Invokana Side Effects

The Dangers Of Invokana Revealed

Invokana is a type of diabetes medicine known as an SGLT2 inhibitor, which is used to treat adults with Type 2 diabetes. When the drug was introduced in 2013, it was heralded as a breakthrough in Type 2 diabetes treatment. Unfortunately, since then, the drug has been linked to several serious side effects, including kidney failure and heart attack.

Side Effects Of Invokana

The active ingredient in Invokana is canagliflozin. The drug was developed by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma and is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The drug is also sold under the name Sulisent.

Known side effects of canagliflozin include:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Impairment in renal function, leading to kidney failure
  • Extremely high levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia), leading to cardiac arrest
  • Severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Ketoacidosis, a condition in which the body produces abnormally high levels of blood acid
  • Genital yeast infections
  • Decreased bone density and bone fractures
  • Increases in LDL cholesterol
  • Amputation

In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two communications to manufacturers of drugs containing canagliflozin to strengthen the label warnings for certain side effects, including ketoacidosis and decreased bone density.

Should I Stop Taking Invokana?

You should not stop taking Invokana without first talking to your doctor. If you are concerned about side effects, your doctor may prescribe a different diabetes medicine.

Contact An Invokana Lawyer At Reich & Binstock

If you have suffered health problems or a family member has died after taking Invokana, you may be entitled to compensation. From our office in Houston, we represent patients in Texas and throughout the United States who have been injured by defective drugs.

For more information about your legal options if you have suffered an injury, please call 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free or fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.