Diabetes Drug Linked to Amputations, Kidney Failure and Ketoacidosis
Invokana (canagliflozin) and Invokanamet are diabetes drugs that work by helping the kidneys rid the bloodstream of glucose. Unlike traditional diabetes drugs that target the pancreas and liver, Invokana and Invokanamet target the kidneys to stop the body from reabsorbing sugar.
Invokana Side Effects
Diabetic Ketoacidosis. A life-threatening complication that occurs when high levels of blood acids accumulate in the bloodstream. If left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis can cause dehydration, brain swelling, coma, and death.
Kidney Failure. The 2016 FDA report showed that people who take Invokana have a higher risk of acute kidney injury, which can require hospitalization and dialysis.
Acute Pancreatiti. Although rare, case reports have linked Invokana to a sudden inflammation of the pancreas, an abdominal organ that produces insulin and other hormones. Researchers believe this happens because of the drug’s diuretic (dehydrating) effect, and it can lead to a variety of other health problems.
Other possible side effects:
- Kidney Failure
- Heart Attack
Invokana Warnings and Recalls
On May 15, 2015, the FDA issued a Safety Announcement based on increasing reports of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in users of Invokana and Invokanamet. Later the same year, an FDA safety review resulted in the addition of Diabetic Ketoacidosis warnings in both drugs’ labels.
On June 14, 2016, the FDA strengthened its warning about the risk of kidney injury for drug Invokana and Invokanamet, to include information about the risk of acute kidney injury.
Invokana Lawsuit Settlements
In late 2018, initial settlements were announced for cases of amputations related to uses of Invokana. We are anticipating further settlements in 2019.
The Russo Firm and Invokana Lawsuits
Our firm is currently representing dozens of client for amputations, acute kidney injuries and Diabetic Ketoacidosis caused by the diabetes drugs Invokana and Invokanamet.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in any way as a result of taking Invokana or Invokanamet, call The Russo Firm at 844-847-8300 or contact us online to talk with an experienced lawyer about your injuries. If you can’t travel to our office, we will come to you, or we can work by phone, fax, email or other methods of communication. Remember, you pay no fee unless we obtain compensation for you.