Invokana Dangerous Risks and Side Effects
Invokana is a medication released in the United States in 2013 purported to lower glucose levels in the bloodstream. This type-2 inhibitor (or SGLT2 inhibitor) is designed to treat type-2 diabetes. The drug blocks glucose from being reabsorbed by the kidneys and removes excess glucose from the bloodstream through the urine.
Recent evidence and more than 5 years of case studies since the drug debuted on the market in 2013 suggests that there may also be some serious dangerous risks and side effects associated with taking Invokana. From March 2013 to May 2018, there were 12 cases across the United States involving complications with an Invokana prescription. All of these have resulted in hospitalization, and there has even been one reported fatality.Dangers With Invokana
As of 2018, there is a canagliflozin FDA alert issued by FDA officials in an attempt to warn the public about the risks and dangers associated with Invokana. In 2017, the FDA extended these warnings and released an Invokana FDA black box warning for the potential leg/foot amputation and circulatory issues related to Invokana prescription.
A few of the most dangerous risks and side effects of Invokana associated with taking the medication can include:
- Fournier’s Gangrene
- Medically referred to as ‘necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum’, this form of genital gangrene can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous. In fact, according to a 2012 study by ISRN Surgery & US National Library of Medicine, Fournier’s Gangrene has a fatality rate of almost 20%.
- Lower limb/foot amputations
- Because of the way in which Invokana targets your blood sugar levels, one of the side effects of the drug is blood vessel and circulatory issues. Those taking Invokana are at risk for amputation or other circulatory complications, which could be a side effect of the drug.
- Kidney damage
- Invokana works by preventing excess glucose from the kidneys back into the bloodstream. Because this process is closely linked with your kidneys’ functionality, there is a risk of kidney damage when taking Invokana, and those with pre-existing kidney conditions should avoid Invokana altogether.
- Diabetic ketoacidosis, which has been known to be a byproduct of canagliflozin intake, is a buildup of ketone in the bloodstream. When ketone levels are too high in the blood, acid levels rise, which can be extremely dangerous, sometimes even life threatening.
- Yeast infection/Urinary tract infections
- Sometimes, Invokana can lead to other complications like yeast infections and UTI’s because of the medication’s use of the urine to get rid of excess glucose.
If you have been affected by any of these Invokana side effects, you may feel unsure how to seek reparations for your damages. Fortunately, U.S. attorneys from Carabin Shaw can help you obtain full compensation for which you may be eligible. Some of the most common of these include:
- Time away from work
- Job loss
- Rehabilitation from your injuries
- Pain & suffering
- Medical bills/expenses
- Long term care
Part of the problem with cases of the Invokana dangers is that there may be many more unreported instances than the ones we know about. Since 2013, FDA experts believe that only about 10% of cases involving Invokana complications in the U.S. are actually reported. This is in part due to the often confusing process of filling out the necessary paperwork and filing a report.
In these instances, you’ll want to enlist the help of a knowledgeable team of U.S. attorneys. Look no further than the experienced U.S. product liability lawyers from the law firm of Carabin Shaw. We have a track record of more than two decades securing compensation for all our clients, and we can help restore your quality of life after an Invokana dangerous risks and side effects.
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