If you’re one of the over 2 million adults in Texas living with diabetes, you know how difficult managing your condition can be. Between monitoring blood sugar levels, taking insulin injections, and structuring your daily life around a disease, the simplicity and relief in the form of a pill to treat their type-2 diabetes is a relief for many; when these medications that promise to save lives threaten them instead, victims need a Texas diabetes medication lawyer on their side.
Invokana (also sold as Invokamet) is one such medication prescribed to lower blood sugar in adults with type-2 diabetes. Introduced to the market 2013, it is one of the newest classes of diabetes medication called gliflozins, which work by inhibiting the proteins used by the kidneys to recycle glucose back into blood circulation, therefore lowering blood sugar. Unfortunately, as this class of drugs has integrated more and more into mainstream treatment, it has become apparent that, while effective, they can also have deadly side-effects.Dangers of Invokana Surface
The greatest problem with unsafe medications is that most victims don’t realize when ailments are coming from their prescription drugs, not their illness. As the dangers of Invokana have been coming to light, more doctors and patients are finally recognizing the real culprit, and by the end of 2017, at least 961 Invokana lawsuits had been registered in US Courts.
If you have been prescribed with Invokana, Invokamet, or Invokamet XR and have experienced any of the effects listed below, talk to your doctor immediately, then call a Texas Invokana lawyer at Carabin & Shaw.
The documented adverse effects are plentiful: increased risk of UTI, elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, and decrease in blood pressure and other cardiovascular concerns. Worse than these, however, is diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening complication that typically only appears in patients with type-1 diabetes. When the body experiences insulin shortages, the body starts burning fatty acids instead, producing acidic ketone as metabolic waste. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive urination, and extreme thirst. Onset of ketoacidosis symptoms is quick, usually within a 24-hour period.
Other than this, the other major risks of canagliflozin include:
- Heart Attack
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Severe Dehydration
- Decreased Bone Density
- Increased Risk of Fractures
Don’t stop taking Invokana before first talking to your doctor, but if you have experienced any of the symptoms or conditions above, call a Texas diabetes medication injury lawyer today.
Those may not be the end of the list, however. In May 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced that Invokana increases a diabetic’s risk of toe, foot, and leg amputations. The decision came after the CANVAS canagliflozin study found that incidences of lower-limb amputation were inexplicably more than twice as likely as diabetics not taking the drug. The data is disputable, and Invokana box labels now must carry a “black box” warning – reserved for the most extreme of side effects – about the possible consequences of taking the unsafe medication.
Still, the warning comes too late for many. As a consequence, thousands of diabetic patients who needlessly lost a piece of themselves will be seeking a legal representation from an Invokana amputation attorney. They may not be able to recover their missing limbs, but they will be able to recover compensation for their pain, expenses, and their ability to work in the future.Don’t Stand Alone against Pharmaceutical Companies
This is not the first time that the FDA has warned about Invokana; investigative studies into the risks of this drug have put it on their radar since as early as 2015. This has given ample time for Invokana’s manufacturers to prepare themselves for backlash, and the manufacturer happens to be Johnson & Johnson, one of the biggest multinational corporations in existence.
Don’t let that intimidate you – you and all others who have been wronged by medical manufacturers deserve justice, and these big companies need to know they will be held responsible for the lives their negligence affects. All you need to do is call a Texas Invokana lawyer at Carabin & Shaw – we’ll handle the rest.
For over 20 years, Carabin & Shaw has been taking on big pharmaceutical companies and winning. Our team of seasoned lawyers across Texas has not only the experience, but the resources and the weight behind our name to stand up to the army of corporate lawyers that stand between you and the compensation for your suffering.
You already have the burden of living with diabetes. Don’t bear the cost of extra medical treatments you never should have needed in the first place. Contact a Carabin & Shaw representative today, and you will get the peace of mind of knowing your options with a free consultation about your case in English or Spanish. To find the Carabin & Shaw lawyer serving nearest you, call our toll-free number at 1.800.862.1260.