Invokana has recently been linked to an increased risk of foot and leg amputations, among other serious side effects. If you have had to undergo amputation after being treated with Invokana, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced Invokana lawyers across the country. They may be able to file a claim on your behalf and charge no fee unless you get an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll-free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form online.
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What Is Invokana?
Invokana is a medication used to treat type II diabetes. The drug is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a division of Johnson & Johnson. Invokana is a relatively new medication belonging to a family of drugs called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.
Instead of increasing insulin in the body to process excess sugar, Invokana works to control blood sugar levels by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing sugar released into the blood after food has been digested. The sugar is then flushed out of the body in the urine. While this new method of diabetes treatment is very effective in controlling blood sugar, it is also linked to a growing number of serious side effects, including the need for amputation of limbs.
Why is Invokana Dangerous?
Since its initial release onto the market, numerous reports of kidney failure, severe dehydration, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and the need for leg and foot amputations have been reported. Another side effect associated with the drug includes diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces high levels of acid. An increasing number of lawsuits being filed allege that makers of the drug knew of these risks but failed to warn doctors and patients. Invokana continues to be one of the top selling drugs for the treatment of diabetes, making Johnson & Johnson $1.3 billion in 2015 alone.
What is the Link Between Invokana and Amputation?
Recent studies indicate that Invokana doubles the risk of amputation in patients with type 2 diabetes. The data showed a much higher risk of amputations in patients using SGLT2 inhibitors then other medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is thought that part of the reason for this increased risk is the way that Invokana works. While the medication is a popular option due to its effectiveness in controlling blood sugar, many experts believe the risks outweigh the benefits. Warning signs associated with Invokana can include leg pain, the development of ulcers, bruises, numbness or tingling in the feet or toes, and/or pain on walking. If you experience any of these side effects, it is important to notify your health care provider and seek medical treatment.
What Are Invokana Side Effects?
- Low blood sugar
- Frequent urination
- Constant thirst
- Increased appetite
- Urinary tract infections
- Pain / swelling in the legs
- Kidney failure
- Sores / Bruising in the feet and legs
- Pain upon walking
If you have experienced serious side effects after taking Invokana, it is important that you immediately inform your treating physician and contact an experienced Invokana lawyer.
What Is The FDA Doing About Invokana?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication in May of 2017 confirming that Invokana can lead to amputation in patients with type 2 diabetes. Along with the public warning, the FDA required that a “Black Box Warning” be placed on the drug label to warn doctors and patients of the serious risk. The Black Box Warning is considered the FDA’s most serious warning type and is reserved for the most dangerous side effects. The decision to require the additional warning came after results of clinical studies were published verifying that Invokana can double the risk for amputations in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Contact an Experienced Invokana Lawyer Today!
If you have suffered from serious side effects after being treated with Invokana, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Invokana lawyers across the country that handle these cases. There is no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number anytime at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.