Invokana® Side Effects Can Include Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Kidney Failure, and Heart Attacks

Invokana® is a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor used to treat type 2 diabetes. However, the drug has also been linked to an increased risk for serious complications, including diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, heart conditions, and bone fractures. If you or a loved one are suffering from Invokana® side effects, our San Diego, CA, lawyers can help you seek financial compensation. Contact our firm to schedule a free case evaluation and to find out if you can pursue an Invokana® lawsuit.

What Is Invokana®?

Invokana® helps the body to rid itself of excess glucose by passing it through the urinary tract, instead of reabsorbing it. Unfortunately, research reveals that Invokana® and similar medications can also have serious health complications. Many Invokana® lawsuits have recently begun to develop as these issues come to life. In many cases, plaintiffs and their attorneys claim that Janssen Pharmaceuticals did not properly warn users of the risks of the drug and are seeking due compensation.

If you have developed any side effects from this medication, you may be able to receive compensation through an Invokana® lawsuit.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis

While common side effects are relatively minor, Invokana® can also increase the risk for severe, life-threatening diabetic ketoacidosis. In diabetic patients, the cells are often unable to use glucose as a source of energy. When patients develop diabetic ketoacidosis, their bodies will instead break down fat cells to use as fuel. In turn, this can trigger the release of acids called ketones. As these compounds develop, they can create toxicity in the blood stream. Doctors can usually treat the condition with IV fluids, potassium, and insulin. However, in severe cases, the diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to life-threatening complications, and, in some cases, can even be fatal.  

Kidney Failure

Kidney damage and failure is another side effect of Invokana®. Often, this condition is directly related to diabetic ketoacidosis and develops when the kidneys are no longer able to complete their function of flushing waste from the body. As a result, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes can build in the blood stream. Kidneys may fail rapidly, or it could be several days before patients notice the effects of renal failure. In grave instances, patients with kidney failure may require lifelong dialysis or even a transplant in the future.

Bone Fractures

Invokana® can also lower bone density. In turn, this can increase the likelihood of fractures, particularly in the hips and lower spine. Although fractures can be debilitating for anyone, they can be especially detrimental for senior patients. Older individuals who sustain a fracture can suffer permanent loss of mobility. In some cases, they could even require joint replacement.

x-ray of a hip with an implant
Invokana® can lower bone density increasing the likelihood of fractures in the bones such as the hips.

Are You Suffering Because Invokana® Side Effects?

If you have developed any side effects from this medication, you may be able to receive compensation through an Invokana® lawsuit. Many attorneys believe that these cases will be classified as a multidistrict litigation (MDL). In these types of cases, the courts can make broad rulings against drug manufacturers, but still provide personalized settlements for individual plaintiffs. Our attorneys are highly familiar with these types of cases and with defective drug cases. With a proven track record, you can rely on their experienced, tireless representation. They will fight hard to get the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and related expenses.

Hold Negligent MAnufacturers Responsible

If you or a loved one have suffered because of insufficient drug warnings, you should not hesitate to act. To find out if you should pursue an Invokana® lawsuit, contact our office and schedule your free case evaluation.