Invokana (canagliflozin) is a medication prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes to lower blood sugar levels. Numerous Invokana lawsuits are being filed because patients are experiencing harmful side effects such as heart attacks, kidney failure and ketoacidosis from allegedly taking the medication. In addition to these side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed a warning in September 2015 that Invokana may increase the risk of bone fractures and also warned that the medication might decrease bone mineral density for patients taking the medication.
How Does Invokana Effect Bones?
Information about the risks for bone fractures were already included in the warnings for the medication. However, additional information was obtained from several clinical trials that confirmed the finding that bone fractures occurred more frequently in those patients who took Invokana than those who did not. The trials found that fractures can occur as early as 12 weeks after starting the drug. As a result, the FDA strengthened the warning for bone fractures. In addition, the FDA added a warning about the risk of decreased bone mineral density to the Invokana warning label. A clinical trial was conducted over two years where 714 elderly individuals were given Invokana or a placebo and evaluated for their bone mineral density. The study showed a greater loss of bone mineral density at the hip and lower spine of those taking Invokana compared to those who were not.
Should I Be Concerned?
The FDA recommends that patients taking Invokana should consult with their health care professional about factors that may increase their risk for bone fracture. In the meantime, patients taking Invokana should take care not to get injured. These studies indicate that fractures can occur even from a simple fall at standing height. In addition, older patients are already prone to having weaker bones. They should take care in preventing injury since the medication might further increase the weakening of their bones, especially in the hips and lower spine. Injuries to these areas could require surgery, replacement and a long recovery time. Individuals who have already experienced these side effects or injury might want to speak with an Invokana lawyer.
Speak With An Invokana Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered side effects from taking Invokana, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Invokana lawyers who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file an Invokana lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.