Invokana

About Invokana

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 an SGLT2 inhibitor, works by causing the body to excrete blood sugar through urine.

Serious Side Effects

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.

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 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.

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.

Contact Us

If you have suffered from ketoacidosis or other health problems after taking Invokana or any Type 2 diabetes medication, please contact our attorneys at Reich & Binstock in Houston for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free or complete our online form to schedule a consultation.