Known also as Sulisent, Invokana (canagliflozin) was the first drug in a new category of treatments for type 2 diabetes (SGLT2 inhibitors). Its role is to inhibit some of the kidney's functions leading to an increased amount of sugar excreted in the urine. However, only two years after being introduced to the market by Johnson & Johnson in 2013, the FDA instructed the company to warn consumers of the numerous risks and side effects of the drug. The FDA's report addressed not only Invokana, but also Farxiga, Jardiance, Invokamet, Xigudo XR, and Gyxambia.
Holding The Manufacturer Accountable Through a Sacramento & Elk Grove Lawsuit
If you suffered serious side effects from taking Invokana or other drugs of the same class, you might be able to receive compensation from the responsible manufacturer.
Side-effects of Invokana
One of the more severe side effect linked to Invokana is ketoacidosis. This condition develops when a patient's body cannot produce the needed amount of insulin because it is fueling itself with fat instead of glucose. Some of the symptoms associated with ketoacidosis are nausea and vomiting, fatigue, excessive thirst, and fruity-scented breath. The condition can be treated, but in severe cases, the patient can become comatose and die. Another serious side effect is kidney failure. The kidneys' main role is to eliminate waste from the blood. When they don't function properly, waste builds up in the body.
Symptoms of kidney failure can include shortness of breath, abnormal heart rhythm, and confusion. Kidney failure can result in sudden death. Other risks involving kidneys are those of kidney impairment, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, and blood infection. Invokana has even been linked to heart attacks. There have been reports of patients who suffered a heart attack in the first month of using the drug. Strokes and heart attacks might be caused by the fact that the drug raises cholesterol levels. Heart attacks can be preceded by symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue and excessive sweating to pain in the chest, arm, or shoulder.
What Should I Do if I Think I Have a Sacramento & Elk Grove Case?
If you believe you have been injured as a result of taking Invokana or a similar drug, you should contact an attorney at once to determine your rights.
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The experienced Sacramento & Elk Grove-based lawyers at John M. O'Brien & Associates can help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us to schedule a free case review.