Invokana, also known as canagliflozin, is an oral diabetes medication that works to control blood sugar levels. Combined with diet and exercise, the drug is prescribed to treat individuals suffering from Type 2 diabetes. While it does help some, it does come with a few serious risks to think about.
Factors to Consider Before Using Invokana
Before taking Invokana, patients should confirm they are not allergic to canagliflozin. The drug is also not recommended to individuals with kidney disease or who are on dialysis. Before beginning the prescription, you should alert your doctor of any kidney, liver, or bladder problems, or additional issues your Type 2 diabetes has caused such as nerve problems or diabetic ketoacidosis.
Invokana Side Effects
Invokana comes with various side effects, common side effects include:
- Low blood sugar
- Genital infections
- Urinating more than normal
Other not as common Invokana side effects include:
- Abnormally low blood pressure
- Feeling faint
- Extreme loss of body water
- High amounts of potassium in the blood
- High amounts of magnesium in the blood
- Dry mouth
- Excessive thirst
- High cholesterol
Among the most severe, Invokana has also been linked to:
- Acute kidney injury
- Broken bones
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Sepsis caused by bacteria
Because of these risk factors, studies show that Invokana can double your risk of having a lower limb amputation.
Why There Is an Invokana Lawsuit
Victims of Invokana side effects are accusing the manufacturer Johnson and Johnson of failing to properly warn individuals of the severe risks associated with the drug. The Invokana lawsuit claims the manufacturer was aware of the side effects including diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, and the risks of a leg amputation but did not inform the public.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the Invokana cases to be consolidated in New Jersey. As of December of last year, there were over 990 cases involved.
Invokana FDA Black Box Warning
Invokana was first approved by the FDA in 2013. There were no warnings about the life-threatening side effects of the drug until December of 2015. In May of 2017, after two clinical trials, the FDA announced that Invokana would carry a black box warning due to the much higher risk of a leg or foot amputation.
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