Study Links Invokana to Ketoacidosis Risk for Diabetes Patients
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that afflicts an estimated nine percent, or 28 million Americans. This number is growing as the population ages and young people struggle with the scourge of childhood obesity. This surge of the disease has spawned a fertile marketplace for drug manufacturers seeking to capitalize on the epidemic by developing new type 2 diabetes medications. Unfortunately, this drive for profit often results in pharmaceutical companies skimping on product trials and testing, then rushing their products to the availability of the public. One new type 2 diabetes medication that has recently come under scrutiny for its dangerous side effects is Invokana (canagliflozin), which was developed by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and is manufactured by a subsidy of the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson.
You May be Entitled to Compensation
If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, were prescribed Invokana, and suffered any adverse side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. But making a successful civil claim against such a large and powerful corporation as Johnson & Johnson is no easy task. Pharmaceutical companies and their insurers enlist legions of skilled lawyers to mitigate their liability for any complications their products may cause. To have a successful legal claim against such an entity, you’ll need the representation of an aggressive and tenacious attorney. The law firm of Farah & Farah has been fighting for the rights of injury victims for over 35 years, and will be happy to stand beside you as you battle Goliath. For a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights and options, call Invokana lawsuit attorneys at Farah & Farah today at (800) 533-3555.
Side Effects Associated with Invokana
A plethora of adverse side effects have been linked to Invokana and related type 2 diabetes drugs called subtype 2 sodium-glucose transport (SGLT-2) inhibitors, including the following:
- Photosensitivity (sun intolerance)
- Fatigue (loss of energy)
- Genital yeast infections (vaginal, vulvar, and penile)
- Yeast infections of the skin
- Rashes and itching
- Urinary tract, bladder, and kidney infections
- Nausea and vomiting
Diabetic Ketoacidosis Linked to Invokana
One of the most serious side effects associated with the use of Invokana is diabetic ketoacidosis, which can lead to diabetic coma and death. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the cells in the body don’t get the glucose they need to produce energy. When this happens, the body resorts to burning fat for energy. This results in the production of ketones, acids that the body produces to break down fat. A build up of ketones makes the blood highly acidic and thus, toxic. Anyone being treated with Invokana or any other SGLT-2 inhibitor–Forxiga (Dapagliflozin), Jardiance (Empagliflozin)—is urged to contact their physician if they experience sweet, “fruity” odor of breath; increased thirst and urination; nausea and abdominal pain; excessive hunger; dizziness and weakness; sweating; shortness of breath; or rapid heartbeat, all of which are symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis.
If you have suffered any side effects related to your treatment with Invokana, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following damages, and more: medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent injury or disability, loss of joy of life, wrongful death damages (if you’ve lost a loved one due to Invokana use). To get the settlement you and your family deserve, it is vital that you enlist a drug injury lawyer to represent you. The attorneys at the law offices of Farah & Farah have been successfully representing injury victims since 1979 and consider it their mission to look out for the underdog. Call Farah & Farah for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.