Woods offers free legal consultations to anyone who has questions about Invokana injuries. There is never a charge to call and explore your legal options.
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