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Diabetic Ketoacidosis Lawsuit
Invokana is a brand name medication that is also known as canagliflozin. It is used to help control high blood pressure in those who have type 2 diabetes. It is generally accompanied by a diet and exercise program. Medications like Invokana are an important method to control the many adverse side effects of diabetes, including nerve problems, blindness, loss of limbs, and preventing kidney damage.
Invokana works by increasing the kidney’s ability to remove sugar from the body, substantially inhibiting the kidneys from reabsorbing sugar and discharging it into the bloodstream. Those who have experienced severe kidney disease should not use Invokana.
Invokana Side Effects
Side effects of Invokana include:
- Frequent urination
- Unusual dry mouth
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Yeast infections
- Bladder infection
- Fatigue or unusual tiredness
Serious side effects may also include nausea or vomiting, stomach and/or abdominal pain, or trouble breathing.
Invokana can also cause kidney injuries, cardiovascular problems, and diabetic ketoacidosis.
Invokana and Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs when the body attempts to use fat as fuel instead of sugar (glucose). When the body breaks down fat, it releases ketones in the body. Ketones are a form of acidic chemical that are poisonous in high levels. Too many ketones in the body can result in organ malfunction.
DKA is a complication of diabetes that can result in a diabetic coma and death. DKA is reasonable for roughly 16 percent of all diabetes-related deaths. It is also the cause of roughly 14 percent of all diabetes-related hospitalizations.
Symptoms of DKA include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Stomach pain
- Flushed face
- Aching muscles or muscle stiffness
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Frequent urination
- Thirst that lasts more than one day
- Fruity-smelling breath
- Unusual fatigue or sleepiness
Invokana has a known connection with diabetic ketoacidosis.
FDA Warnings and Concerns
The FDA approved Invokana for manufacture and sale in the United States in March 2013. At the time, it was the only drug in its class. In 2015, however, the FDA issued a drug safety message that warned doctors and patients that Invokana and similar drugs might lead to DKA. If the condition remains untreated, then it can be fatal.
The FDA ordered that manufacturers of Invokana and similar products add a warning to their labeling that DKA and urinary tract infections can result from taking the drug. Thereafter, those who already suffered from negative side effects associated with Invokana, including stroke, blood clots, and acute kidney injuries that required hospitalization, filed lawsuits. They alleged that the manufacturer failed to warn them of serious side effects associated with the drug.
The FDA increased the warnings related to acute kidney injury in June 2016. The FDA reported that between March 2013 and October 2015, more than 100 people reported kidney injuries after taking Invokana. The FDA estimates that there may be more unreported cases as well.