Invokana is Johnson & Johnson's brand name for the diabetes drug canagliflozin. The drug is taken orally to control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The drug, which is known as a SGLT2 inhibitor, works by causing the body to excrete blood sugar through urine.
Why Are Invokana Lawsuits Being Filed?
Unfortunately, the drug has side effects that can lead to kidney damage. These side effects include dehydration and high potassium levels in the blood. Perhaps the most serious side effect is that it can cause the body to produce too many acids, called ketones. This can lead to a condition called ketoacidosis, which can cause kidney failure.
The attorneys at Reich & Binstock in Houston file Invokana lawsuits for clients in Texas and throughout the United States. If you or someone you love has developed kidney problems or other health concerns after taking the drug Invokana, call us at 1-866-LAW-2400 to discuss your legal options.
Invokana Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I am taking Invokana?
If you are taking Invokana and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you should see your doctor immediately. With prompt treatment, most patients recover. Left untreated, ketoacidosis can lead to kidney failure.
How do I know if I am having this serious reaction to Invokana?
Warning signs of ketoacidosis include difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion, unusual fatigue or sleepiness. An assessment from your health care provider can help you understand if these symptoms are the result of ketoacidosis and the use of Invokana or if they are the product of something else.
Are there any alternatives to Invokana?
There are other treatments for type 2 diabetes. Some include other oral medications, injectable medications (i.e., insulin) and lifestyle changes. Discuss your options with your health care provider to find out what might be a better fit for you.
How Can Filing A Invokana Lawsuit Help Me?
In May of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that drugs containing canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin and empagliflozin may lead to ketoacidosis. This class of drugs is known as SGLT2 inhibitors. Other brand name drugs included in the warning are Farxiga and Xigduo manufactured by AstraZeneca, and Jardiance and Glyxambi from Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim.
At the time of the warning, the FDA had reviewed about 20 cases of patients suffering ketoacidosis after taking this class of drug from March 2013 to June 6, 2014. Most of the patients experienced symptoms approximately two weeks after taking the drug. All patients required emergency room visits and hospitalization to treat the condition.
The FDA advised doctors to discontinue SGLT2 inhibitors if the patient has acidosis (high levels of acid in the blood) and take other measure to correct the acidosis and monitor sugar levels.
While FDA has not yet banned the use of Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors, it continues to receive reports of ketoacidosis from patients taking the drugs.
How Long Do I Have To File An Invokana Lawsuit?
If you are taking or have taken the prescription drug Invokana to treat type 2 diabetes, you may have heard reports of some patients suffering serious side effects, such as kidney damage. Maybe you have concerns about your own health. If so, you should immediately contact your doctor. You are well-advised to discuss your legal options with an attorney as soon as possible. Your claim is likely subject to a statute of limitations.This time limitation means there is a deadline to file your claim after you have been injured. Contact an attorney immediately if you think you or a loved one has suffered injuries from taking Invokana.
How Can Reich & Binstock Help You?
Our experienced team of attorneys has handled a wide range of multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases. We are sought by MDL committees nationwide to lead and manage pharmaceutical liability and defective product cases.
We draw on our vast experience in injury claims, our familiarity with our clients' medical conditions and our in-depth knowledge of the financial hardships that arise from injuries. We will help you collect what you need and deserve for your suffering and injuries.
If you have suffered from ketoacidosis or other health problems after taking Invokana or any other type 2 diabetes medication, please contact our attorneys for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call 713-352-7883 or 1-800-LAW-2400 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation.