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Diabetic Drug Invokana Causing Gangrene

In the United States, diabetes is a common conditions for millions of Americans. Some adults diagnosed with type-2 diabetes take Invokana, which is a common trade name for a form of the drug canagliflozin. Invokana is a medication used to treat high blood pressure, and the drug seeks to regulate sugar levels in the bloodstream by targeting the kidneys’ release of sugar through the urine.

But as of 2018, evidence indicates that diabetes drugs from this class of type-2 inhibitors (also known as SGLT2 inhibitors), which includes Invokana, may also lead to several cases of gangrene. The form of genital gangrene caused by Invokana can be a very serious medical condition that can affect your quality of life in a variety of ways.

SGLT2 inhibitors, when used with increased exercise regimens and an improved and specific diet, can help to regulate blood pressure in those with diabetes, and in fact, these drugs are approved by the FDA for this very purpose.

Invokana And Gangrene:What You Need To Know

Experts are now finding that there may be more serious issues in patients who take Invokana, and statistics show that the diabetic drug Invokana may in fact cause gangrene, perhaps most notably a condition called necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, commonly known as ‘Fournier’s Gangrene’.

But as SGLT2’s removes excess glucose from the bloodstream through the kidneys’ secretion of urine, it has also been known to cause unpleasant discomfort and side effects like urinary tract infections and Fournier’s Gangrene in the process. That is why, across the U.S., the FDA has issued a recall of many of the Invokana medication. These canagliflozin FDA alerts state that Fournier’s Gangrene can become a serious side effect of taking Invokana.

Fournier’s Gangrene is a bacterial infection, and can be severe and even life-threatening. If you live anywhere else in the U.S., take Invokana and find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms or side effects listed below, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Invokana Dangers

According to the FDA, there are other dangers to taking the drug as well. These can seem like manageable side effects of the drug at first, but they also can be indicative of more serious issues, like Fournier’s Gangrene. Some of the most common side effects associated with Invokana health risks that you’ll want to monitor if you take Invokana include:

  • UTI’s (urinary tract infections)
  • Yeast infection
  • Kidney problems
  • Foot/leg circulation issues
  • Other circulation complications/restricted blood flow
  • Ulcers
  • Sores
When You Should Hire U.S. Attorney?

If your case worsens, or you feel as though you have been deprived of full knowledge about the repercussions of taking Invokana, you may need legal help. Only knowledgeable U.S. lawyers with experience, such as the attorneys at Carabin Shaw, possess the necessary knowledge to handle the details of your case.

Presence of a U.S. attorney can help you sift through the facts of your case, and not only determine how much you are owed, but who should be held responsible for your damages. In some cases, for example, a doctor may have neglected to bestow his/her patients with the full and necessary informed consent. The patient then was unable to make a decision with full knowledge about the potential side effects and drawbacks of taking the drug.

If there has been a mishandling of your case during your fight with gangrene caused by Invokana, you may be able to pursue reparations for further damages as well. If your doctor fails to safely provide an alternative for your Invokana prescription, or ignores the symptoms and your condition has worsened, you should be able to obtain compensation for your losses.

Carabin Shaw U.S. Product Liability Lawyers Are Here For You

If you or someone you love has been involved in any instance of the diabetic drug Invokana causing gangrene or other serious and potentially life threatening health complications, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

Fortunately, the U.S. lawyers from the law firm of Carabin Shaw have more than twenty years of experience serving the people of Texas and across the U.S. We will stop at nothing to see you recover full reparations for you and your family.

For more information about any situation related to Invokana causing gangrene, or other side effects of the drug that has somehow altered your quality of life, do not hesitate. Call a Carabin Shaw U.S. product liability lawyer today. You can reach us at our main offices, 210-222-2288, or anytime, toll free, at 800-862-1260.

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