New York Invokana Kidney Disease Attorney
Type 2 diabetes, also referred to as adult-onset diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes and affects nearly 10% of Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Invokana (canagliflozin) is a drug used to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Invokana has been linked to serious side effects including life-threatening infections, kidney failure, diabetic ketoacidosis and more. If you have been harmed by Invokana, the pharmaceutical injuries attorneys of Panzavecchia & Associates, PLLC can help. Please, schedule your free consultation today. We have offices in Manhattan, Long Island, Queens and Florida.
How Invokana Works
Invokana is not insulin. It is used to lower blood sugar levels in people with insulin resistance. It does not increase insulin sensitivity, but forces glucose out of the body. Invokana is in a class of drugs called sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. SGLT2 inhibitors interfere with the normal action of the kidneys where glucose would be absorbed back into the blood and forces it out via urine instead.
Invokana has been linked to serious and life-threatening side effects including:
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Kidney failure
- Heart attack
- Leg, foot and toe amputations
- Kidney impairment
- Kidney stones
- Urinary tract infection (UTI) that can progress to blood infection
- Yeast infection
- Dehydration and fluid imbalances
- Abnormal weight loss
- Bone fractures
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition in which there is too much acid in the blood. It is a medical emergency and can be fatal. Diabetic ketoacidosis is normally a concern for people with type 1 diabetes, rather than type 2. In 2105, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a safety review and found 73 reports of diabetic ketoacidosis in people with type 2 diabetes who used SGLT2 inhibitors. These were all serious cases requiring hospitalization or treatment in the emergency room.
According to the FDA, the real number of people who have suffered diabetic ketoacidosis while taking SGLT2 inhibitors is probably much higher because the review only looked at cases that were actually reported to the agency.
If you have suffered any of the dangerous side effects linked to Invokana, your medication may have caused your injuries. You have limited amount of time to take legal action or you will lose your right to compensation. Please call the New York Invokana kidney disease attorneys of Panzavecchia & Associates, PLLC at 888-LAW-2204 or contact us, right away, to schedule your free initial consultation.