FDA Issues Warning About Invokana Side Effects

In late 2015, the FDA required a diabetes drug known as Invokana to relabel its product, warning consumers of serious side effects caused by the drug.  If you or someone you know has taken Invokana, you may want to read further to determine if legal action is a good fit for you.

What is Invokana?

Invokana Kidney WarningInvokana is a pill manufactured by Jansen and prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes.  Jansen claims that Invokana helps lower blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes, as well as touting benefits such as weight loss, lower blood pressure and more effective results than its competitor, sitagliptin.

Invokana is a “sodium-glucose cotransporter-2” or SGLT2.  What that means is that the drug blocks the action of a protein, which then prevents the kidneys from reabsorbing sugar from the blood and increases the elimination of sugars through urine.  Invokana is different from most diabetes drugs in this way, in that it works on the kidneys instead of the pancreas, the stomach or the liver.

What is the problem?

The shorts answer is that many experts now question whether Invokana is a good choice for patients with diabetes.  On May 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a warning entitled “FDA warns that SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes may result a serious condition of too much acid in the blood.”   The FDA warning specifically discusses the risk of ketoacidosis, which the FDA describes as “a serious condition where they body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones that may require hospitalization.”  In other words, Invokana causes problems with your blood and may cause problems with your kidneys.  If you have experienced any of the following issues after taking Invokana, please don’t hesitate to call Haun Mena:

    • Ketoacidosis
    • Urinary tract infection
    • Renal toxicity
    • Kidney failure
    • Kidney stones
    • Coma
    • Death

What are your options?

The first thing you should do is discuss any questions or concerns you have about Invokana with your doctor.  It is possible that the risks of the product are outweighed by the benefits, and that is a determination that can only be made by your physician.  However, the manufacturers of Invokana have not always warned of the serious side effects associated with the product.  If you were hurt by Invokana, don’t hesitate to call us at Haun Mena.  As always, it will cost you nothing to speak to a lawyer about your problem and we will walk you through the process, step by step. 

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