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Invokana and Gangrene: What Patients Should Do Next

Patients currently being treated with the drug Invokana for type 2 diabetes in the U.S. may be at an increased risk for developing gangrene. U.S. product liability lawyers, including the U.S. attorneys at Carabin Shaw, are joining together to assist those affected by this dangerous drug after a safety warning was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May of 2016. If you’ve been taking the medication, you may be unaware of Invokana dangers and what you should do next. If you are a U.S. patient and have experienced serious side effects as the result of canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet), you may be eligible for compensation for any pain and suffering the prescription medication has caused.

Side Effects of Invokana

Invokana has been on the market for several years now as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. The drug has already been demonstrated to cause several side effects, including:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Increased urination
  • Yeast infections
  • Vaginal itching
  • Thirst
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Skin sensitivity to sunlight
  • Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., rash, itching, hives, and swelling)
  • Bone fractures
  • Kidney problems

But these side effects are minimal compared to the more severe conditions arising out of extended use of the drug. Diabetic patients using Invokana are also at increased risk for limb amputation - most commonly affecting the legs, feet, and toes - as well as developing a life-threatening form of gangrene.

In the last five years, the FDA has discovered dozens of patients taking Invokana developed a rare condition known as Fournier’s Gangrene. This flesh-eating form of the disease has a high mortality rate and often leads to emergency surgery.

Have You Been Affected by Invokana and Gangrene? What Patients Should do Next

Below are a few symptoms of Fournier’s Gangrene. If any of these symptoms are present, you should contact your physician immediately. Some problematic symptoms to watch for include:

  • Fever
  • Pain and swelling in the genitals or anal area
  • Unpleasant odor coming from the affected skin tissue
  • Crackling sound when touching the affected area
  • Dehydration
  • Anemia

If you are a diabetic patient in the U.S. and have experienced the combination of Invokana and gangrene, what patients should do next is seek immediate treatment from a physician. Once your health and well being are taken of as priority, then be sure to contact a U.S. product liability lawyer for legal assistance. The experienced U.S. attorneys at Carabin Shaw have decades of experience fighting on behalf of clients who have been in similar situations.

Invokana Lawsuit FDA

In light of the severe side effects of taking this drug and the damage it has caused people throughout the U.S., a lawsuit for Invokana can be initiated to help those affected by the medication receive compensation for their injuries and related suffering. The manufacturer of Invokana is a large corporation and should be held accountable for the injuries it has caused among those using its product. A skilled and experienced U.S. product liability lawyer has the resources to ensure the rights of patients are protected.

How Much is an Invokana Lawsuit Worth?

The worth of the Invokana lawsuit will be determined by several factors, which a U.S. lawyer can discuss with you. If you choose to allow one of the lawyers at Carabin Shaw to assist you, your first step toward receiving compensation will be to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys. This initial consultation is free of charge and obligation. If you do decide to let us work for you, we never charge our clients any fees until after we win their case.

U.S. lawyers are standing by to hear from you. To schedule your first visit, call toll-free at any time by dialing 800-862-1260.

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